As the last days of September slip away, people in California and across the country turn their attention to fall and the holidays that come with it. In fact, people in this country are projected to spend more than $9 billion this year on Halloween alone. As a result, many companies are planning on how to best capitalize on these planned expenditures. In fact, costumes are such big business that Kmart faces litigation over a costume that may be extremely familiar to some.
A decade ago, telling someone to "google" something would likely be met with a look of confusion. However, Google has become such a household word that almost everyone in California and across the United States is familiar with the company. Lately, though, many people are associating the company with issues related to workplace discrimination rather than a successful technology company. Google now faces even more litigation after three former employers filed a class action lawsuit.
Surgery is a complicated undertaking. Those who perform it in California must have years of training and education. Unfortunately, one surgeon in another state who questioned his employer's -- a hospital -- policy of allowing doctors to perform more than one surgery at once has recently turned to litigation after he claims he was wrongfully terminated.
Many people in California and other areas of the country would likely agree that those with different political ideologies are currently at odds with one another. Many instances of protests and conflict fill the news relatively frequently. In one pending case, the use of a photographer's image of a protest is at the center of the litigation.
It takes a special temperament and personality to work as a nurse in a nursing home facility. These caregivers are tasked with the physically and emotionally difficult task of caring for those who are no longer to do so themselves. Often, nurses in California are required to be the voice and advocate of their patients, ensuring that they are heard and given an appropriate response. Unfortunately, a nurse in another state may turn to litigation after she was fired for insisting that a patient's assault claims were reported to police.
Many employees in California work hard at their job, often spending years with the same employer as they work toward retirement. Unfortunately, some older workers have found themselves facing increased scrutiny in an attempt to force them into retirement in order to cut costs. For those workers who are pushed out of their job solely based on their age, litigation may be the best path to justice.
For over two decades, children in California and across the country were encouraged to read on the television show "Reading Rainbow" by show host LeVar Burton. However, the show was canceled in 2006. Now Burton faces a pending lawsuit after the public broadcaster that owns the show, WNED, accused him of copyright infringement.
There are laws in place that protect employees from inappropriate behavior such as sexual harassment. Additionally, employees should feel free to report such unlawful behavior without fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, a female pastor in California claims the church that employed her fired her after she complained about sexual harassment at the hands of the head pastor. As a result, she has now turned to litigation.
Many people in California and across the world believe that providing books to young children can have positive benefits. With that thought in mind, a company called KinderGuides created adaptations of several books deemed classics; their goal is to help children appreciate classic literature while still young. While some people question whether young children can fully appreciate the works of Ernest Hemingway, for example, others -- including the estates and publishers of many of the authors -- have pursued litigation against the company.
Employers in California are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits for their employees. The benefits provide for medical expenses and lost wages in the event that an employee is injured while on the job. Unfortunately, a man in another state claims that he was wrongfully terminated after he filed a workers' compensation claim. Litigation resulting from the man's claim recently resulted in a $1.26 million award in his favor.