California's 40 million residents can legally engage in the recreational use of marijuana after January 1. While one legal obstacle to its use was removed, there may be civil litigation stemming from the workplace use of marijuana.
California homeowners can face serious consequences in civil litigation over late mortgage payments. Foreclosure can cause serious financial consequences. Mortgage payments are usually due on the first day of each month, but extensions can be granted until the fifteenth of the month before a late fee is charged. Late fees may be charged for each month a payment is missed or if a homeowner goes into default or is 30 days late.
Parties in civil litigation in California may face enormous, even multi-million-dollar consequences. Earlier this month, Mozilla filed a lawsuit against Yahoo alleging breach of contract over a 2014 deal. Mozilla filed this countersuit after being sued by Yahoo and is seeking hundreds of million dollars in this action.
Women alleging sexual misconduct by powerful and well-known celebrities, such as Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Matt Lauer, face many risks. Strictly speaking, they may also face the risk of a civil lawsuit by breaking nondisclosure agreements. However, the risk of a breach of contract lawsuit in these cases have decreased.
Employees have undertaken civil litigation when their employers have penalized them over their pregnancies and other family matters. In an unusual case, however, a school guidance counselor filed a wrongful termination lawsuit earlier this month and claimed that his school district fired him because his wife gave birth to twins.
Inappropriate touching, rude comments and other types of sexual harassment can lead to additional legal issues at the workplace such as wrongful termination. A former NBC Universal employee in Los Angeles filed a wrongful termination civil action in Sept. against her former employer and claimed that it created a hostile work environment by not fully investigating sexual harassment charges.
Sexual harassment charges receive notoriety when it involves Hollywood power brokers but its consequences also harm wage workers who may need to seek remedies through civil litigation. A janitor for Berkeley-based real-estate owners filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer in which she claimed that her employer fired her in retaliation for her sexual harassment complaints.
A wrongful termination lawsuit can involve all types of workplaces and employees. The former Playmate of the Month for May 1986 settled civil litigation against an Orange County Supervisor for $150,000 last month.
Seeking justice for fraud and corruption are not limited to criminal actions in California. These matters may be resolved through civil litigation in state courts.
A 52-year-old former Facebook employee commenced civil litigation with the social media platform over the termination of his job two years ago allegedly because of his age and the company's intent to replace him with a younger worker at lower pay. The suit, filed in September in the Los Angeles Superior Court, also charges that Facebook engaged in wrongful termination, disability discrimination, retaliation and that the company intentionally inflicted emotional distress.