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Activision Blizzard Settles with EEOC Over Toxic Work Culture

Topics: Employment Law

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Fallout from the toxic work culture at Activision Blizzard continues to make front page headlines as it was announced this week that the company had settled possible legal action from the federal US government.  Soon after it was announced that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was pursuing legal action, Activision Blizzard announced that it had settled the case with EEOC.  EEOC is a federal watch dog that enforces certain aspects of employment law, and in this case, was pursuing claims of gender discrimination and harassment. The $18 million settlement will be used to compensate former and current employees who faced discrimination or harassment during their employment at Activision Blizzard.  The company maintains that any of the funds the remain after all eligible claims are disbursed will be used to assist charities dedicated to helping women in the video game industry.  The settlement also requires Activision Blizzard to strengthen efforts to prevent harassment and discrimination at the company. The EEOC settlement is not without its critics.  The labor union Communication Workers of America pointed out that $18 million represents a very tiny fraction of Activision Blizzard's estimated value of $72 billion.  It is unknown exactly how many eligible claimants will be able to seek compensation from the EEOC settlement.  The company is still contending with other legal actions taken by California authorities. See the full news story here. The alleged violations of employment law that occurred at Activision Blizzard were brazen and widespread.  Unfortunately, employment law violations of this nature are not limited to this one company.  The Activision Blizzard legal actions are being widely reported due to the size of the company, but many smaller companies also have toxic work environments. It is important for workers to understand that actions of discrimination and harassment are never acceptable, and if you are a victim, you have the legal right to pursue damages under employment law.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps the victims of discrimination and harassment pursue justice.  We provide free consultations, so call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Pictures from the San Gabriel Chamber Event featuring Jean H. Power

Topics: Events, From Our Office

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we previously blogged, Employment Law Attorney Jean H. Power was a featured speaker at the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce's Business Networking Breakfast hosted last Friday at the Elks Lodge #1328.  Attorney Power spoke on the topic of Labor law: What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in California.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has long been a supporter and active participant in San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce events. We took some pictures at the event, which can be found below![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="5555" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="5556" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="5557" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="5559" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="5558" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="5560" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is Hiring!

Topics: From Our Office

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is hiring! Our legal practice has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to the continued trust of our clients, and we are looking to expand our team with several talented individuals for numerous positions in several different practice areas, including attorneys, case file managers, legal assistants, and receptionists! The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is committed to five core values: Excellence, Commitment, Professionalism, Integrity, and Teamwork. These values, combined with our decades of experience, have enabled our law firm to achieve great results on behalf of our clients. We are proud of organization, and our success is due to the dedication and talent of our attorneys and staff.  We attract our outstanding team by providing interesting work, a supportive and collegial work environment, personal satisfaction, competitive compensation and benefits, and a pathway for professional development and growth. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is an equal opportunity employer. Please visit the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth Careers page for more information about our current open positions.  Please click any of the links below to learn more about any specific position!

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Personal Injury Attorney - San Gabriel, CA Employment Law  Attorney - Remote (California) Workers' Compensation Attorney - Oakland / Bay Area Board Workers' Compensation Attorney - San Francisco / Northern California Board Workers' Compensation Attorney - LA, Van Nuys, Pomona, or MDR Board

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Personal Injury Case File Manager - Bilingual English/Spanish Workers' Compensation Case File Manager - Bilingual English/Mandarin Workers' Compensation Case File Manager - Bilingual English/Spanish Immigration Case File Manager - Trilingual English/Spanish/Mandarin

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Personal Injury Legal Assistant - Bilingual English/Spanish Workers' Compensation Legal Assistant (Onboarding) - Bilingual English/Mandarin Workers' Compensation Legal Assistant (Scheduling)

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Immigration News in the Headlines September 2021

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Immigration law has seen several recent headlines over the past few days.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping immigrants to the United States since 1984 and closely monitors all immigration news and the status of possible federal immigration legislation so that we may better serve our clients.  If you have a question about or need help with any aspect of immigration law in the US, call us today at 888-517-9888 to speak with our immigration experts.  Initial consultations are free. Immigration Provisions in Reconciliation Bill Face Setback Proposed immigration legislation in the United States hit a snag on Sunday after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that an attempt to provide legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants could not be included under budget reconciliation.  If that seems like a lot of random words put together, you're not alone.  What it basically means is that any vote to provide legal status for these undocumented immigrants will require a 60-vote bipartisan majority in the United States Senate, which most political observers believe is unlikely.  Supporters of immigration rights have stated that they will try alternative paths for immigration reform under budget reconciliation, which only requires 50 votes to pass.  This immigration news story will continue to develop. See the full news story here. Biden Administration Wants to Raise Refugee Cap to 125,000 The Biden administration has proposed doubling the cap of refugees allowed into the United States from 62,500 to 125,000 beginning October 1.  The US State Department announced the plan on Monday.  The refugee cap was previously cut dramatically by the Trump administration to 15,000, the lowest level ever set by a presidential administration.  The proposed increase comes just after tens of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan prepare for resettlement into the country. See the full news story here. Mass Expulsion of Haitian Immigrants Under Scrutiny The Biden administration has begun the process of expelling thousands of Haitian asylum seekers camped in Texas after a mass border crossing from Mexico.  It's believed that most of the Haitians attempting to reach the United States are migrating from South America.  According to authorities, nearly 16,000 Haitians were settled into the camp under and around a bridge in Del Rio.  Thousands of the asylum seekers have already been deported back to Haiti, with the Border Patrol stating that the remaining migrants will be deported by the end of the week.  The methods used by the Border Patrol have come under scrutiny by immigrants' rights groups. See the full news story here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Attorney Jean H. Power to Speak at San Gabriel Chamber Event

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Employment law attorney Jean H. Power will be speaking at San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce's Business Networking Breakfast event next Friday, September 24.  This in-person event will be held at the Elks Lodge #1328.  Attorney Power will be speaking on the topic of Labor Law: What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in California alongside Attorney David T. Ching. This complimentary breakfast and business networking event requires reservation by September 22 and can be made at the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce website.  The Chamber welcomes all business professionals. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has a long history of working with the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce and encourages anyone interested in learning more about the employment law topics to be presented by Attorney Power to attend. We hope to see you there![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="5547" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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San Gabriel Valley Master Key – Episode 48 – Larry Wilson

Topics: San Gabriel Valley Master Key

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Episode 48 of the San Gabriel Valley Master Key podcast, co-hosted by Attorney Scott Warmuth, has been recently released on the major podcasting sites! Episode 46 features Larry Wilson, Journalist and Editor.

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Larry Wilson is public editor of the Pasadena Star-News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Whittier Daily News. He is on the editorial board of the parent Southern California News Group, 11 papers throughout the Southland, including the Orange County Register, the Riverside Press Enterprise, the Long Beach Press Telegram and the L.A. Daily News.

For 12 years he was editor of the Star-News, where he has now worked for 33 years.  Prior to overseeing the news side,  he was the paper's editorial page editor. He was on the founding business team at the Pasadena Weekly in 1984, and then was a reporter and assistant editor there.

Available now on Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRADIOVisit the San Gabriel Valley Master Key website for more information.

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Letter of the Law – Navigating the “T” Intersection

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's your friend's housewarming party, and he has invited your family to his new neighborhood, one you are not familiar with.  It's late, it's dark, and you're in an unfamiliar area.  As you're trying to navigate the twists and turns of this incoherently constructed subdivision, you notice a mini traffic jam forming.  In front of you seems to be a big yard with some garden gnomes, but on both your left and right you spot other vehicles slowly approaching on a perpendicular road.  But weirdly, none of you seem to have stop signs.  Luckily, you are familiar with the intricacies of the "T" intersection after reading Scott Warmuth law blog. It is, in fact, your responsibility to stop at this particular intersection, even though you do not have a stop sign.  According to the California DMV Rules of the Road:
At “T” intersections without “STOP” or “YIELD” signs, yield to traffic and pedestrians on the through road. They have the right-of-way.
The DMV handbook also points out that there may even be some full 4-way intersections without any stop or yield signs.  If that happens, the first vehicle into the intersection has the right of way.  If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the right has the right of way, similar to how drivers would navigate a 4-way stop sign. See the full DMV Right of Way Rules of the Road here. Regardless of whether there are any traffic control devices at a T intersection, if you are approaching the intersection from the non-through road it is important to slow down and survey your surroundings.  You are being forced to turn and should evaluate the roads for any other vehicle traffic or pedestrians before proceeding.  This is especially important if you do not have a stop sign.  It is also important to note that even if you were on the through road, it is important to drive carefully, especially in residential neighborhoods. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps people who have been injured in car crashes through no fault of their own.  Our auto accident attorneys can help you seek medical treatment, repair damaged vehicles, recover lost wages, and seek compensation for pain and suffering.  We provide free consultations and provide our services risk free: if we do not win your case you will not be charged for any attorney fees.  Call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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San Gabriel Valley Master Key – Episode 47 – Joaquin Lim

Topics: San Gabriel Valley Master Key

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Episode 47 of the San Gabriel Valley Master Key podcast, co-hosted by Attorney Scott Warmuth, has been recently released on the major podcasting sites! Episode 46 features Joaquin Lim, educator and politician.

Episode Description:

From 1995-2012, Mr. Lim served as the mayor and council-member for the city of Walnut, California. During his tenure on the council, he also served two terms as the president of the Chinese American Elected Officials (CEO) in Southern California. He was a delegate to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and he sat on the board of directors of several government and private agencies. His community achievement earned him the honor of being featured in a 2002 book entitled "Distinguished Asian American Political and Governmental Leaders".

Prior to becoming the President of AIEF (American International Education Foundation), Mr. Lim served as the executive director of California Institute of Public Administration (CIPA) from 2004 to 2013. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at California State University in Long Beach.

Available now on Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRADIOVisit the San Gabriel Valley Master Key website for more information.

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Happy Labor Day to All the Workers!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Labor Day celebrates workers and is observed in the US on the first Monday of every September.  It was officially recognized by the US government in 1894 at the insistence of the labor movement of the day and is intended to celebrate the contributions workers have made to the country's prosperity.  Many industries close in observance of the holiday, many retail companies remain open and promote sales, which is why Labor day is associated with car and mattress sales for many people. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth fights for the rights of workers all year long by helping injured workers pursue workers' compensation benefits and pursuing companies that illegally discriminate and underpay their employees.  This Labor Day, our law firm will renew its dedication to the health and the well-being of the clients who place their utmost trust in us to help them pursue justice. We hope you've enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!  Our offices are closed today to honor our own dedicated staff.  If you are a worker and have had your rights violated by your employer, please contact us for a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Work-Related Permanent Injuries

Topics: Workers' Compensation

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Under workers' compensation laws, when workers become injured they receive medical treatment.  Unfortunately, even the best medical treatment does not return some injured workers back to full health.  When further medical treatment will not improve an injured worker's condition, he or she may be declared permanent and stationary (P&S) by the treating physician.  The physician will then prepare a P&S report to document the current condition of the injured worker. Typically, P&S report list specific medical problems and describe how much pain you are experiencing. P&S reports also include details about your injury, and whether it will restrict your ability to work or require future medical care.  A P&S report will also estimate how much of your permanent injury was caused by your previous work duties.  If someone falls off a ladder, it's likely that the injury was caused 100 percent by work duties, as the injury would not have happened otherwise.  But if the injury is repetitive or could conceivably be at least partially attributed to your recreational indoor soccer hobby, the doctor will say so. When the P&S report is ready, your treating physician will send it to the claims administrator.  You have the right to receive a copy.  The report will affect future benefits, so obtaining a copy to make sure it's accurate is important.  If you have questions or believe some information is missing or inaccurate, you can speak with your doctor.  You also have the right to request a second opinion if you do not think the P&S report is correct. When the P&S report is ready, be sure to request a copy of it from the claims administrator.  The P&S report will affect your future benefits so it’s very important to make sure your report is accurate.  Speak to your treating doctor if you have questions or find any information that is missing or inaccurate.  Incorrect or missing information could result in a loss of benefits.  You have the right to challenge a P&S report and request a second opinion if you are unhappy with the results. Workers' compensation law is notoriously complex, especially in California.  A skilled injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and fight to protect them.  If you've suffered an injury at work, call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 for a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]