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  • Gov. Brown at signing

    On Tuesday, October 6, Governor Brown signed SB 358 (Jackson), the California Fair Pay Act. The Act, aimed at addressing the gender pay gap, will be the nation’s toughest. It seeks to ensure that women are paid equally for performing substantially similar work, and protects employees from retaliation for disclosing/discussing wages or seeking to enforce their rights. Credit goes to Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) for authoring the bill, which had wide bipartisan support, and to co-sponsors
    Equal Rights Advocates, California Employment Lawyers Association, and Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

    The Fair Pay Act Strengthens Existing Law

    California’s Equal Pay Act, Labor Code section 1197.5, was first enacted in 1949 and revised in 1985. It is similar to the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963. The Fair Pay Act bolsters the California Equal Pay Act in the following ways:

    1.   It provides for equal pay for “substantially similar work,” not just equal work in the same establishment.

    This means that a woman need not hold the exact job as her male comparators to seek equal pay. Instead, the works needs to be “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions.”

    2. It eliminates loopholes and limits employers defenses when a wage differential is challenged.

    Previously, the following four defenses were permitted:

  • HeForShe Logo

    Ramit Mizrahi was honored to speak at the UN Women-L.A. Chapter’s HeForShe event on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Below are her remarks.

    Equality in Work

    We are fortunate to live in a society where sex discrimination in employment has been unlawful for over 50 years. Yet we still have a long way to go.

    Gender Pay Gap

    Consider the gender pay gap. According to research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in 2014, women working full-time were earning 82% of what their male peers were earning. Breaking it down further, the wage gap for black and Latina women is even greater, with black women earning 68% and Latina women only 61% of what men do.

    One third of working mothers are single mothers, and a staggering 30% of them live in poverty. It is estimated that closing the gender pay gap would pull half of those families.

    Yet, in the past decade, the gender pay gap has narrowed by just 1.5%.

    Some Causes

    Workplace discrimination and inequality persist in many forms.

    Decades ago, workers were regularly subjected to overt discrimination. It was perfectly normal to have Help Wanted sections in the newspaper divided by jobs for men and women. Sexual harassment of female employees was common.

    The most egregious forms of sex discrimination, harassment, and abuse still happen to the most vulnerable populations among us. For example,

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    On September 26, 2015, Ramit Mizrahi will once again be speaking about the year’s most important employment law cases. The panel will be part of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s 28th Annual Employment Law Conference. She will be speaking alongside Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman, LLP.

    Date and time: September 26, 2015, 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Tentative)

    Location: Marriott Oakland City Center

    Additional information will be posted once the CELA Conference schedule is finalized.

  • Minimum Wage Workers

    In a historic 14-1 vote yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The city attorney’s office has been directed to draft the language of the law for the Council’s final approval. Mayor Eric Garcetti has stated that he intends to sign the law.

    California’s current minimum wage is $9 an hour, and is set to increase to $10 an hour statewide on January 1, 2016.

    The Los Angeles minimum wage increases expected once the law is finalized are as follows:

    • July 1, 2016: $10.50
    • July 1, 2017: $12.00
    • July 1, 2018: $13.25
    • July 1, 2019: $14.25
    • July 1, 2020: $15

    After that, the minimum wage would increase annually pegged to a measure of inflation. Small businesses would have an extra year to comply and certain non-profits could seek an exemption.

    This law will have a tremendous impact on working Angelenos. According to a report by Economic Roundtable, the UCLA Labor Center, and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 723,000 employed, working-age adults in Los Angeles earn . . .

  • Top 100

    Mizrahi Law is pleased to announce that founder Ramit Mizrahi has been selected for two highly prestigious lists:

    • Super Lawyers™ Up-and-Coming 100: 2015 Southern California Rising Stars, and
    • Super Lawyers™ Up-and-Coming 50: Women Southern California Rising Stars.

    This is the first year that Super Lawyers has identified its most highly rated Rising Stars on top 50 and top 100 lists.

    This marks the third year that Ramit Mizrahi was selected a Super Lawyers™ Southern California Rising Star. Only the top 2.5% of eligible attorneys in Southern California are selected as Super Lawyers Rising Stars, reflecting peer recognition of excellence in practice.

    Ms. Mizrahi’s selection as one of the top 100 Rising Stars and top 50 Rising Stars women–already a highly select group of attorneys–reflects that she is highly respected among her peers and is one of the top-rated attorneys in Southern California.

    Ms. Mizrahi remains committed to serving as a tenacious advocate for her clients while working to build collegiality and community in the legal profession.

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    On January 30, 2015, Ramit Mizrahi will be co-teaching a program on the nuts and bolts of an employment practice, geared toward new lawyers and more seasoned practitioners who are new to employment law. The program is presented by State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section and co-sponsored by the California Young Lawyers Association.

    Date and time: Friday, January 30, 2015, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Location: Loyola Law School, 919 Albany Street, Robinson Courtroom, Los Angeles, CA

    Description: This program will give new employment law practitioners an introduction to the basics of an employment law practice. We will follow a hypothetical case from the plaintiff’s initial consultation with counsel through plaintiff’s and defendant’s investigations and pre-filing considerations, exhaustion issues, discovery, motion practice, ADR, and up to the start of trial. Experienced employment law practitioners representing both plaintiffs and defendants will offer their insights on common issues that frequently arise in employment law practice. A networking lunch is included.

    For event information and to register, click here.

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    On February 12, 2015, Ramit Mizrahi will be speaking about the year’s most important employment law cases. The panel will be part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium. She will be speaking alongside Nancy Abell of Paul Hastings, LLP.

    Date and time: February 12, 2015, 8:20–9:50 a.m.

    Description: 2014: In Review and In Perspective. What was your favorite case of 2014? Get your wake-up call and hear about the best and worst of the year from two outstanding panelists who will present the year’s legal developments and discuss what they portend for the labor and employment practitioner in the coming year.

    Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

  • podium

    On November 21, 2014, Ramit Mizrahi will be speaking about depositions of plaintiffs and defendants. The program will be part of a Bridgeport continuing education event titled “Mastering the Deposition.” She will be speaking alongside Eric J. Schindler of the Schindler Law Group.

    Date and time: November 21, 2014, at 9 a.m.

    Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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    On October 11, 2014, Ramit Mizrahi will be speaking about the year’s most important employment law cases. The panel will be part of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s 27th Annual Employment Law Conference. She will be speaking alongside Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman, LLP.

    Date and time: October 11, 2014, 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Location: Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, 1775 E Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

    For event information and to register, click here.

  • podium

    On August 22, 2014, Ramit Mizrahi will be speaking about pre-litigation case investigations and considerations in preparing complaints. She will be speaking alongside Cameron Fox of Paul Hastings LLP. The program will be part of a Bridgeport continuing education event titled Litigating Discrimination & Harassment Claims.

    Date and time: August 22, 2014, at 9:05 a.m.

    Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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