A well-known Los Angeles employment law firm, Martin & Martin, is being sued by the California State Labor Commission after allegedly firing a receptionist because she had to report for jury duty. The lawsuit claims that the firm took retaliatory actions against the employee by unlawfully terminating her from her job.
In 2009, the California Department of Industrial Relations directed the law firm to reinstate the receptionist and reimburse her for lost pay. The law firm subsequently appealed that decision and lost. To date the firm has failed to comply with the directives of the California Department of Industrial Relations, igniting a new law suit against the firm.
The lawsuit comes as unfortunate news since those most knowledgeable of employment law should be guardians of employee rights, not violators of them.