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  • 5-March-2019

    The DMV is Required to Publish a Driver’s Handbook that Includes Citizen’s Civil Rights During a California Police Stop

    Amid the profusion of increasing claims of civil rights violations during California traffic stops, on September 23, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2918, Chapter 723, that requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to include in their Driver’s Handbook a car operator’s and their passengers’ rights when a police officer pulls over […]

  • 27-February-2019

    Pretrial Incarcerated Defendants Seek Freedom in California

    It is not a crime to be poor in the United States. Therefore, lengthy pretrial incarceration of individuals charged with, but not convicted of, a crime is a violation of their Constitutional rights. When a poor person can’t afford to pay their bond so they can be released from jail pending trial, but a rich […]

  • 20-February-2019

    California Employees Can Look Forward to Positive and Significant Workplace Changes

    In the interest of employee rights and concerns, California Governor Jerry Brown signed significant and positive employee-friendly legislation that took  effect January 1, 2019. The bills Governor Brown signed cover sexual harassment, mandatory supervisor and employee sexual harassment training, gender quotas for publicly traded corporations, limitations on criminal history inquiries, lactation accommodations, expanded paid family […]

  • 9-February-2019

    Esteemed California Lawyer’s Relentless Fight for Minorities’ Civil Rights

    In March 2018, legislation was introduced by U.S. representative, Mike Takano, that would require federal authorities to examine unfair racial disparities in California auto insurance premiums.  Takano’s legislation was proposed after Consumer Reports and ProPublica co-published articles reporting that some major auto insurers are charging higher premiums in supposedly “risky” California African American and Hispanic neighborhoods […]

  • 1-February-2019

    Judge Grants Trial in San Bernardino Sheriff Helicopter Shooting

    Villegas Family shooting

    On February 1, 2019, Judge Donna Garza, of the San Bernardino Superior Court, gave the Villegas family the green light to proceed to trial by denying the County of San Bernardino’s Motion for Summary Judgement.  Judge Garza specifically noted that the San Bernardino Sheriff Deputies in a police helicopter increased the risk of harm to […]

  • 29-November-2018

    V. James DeSimone Law Obtains $500,000 Punitive Damages

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Awards $500,000 in Punitive Damages Against The Wheel Group for Firing their Employee Because She Had Cancer In the case of Maria Lopez et al. vs. Wheel Group Holdings dba The Wheel Group, BC 545112, the trial Judge Randolph Hammock awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against the company for firing […]

  • 17-September-2018

    Understanding FMLA and the California Family Rights Act

    Ideally, all covered employers would easily understand and have the compassion and resources to comply with the requirements of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). When an employee has worked for an employer under specific guidelines, they are legally permitted to take up to 26 weeks […]

  • 7-September-2018

    Understanding SB396 – Transgender Work Opportunity Act

    Many progressive Californians continue to push against sex discrimination in the workplace under the protections of Title VII of the 1963 Civil Rights Act and recently enacted Senate Bill (SB) 396, and progress is being made. The 2017 SB396, titled the Transgender Work Opportunity Act, expands sex discrimination protections to include fair employment regarding gender […]

  • 29-August-2018

    It’s Time to Reform Los Angeles Jails

    The activist group Reform L.A. Jails’ voice against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ proposed $3.5 billion budget to expand the jail system was heard loud and clear during an April 5 rally to protest the Board’s proposal. If the County taxpayer-funded budget makes its way onto the November 6 ballot and is passed, […]

  • 17-August-2018

    Lawsuit filed alleging Race, gender discrimination at Los Angeles World Airport Police Department

    Wrongful termination is part of a pattern against African American leaders, according to lawsuit filed by fired lieutenant Aug. 16, 2018 Los Angeles, Calif. — The head of the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department engaged in systemic racism against African American lieutenants, commanding officers and sergeants since he took over the agency less than […]

  • 16-August-2018

    V. James DeSimone: Giving Back to the Community

    As a deeply committed advocate for the oppressed, underprivileged, and marginalized of society, early in his career attorney James DeSimone began his career in 1987 representing lower-income families and individuals who needed but could not afford an attorney. When he started in private law practice, his work has been firmly grounded in his passionate belief […]

  • 16-July-2018

    A Brief History of Gender Discrimination Laws and Milestones

    It has been nearly 60 years since the Women’s Liberation Movement began in 1960 and the birth control pill was federally approved, thereby allowing women more freedom to make life and career choices. As the movement progressed and women began entering the paid workforce in higher numbers than ever in American history, cries over disparity […]

  • 29-May-2018

    Todd Williamson vs Villa Marina Marketplace

    Todd Williamson Sues Mall A broken elevator limits mall access for longtime AMC Theatre employee with cerebral palsy and others with disabilities. LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2018 – For an employee with cerebral palsy, a broken elevator is much more than a simple inconvenience. For Todd Williamson, it means never being able to leave his […]

  • 29-May-2018

    Police Harassment and a Citizen’s Constitutional Rights

    As American citizens, we expect police to treat us fairly and keep us safe. It is their foremost responsibility to protect the public, an often difficult task, and that includes protecting our Constitutional and civil rights. Though they encounter challenging situations as a matter of duty, they are trained to respect and comply with Constitutional, […]

  • 23-May-2018

    Pursuing a False Imprisonment or False Arrest Lawsuit in Los Angeles

    Once you’ve been falsely arrested and/or falsely imprisoned, not only could you be traumatized and embarrassed, but when a case is publicly recorded, your social and professional reputation may also be tarnished. Because of the false arrest, (even if you were later found not-guilty of the suspected offense), others may still view you as a […]

  • 14-May-2018

    Data on the Use of Deadly Force by California Police

    With the recent killing by Sacramento, California police of 22-two-year old, Stephon Clark, who was unarmed in his grandparents’ backyard, the issue of deadly force has blasted into the nation’s headlines once again. Alarmingly, the number of citizens killed by police yearly in the United States is increasing. In 2016, the Sacramento Bee reported that […]

  • 9-May-2018

    Brendon Glenn Memorial Rally in Venice Beach

    Federal prosecutors should pursue charges against LAPD officer, family’s attorney says. Venice, Calif. —  It’s been three years since Brendon Glenn was shot to death by Los Angeles Police officer Clifford Proctor outside a bar on the Venice boardwalk. A memorial rally was held Saturday, May 5, 2018.  to honor Glenn’s life. Community activist groups […]

  • 7-May-2018

    Defining a Hostile Work Environment and Your Rights

    You’re there to do your job, and you’re doing what you feel is your best. But if while you are focused on work tasks you’re distracted by hostility and bullying, your job performance and overall well-being are affected. Simply being annoyed or irritated by people or occurrences on-the-job is not the legal definition of a […]

  • 24-April-2018

    Attorney James DeSimone Interview With Dr. Drew Pinsky

    In April of 2018, Dr. Drew Pinsky, (known from his work as a host on Loveline, Celebrity Rehab and Teen Mom), interviewed V. James DeSimone, the attorney for Brandon Glenn’s family. The police shooting of Brandon Glenn, (an unarmed, homeless black man), happened in the city of Venice in 2015 and gained national media attention […]

  • 23-April-2018

    Pregnancy Job Discrimination – Laws, Rights & Remedies

    When a woman is pregnant or has recently given birth, she is entitled to the same civil rights as any other employee.  Failure by an employer to meet the federal and state laws created to protect pregnant employees is considered sex discrimination, a violation of civil rights, which is prohibited by Title VII of the […]