The Jett Law Firm, APC

The Jett Law Firm, APC California labor & employment lawyers. You aren't looking for trouble at work, sometimes trouble finds you anyway. Don't leave your livelihood to chance.
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Daniel Parker Jett has lived in the Pasadena area most of his life--continuously since 1995—and is a product of its culture. Pasadenans are proudly distinct from the rest of Los Angeles. We raise our families, we love the Rose Parade, we enjoy our leisure time. But mostly, we work for a living. For the last 20 years, Dan Jett been blessed to work in the area of law he has loved since his youth: labor and employment law. For most of those last 20 years, Mr. Jett has practiced law with large law firms in Los Angeles representing some of the largest companies in the world in state and federal courts and before state and federal government agencies. Mr. Jett understands the legal labyrinth that is California labor and employment law. He knows the in's and out's of the court system and litigation in Southern California. He knows what works and what doesn't. This is what he loves to do. Jett has come to recognize the dignity that meaningful work bestows on each person. Your livelihood matters. And your work matters to him. Jett is prepared to offer you the finest and most economically sensitive legal representation you will be able to find in Los Angeles. Jett received His Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pepperdine University in Malibu and his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego. Jett has been licensed to practice law in California continuously since December 1, 1995 (California State Bar No. 178070). Jett is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, the American Bar Association, and the Pasadena Bar Association. Jett is also admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia (inactive) and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Jett is pleased to be rated "AV-Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed as a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers for Los Angeles Magazine.

Mission: Don't leave your livelihood to chance. Work is where you spend most of your waking hours. Your work, your livelihood, is what makes the rest of your life possible. - To pay for medical care, the best available in the world, for you and your family to prolong your lives. - To pay tuition for schools, where you push your children to excel in the hope that they will attend prestigious colleges, achieve great things and surpass your own accomplishments. - To pay for athletic teams, instruction and equipment for your kids, so that they can enjoy their time with friends and develop physically and socially. - To pay for music lessons and instruments for their intellectual and artistic development. - To take family vacations together. - To care for your family pets, including veterinarians, as though they are one of your own children. You well know that these normal parts of life cost money. And that money typically comes from your work. Your livelihood gives you the means to care for your family and better enjoy your downtime. And like anyone, you take particular offense when others interfere with your ability to enjoy that downtime. Don't squander your downtime worrying about whether your company's legal and personnel issues are being properly addressed. Your livelihood is too important to leave to chance. Protect your legacy and your personal time with effective and dynamic legal representation. Retain the best lawyer you can afford to protect your livelihood, the well-being of your family and promise of your future. Retain THE JETT LAW FIRM to represent your legal interests.

Operating as usual

Everybody wants a piece of the action against Uber and Lyft—the California Attorney General, the California Labor Commis...
08/06/2020
California Labor Regulator Accuses Uber and Lyft of 'Systemic Wage Theft' | The Recorder

Everybody wants a piece of the action against Uber and Lyft—the California Attorney General, the California Labor Commissioner and multiple City Attorneys have sued the ride-share firms for violating new laws requiring them to make driver’s ‘employees’ of the companies rather than independent contractors. The designation amounts to a declaration of war over billions of dollars in payroll taxes and corporate revenue.

An Uber spokesperson responded: “The vast majority of California drivers want to work independently, and we’ve already made significant changes to our app to ensure that remains the case under state law.

07/28/2020

Olivia de Havilland died this weekend at age 104. Aside from being an Oscar winning actress and the last surviving cast member of “Gone With The Wind,” she helped reduce the power of the film studio contract system by suing Warner Bros. Studios back in the 1940s. As a result of her activism, the California legislature adopted California Labor Code section 2855, which limits the term of contracts for unique personal devices to seven years. It is called the de Havilland Law.

So if Mike Trout or Mookie Betts ever wants out of his contract with the Angels or Dodgers in seven years, they can thank Olivia de Havilland for that right. Of course, I can think of no good reason they would ever want out of those contracts...

It will be especially hard to “ restart” the economy where half of America is earning more from unemployment benefits th...
04/29/2020
Coronavirus Relief Often Pays Workers More Than Work

It will be especially hard to “ restart” the economy where half of America is earning more from unemployment benefits than at work until after July 31st...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-relief-often-pays-workers-more-than-work-11588066200?emailToken=04afffc6628d31c75075ea916ca87392h4ETPD8SGdyPRjo0gfoO0sS2OT1ic0uE43mVHsVxyCpzOXS4nxazT8LnCVZ8ie8EFLEVsr49Wgfcl0QFivD5Xh6iYHakKAjOIV2neuFHiL061fLSeTXuz/fzsXIMdShA&reflink=article_copyURL_share

Roughly half of all U.S. workers stand to earn more in unemployment benefits than they did at their jobs before the coronavirus pandemic shut down wide swaths of the U.S. economy, a result of government relief that employers say is complicating plans to reopen businesses.

It just doesn’t get any better than thishttps://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2020/03/06/sen-lucido-ordered-to-t...
03/08/2020
Sen. Lucido ordered to take sexual harassment sensitivity training after allegedly sexually harassing woman during sensitivity training

It just doesn’t get any better than this

https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2020/03/06/sen-lucido-ordered-to-take-sexual-harassment-sensitivity-training-after-allegedly-sexually-harassing-woman-during-sensitivity-training

Republican Sen. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township was disciplined after multiple women came forward alleging sexual harassment — including Democrat Sen. Mallory McMorrow from Royal...

While allowing drivers to set their own prices may help with "independent contractor" status, it is possible to foresee ...
01/22/2020
Uber Tests Feature Allowing Some California Drivers to Set Fares

While allowing drivers to set their own prices may help with "independent contractor" status, it is possible to foresee fares suing for discrimination if they perceive they are being ripped off by a high charge.

The ride-hailing company is letting drivers at airports in three California cities charge up to five times the fare Uber sets. The move aims to give drivers more autonomy after a new state law took effect.

Churches enjoy effective categorical immunity from most employment discrimination laws we usually take for granted. Chur...
01/22/2020
‘It’s Like I Got Kicked Out of My Family.’ Churches Struggle With Mental Health in the Ranks.

Churches enjoy effective categorical immunity from most employment discrimination laws we usually take for granted. Church leaders sometimes exploit that immunity to unjust results.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/its-like-i-got-kicked-out-of-my-family-churches-struggle-with-mental-health-in-the-ranks-11579547221?emailToken=ae6faf010bca87ea5a718ac8cb014fe9BPeyYZb90O1ZGQ1JybT9UREDFf/20RJPXyEgLFKx1TbeW6od4AxCe0aogtEqtXCcWQKA95Pi2keFdMZeDiibi26ycRuiD4KvGpq+A06/iNkEW2OtliXAJToiynR2P8Dr6yWz/GS9TRganZ4stJknyMaPQMR0ksyqDBAX0Mx1Gvo%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share

In an exception to disability law, Christian pastors can lose jobs over conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder. Congregations are often left in the dark.

Grammys Executive Files Sexual Harassment Complaint https://www.wsj.com/articles/recording-academy-ceo-files-discriminat...
01/22/2020
Recording Academy CEO Files Discrimination Complaint Days Before Grammy Awards

Grammys Executive Files Sexual Harassment Complaint

https://www.wsj.com/articles/recording-academy-ceo-files-discrimination-complaint-days-before-grammy-awards-11579660449?emailToken=fc9ae0ddadfdf6da0cdf203979a3602cYo2grYwZae+G6kVzpEzvYCwLUWZ8NzXJO4yF1X24NzgwFnmpx55JEgFGSZGtStQaSn5Ux0gFO04kSAxl1+5snlq4UvUW/vx3bExgbPxDYMOXXvgrkAATf8nKhaQoKnAfv594f7gSnuzrUAwcgkagEA%3D%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share

The chief executive of the Recording Academy, who has been on leave involuntarily since last week, filed a discrimination complaint alleging that the group’s general counsel sexually harassed her and that its board of directors improperly influences nominations for the Grammy Awards.

CNN has agreed to pay $76 million to end a long-running National Labor Relations Board dispute alleging it violated fede...
01/10/2020
BREAKING: CNN To Pay Fired Techs $76M In Record NLRB Settlement - Law360

CNN has agreed to pay $76 million to end a long-running National Labor Relations Board dispute alleging it violated federal labor law by firing more than 100 unionized technical workers in 2003, the agency said Friday.

WOW! That is a HUGE monetary award. 17 years of back pay for over 100 workers is LOT of dough.

CNN has agreed to pay $76 million to end a long-running National Labor Relations Board dispute alleging it violated federal labor law by firing more than 100 unionized technical workers in 2003, the agency said Friday.

Seems like a bad ruling, saying the journalists waited "too long" to file a lawsuit challenging the new law regarding in...
01/10/2020
Federal judge holds freelancers to new California labor law

Seems like a bad ruling, saying the journalists waited "too long" to file a lawsuit challenging the new law regarding independent contractors. The law was only passed a couple months ago! Judges can't expect these small associations to mobilize that quickly.

A federal judge will not temporarily exempt freelance journalists and photographers from a broad new California labor law that they fear could put some of them out of business.

01/08/2020
https://www.wsj.com/articles/cost-of-employer-provided-health-coverage-passes-20-000-a-year-11569429000?emailToken=c70b0...
09/25/2019
Cost of Employer-Provided Health Coverage Passes $20,000 a Year

https://www.wsj.com/articles/cost-of-employer-provided-health-coverage-passes-20-000-a-year-11569429000?emailToken=c70b001e2968139216b632c5aaaafba28L5Sd21ZgOkdbsF+pWWAR195ej7ydErjjkBaRgjkRamXu+LqMKlz/2x9Wz3tjxb9Sy/NW7oNXV5qZgMDF0G9vCamC2MI+nv+1jT9k1LrTEhzxuCn8GRCjOyGvmjAYYKX&reflink=article_copyURL_share

The average total cost of employer-provided health coverage passed $20,000 for a family plan this year, according to a new survey, a landmark that will likely resonate politically as health care has become an early focus of the presidential campaign.

“It makes everyone take notice,” said State Senator Karen Keiser of Washington, whose Legislature could take up the meas...
09/12/2019
Confusion and Defiance Follow California’s New Contractor Law

“It makes everyone take notice,” said State Senator Karen Keiser of Washington, whose Legislature could take up the measure next year. “It’s not just a bright idea from left field. It gives it a seriousness and weight that is always helpful when you’re trying to pass a new law.”

Um, no. But Lemmings over the cliff comes to mind.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/business/economy/uber-california-bill.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

After state lawmakers voted to extend minimum-wage and other protections to independent contractors, Uber said it would not treat its drivers as employees.

Drivers for Lyft and Uber are about to lose a lot of freedom--and consumers are about to lose a lot of convenience--with...
09/10/2019
Uber, Lyft Poised to Lose Fight Against California Bill to Label Drivers Employees

Drivers for Lyft and Uber are about to lose a lot of freedom--and consumers are about to lose a lot of convenience--with new legislation that is likely to be approved by Gov. Newsom. Odds are that a lot fewer people are going to agree to become regular employees of either Lyft of Uber. When the supply of drivers is diminished, it will cost more and be harder to hail a ride from these now ubiquitous ride-share services. California's tendency to over-legislate in the area of employment law is about to legislate one of the State's best innovations out of existence.

The proposed bill would force ride-sharing companies Uber Technologies and Lyft to reclassify many drivers as full-time employees, likely upending their business model.

A giant law firm, #JonesDay, offers 18 weeks of paid maternity leave to female employees, but only 10 weeks to fathers w...
08/20/2019
Jones Day Parental Leave Bias Suit Likely to Reverberate | National Law Journal

A giant law firm, #JonesDay, offers 18 weeks of paid maternity leave to female employees, but only 10 weeks to fathers who serve as the primary caregivers to their children. It is possible that the firm "presumes" that its female employees will be disabled for an additional eight weeks during and/or after pregnancy, which may be a form of discrimination against women. Now the firm's male employees have filed a class-action sex discrimination lawsuit against the firm. Several other major law firms apparently maintain similar policies.

Several other legal industry leaders offer parental leave policies similar to Jones Day's, which put the firm in the crosshairs of two former associates with sterling resumes.

Technology is allowing payday to arrive sooner and more frequentlyhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/the-wait-for-payday-doesn...
08/10/2019
The Wait for Payday Doesn’t Have to Be So Long

Technology is allowing payday to arrive sooner and more frequently

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-wait-for-payday-doesnt-have-to-be-so-long-11565429401?emailToken=403df99a25f39f346a72e8798dbf7168Usyi+uOcHyz6LaKZoC8BCN5S5AkIjOCtxHfduA8XTWzSO6N8KR4o5oWWC4jAw/VcFxzGyFuFIlHGmZmvvXoSKpQkX5m9GuCRFe+Iczl4Ggg%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share

Lawmakers want to change the technology underlying the business pay cycle so workers can get paid faster—and some companies are experimenting with ways to do it now.

In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. https://www.wsj.com/articles/being-a-law-firm-partner-was-o...
08/10/2019
Being a Law Firm Partner Was Once a Job for Life. That Culture Is All but Dead.

In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/being-a-law-firm-partner-was-once-a-job-for-life-that-culture-is-all-but-dead-11565362437?emailToken=e1601283511e2c0cdcd0a762fe1a8752Aqr65ftJceNtH91uL1Rnoi9kUVjHvMa9r6ZE3nbt9g7J+PejRTB9xcpk62R2uqZcFbkJENz3+UJf49VZ8VwlDjq4C7sqAORA8eotfSdnkUP6UifMbUOCgpmJaHwi1ptMnzngLG6igWdK3x46q9PiqQ%3D%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share

At the modern law firm, not all partners are created equal, and data and billings rule. In the new paradigm, lawyers are expendable, and partners may jump to a competitor for the right amount of money, taking clients with them on the way out.

Grossing up lost wages for additional tax penalties is now a thing...
06/24/2019
Can You Claim Higher Tax Bills As Lawsuit Damages?

Grossing up lost wages for additional tax penalties is now a thing...

Claiming additional taxes as damages is becoming more common in litigation, and plaintiffs are winning additional recoveries.

$1,850,000 back wages + $515,000 civil penalties + $19,000 for wage deductions (having workers pay for their own towels)...
04/18/2019
Calif. Labor Commish Tells Car Wash To Cough Up $2.4M - Law360

$1,850,000 back wages + $515,000 civil penalties + $19,000 for wage deductions (having workers pay for their own towels) = sunk car wash

Playa Vista Car Wash in Culver City gets hammered by California Labor Commissioner

https://www.law360.com/articles/1151073/calif-labor-commish-tells-car-wash-to-cough-up-2-4m

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office ordered a Los Angeles-area car wash to shell out nearly $2.4 million Wednesday after an investigation showed it stiffed dozens of workers out of pay through a variety of illegal practices.

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