Sayema Hameed Is Named A 2015 Southern California Rising Star


Pasadena, CA – Cabada & Hameed LLP is pleased to announce that partner Sayema Hameed has been selected as a 2015 Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers, an attorney rating service that honors outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  This is the seventh consecutive year that Ms. Hameed has achieved this recognition.

The Super Lawyers Rising Stars list includes top attorneys who are age 40 or younger or have been in practice less than ten years. Super Lawyers selects attorneys through a patented multi-phase process including peer nominations combined with individual research of the candidates. No more than 2.5% of attorneys in the region receive this recognition.  Ms. Hameed was previously recognized as a Rising Star in 2009 through 2014.

The complete list of Southern California Rising Stars will be published in the July 2015 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine and the July 2015 edition of Los Angeles magazine.  Ms. Hameed’s name will also appear in the September 2015 Top Women Attorneys in Southern California section of Los Angeles magazine.

Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC: Franchisor Not Liable As An “Employer” For Sexual Harassment By Franchisee Employee


by Sayema Hameed

Is a franchisor liable for the wrongful acts of a franchisee employee?  The short answer is, “It depends.”  The longer answer involves an analysis of whether the franchisor demonstrates the characteristics of an “employer” under California law.

In a recent case, Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC (Cal. Sup. Ct. Case No. S204543, filed August 28, 2014), the California Supreme Court held that a franchisor, Domino’s Pizza, LLC, did not satisfy the criteria to be deemed an “employer” and was, therefore, not vicariously liable for alleged sexual harassment by a franchisee employee (a male supervisor) against another franchisee employee (a female subordinate employee).

Specifically, the franchisor here was not involved in the day-to-day decisions involving hiring, supervision, and discipline of the employees, and nothing in the franchise agreement contractually required or allowed the franchisor to make or control such employment decisions.

Sayema Hameed Is Named A 2014 Southern California Rising Star By Super Lawyers


Pasadena, CA – Cabada & Hameed LLP is pleased to announce that partner Sayema Hameed has been selected as a Rising Star in the 2014 Southern California Rising Stars edition of Super Lawyers Magazine.  Super Lawyers is an attorney rating service that honors outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  This is the sixth consecutive year that Ms. Hameed has achieved this recognition.

The Super Lawyers Rising Stars list includes top attorneys who are age 40 or younger or have been in practice less than ten years. Super Lawyers selects attorneys through a multi-phase process including peer nominations and evaluations combined with individual research of the candidates. Ms. Hameed was previously recognized as a Rising Star in 2009 through 2013. The full list of Southern California Rising Stars can be viewed in the digital edition of Super Lawyers Magazine here: Super Lawyers Magazine – Southern California Rising Stars 2014.

California Expands Whistleblower Protections and Anti-Retaliation Provisions


by Sayema Hameed

In October 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 666, Assembly Bill 263 and Senate Bill 496 to expand whistleblower protections and anti-retaliations provisions in California.  These three bills address whistleblowing, immigration status and claims regarding unpaid wages.  These bills also confirm that whistleblowers are not required to exhaust administrative remedies to pursue a civil cause of action for whistleblower retaliation.  These significant changes in the law took effect on January 1, 2014.

An Overview of California’s Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) Programs


by Sayema Hameed

California’s State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for eligible California workers. The SDI programs are state-mandated and funded through employee payroll deductions. SDI provides affordable, short-term benefits to eligible workers.  Workers covered by SDI are eligible for two wage-replacement programs: Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL).

California Governor Brown Signs SB 292 To Amend FEHA: Sexual Desire Not Necessary To Prove Sexual Harassment


by Sayema Hameed

On Monday, August 12, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 292, which amends the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), Government Code Section 12940, to state as follows:

Sexually harassing conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire.

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This amendment, authored by California Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay), is aimed at protecting the rights of individuals who are sexually harassed in the workplace and was proposed in direct response to the Court of Appeal’s decision in Kelley v. Conco Companies (2011) 196 Cal.App.4th 191.

Sayema Hameed Is Named A 2013 Southern California Rising Star By Super Lawyers


Pasadena, CA – Cabada & Hameed LLP is pleased to announce that partner Sayema Hameed has been selected as a Rising Star in the 2013 Southern California Rising Stars edition of Super LawyersSuper Lawyers is an attorney rating service that honors outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  This is the fifth year in a row that Ms. Hameed has achieved this recognition.

The Super Lawyers Rising Stars list includes top attorneys who are age 40 or younger or have been in practice less than ten years. Super Lawyers selects attorneys through a multi-phase process including peer nominations and evaluations combined with individual research of the candidates. Ms. Hameed was previously recognized as a Rising Star in 2009 through 2012. The full list of Southern California Rising Stars can be viewed in the digital edition of Super Lawyers Magazine here: Super Lawyers Magazine – Southern California Rising Stars 2013.

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California Law Regarding Employee Access To Personnel Files


by Sayema Hameed

As of January 1, 2013, California Labor Code Section 1198.5 has been amended to give employees new rights to access their personnel files.  The amended statute explicitly gives former employees the same right as current employees to inspect and obtain a copy of their personnel records.  In addition, the current or former employee can authorize in writing a representative to inspect or receive a copy of the employee’s personnel file.

Read on to learn what you need to know about employer rights and responsibilities under this statute.

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