Los Angeles Unified School District in the Process of Being Sued
Scrolling through your Facebook and Twitter account, you see sexual harassment and abuse claims against famous celebrities such as Harvey Weinstein, Russell Simmons, and Senator Al Franken. The list goes on and on. It’s easy to get caught up in celebrity news, but are you aware of sexual abuse happening in your own neighborhood? Sexual abuse occurring in your own neighborhoods. Wilshire Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on behalf of two female minors who were sexually abused at Harry Bridges Span School. Both victims described incidents where a male nurse took them into a small room and touched them inappropriately. The plaintiff claims that members of the LAUSD knew about the abuse and didn’t take appropriate measures against the nurse, protecting the abuser. In California, there were 42,364 cases of child sexual abuse in 2015. Los Angeles County, where Harry Bridges Span School resides, accounted for 187 of these cases. These numbers only include reported cases. Around 46% to 69% of children will not report abuse. Why don’t children report sexual abuse? Children victimized by sexual abuse often don’t report because the abuser will convince them otherwise. Here are some reasons why a child may not speak up about abuse: The abuser convinces them that they won’t be believed or it’s their fault The abuser may bribe the child to stay quite with gifts The abuser may threaten the child Children may stay silent to protect the non-abusive parent Abusers are oftentimes a person the child knows, so children keep quite or lie to protect them Children view adults, especially parents, as authority figures. This allows abusers to manipulate a child into silence. How can you protect children from their abusers? It’s up to you and other adults to recognize signs of abuse. The Rape, Abuse & Incest Nation Network (RAINN) organizes signs into three categories, which are: Behavioral Signs Avoiding physical contact Regressive behaviors (thumb sucking) Nightmares Changing hygiene routines Age-inappropriate sexual behaviors Sleep disturbances Physical Signs Bruising/swelling near genital area Blood clothes or bedding Broken bones Verbal Signs Using phrases “too adult” for their age Less talkative or unexplained silences If you notice a child exhibiting these signs, speak to them about it and report sexual abuse to the police, right away. With so many children suffering silently at the hands of their abusers, Wilshire Law Firm’s attorneys Bobby Saadian and Jon Teller aim to give victims a voice. Attorney Saadian states, “We are seeking justice on behalf of the victims and their families. LAUSD must accept responsibility for what happened to these victims. This could have happened to any of our children and it must be stopped, now.” Sexual abusers as well as institutions allowing abuse need to be held accountable, and that’s exactly what Wilshire Law Firm plans to do.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
A shift in the way that Americans deal with sexual harassment and assault is occurring. You can feel it as you scroll through Facebook, check your Twitter feed, and watch the news. Victims of sexual harassment who have kept their experiences quiet are gaining the courage to share their stories. In mid-October, the “Me Too” campaign took over social media feeds, revealing that over 33 million U.S. women have been sexually harassed. The Harvey Weinstein scandal burst open the doors for celebrities to discuss sexual harassment within their industry, something almost unheard of until now, without fearing retaliation as more and more of their peers speak up. With so much attention being brought to this issue, harassers are now beginning to be held accountable. But, so much still needs to be done in the workplace. Currently, one-in-three women between the ages of 18 and 24 will be sexually harassed in the workplace while a jarring 81 percent of women are victims of verbal sexual assault. The time has come for companies to take sexual harassment seriously. What Constitutes as Sexual Harassment? The Department of Fair Employment and Housing defines sexual harassment as “discrimination based on sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions) gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.” This is much more encompassing that the EEOC’s definition of, which is “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.” Together, these two definitions protect employees from all types of harassment that span from the most obvious forms to more obscure forms. Most of us recognizes that quid pro quo cases (when an authority figure promises you a job or benefits in exchange of sexual favors) is a form of sexual harassment. The other category that sexual harassment typically falls under are actions that create a hostile work environment. This type is trickier to determine because it isn’t always explicit. In fact, in a study where women were asked if they had been sexually harassed at work, 16 percent said no. But, those same women replied “yes” when asked if they had experienced sexually explicit or sexist remarks. As you can see, without properly defining what constitutes as sexual harassment, employees begin to expect that their discomfort is just part of their workplace environment. To help employees understand their rights, employers must, according to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title 2, do all of the following: Give employees information on the illegality of sexual harassment and legal remedies that may be taken Employers with 50 or more employees must provide sexual harassment and abuse conduct prevention training Such training should help employees identify what actions constitute sexual harassment such as: Lewd jokes Sharing sexually inappropriate images Sexual gestures and whistling Asking or saying something offensive about someone’s sexual history or orientation Sexual and suggestive notes or emails Earning a promotion or job through sexual favors (quid pro quo) When an employee or employer consistently creates an uncomfortable environment for other workers, it can have a stressful and de-moralizing impact. The best way to stop this behavior is to report it. Unfortunately, behavior like this is allowed to run rampant since most victims will not file a complaint. Why People Don’t Report Sexual Harassment: According to the EEOC, only 6 to 13 percent of people harassed will file a formal complaint. A big reason why these numbers are so low stems from employees fearing retaliation, which isn’t an unfounded concern. Approximately 75 percent of victims who file a formal complaint will suffer from retaliation. Be aware that retaliation may not come in obvious forms of abuse, such as verbally or physically assaulting someone. Oftentimes, it can look like all of the following: Lower performance evaluations Increased scrutiny False rumors Making work more difficult Being denied a promotion Being given the “cold shoulder” Demotion Less pay because of your gender Gender discrimination If you feel that these actions were taken because you filed a complaint, talk to human resources or a supervisor. If retaliation continues, it’s time to get a lawyer involved. What You Can Do if You’re Being Harassed: Sexual harassment is no laughing matter and shouldn’t be treated so. Begin documenting instances of sexual harassment by writing down each experience as it happens. Don’t forget to write down date, time, place, and any witnesses that can be used to back up your claims. Instead of deleting emails, texts, or even Snapchats, keep and file them for further evidence, no matter how nauseating it may be. As you collect evidence, make copies, but never leave them at work, otherwise you risk someone trying to steal or destroy them. Keep evidence anywhere you believe they will remain safe such as at home, in a briefcase, or in your car. Using your evidence, file a formal complaint against your work harasser with human resources or a supervisor, preferably a written one. Before or after you’ve filed your formal complaint, discuss your case with Wilshire Law Firm’s employment lawyer, Nicol Hajjar, for legal advice on what to next. When consulting with your lawyer for the first time, make sure to bring the evidence you have collected thus far. Time and time again, it has been proven that no company is too big to take down. Wilshire Law Firm’s holds firm to this idea and has maintained a goal of holding companies accountable for their actions or lack of actions that harm employees. Our team of lawyers will work tirelessly and aggressively to punish companies for violating your rights to work in a harassment-free environment. Call today to discuss your case at 1-800-522-7274!
Wilshire Law Firm and Badge of Heart Join Forces to Give Back to our Community
The spirit of Thanksgiving brings people together in the most unexpected and beautiful ways. Earlier this year, Wilshire Law Firm’s Founding President and Managing Attorney, Bobby Saadian, was honored to meet a humble team of LAPD officers, who created a movement to help good families in our community. Ken Lew and Jessica Gutierrez-Gonzalez have been at the forefront of Badge of Heart’s major efforts, and this year is no exception. In a recent conversation with Ken Lew, Badge of Heart’s Founder and CEO, he reminded us that the organization’s main goal is to help families in need, and to share the goodwill of police officers, who truly care about helping the community, beyond keeping us safe through diligent law enforcement. On Saturday, November 18th, the LAPD Pacific Division will share holiday baskets with around 450 families, from 10 AM to 12 PM, at the Venice Japanese Community Center. The invitation-only event will see many volunteers materialize the combined effort of those who said yes to the Badge of Heart pledge to help families in our community. Moreover, on Sunday, November 19th, the LAPD Harbor Division will share holiday baskets with 100 families, in San Pedro, from 10 AM to 12 PM. “Wilshire Law Firm’s partnership with Badge of Heart is here to stay. Being of service is what defines our firm. We help good people, not just with outstanding legal support, representing accident victims against big business and insurance companies; but also with critical resources, through charitable organizations. It’s our moral duty to say yes to gestures of goodwill, and to be there for those, who express their support for families in need,” said Bobby Saadian. Throughout Wishire Law Firm’s decade-long history, helping good people across California, the firm has also been present for the community. It’s no surprise that Bobby Saadian was ready to extend his helping hand to Badge of Heart, on behalf of the 70 professionals, who make the firm an inspirational success. Saadian is a proud board member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities. The LATLC provides financial support and volunteer service to over 60 organizations throughout our community. Wilshire Law Firm is also known for providing legal scholarship awards to deserving students. The firm has received numerous awards and is among the top 1% of lawyers, nationwide; as well, prestigious accolades, on behalf of consumers, and recognitions for a consistent involvement in the community. To learn more about Badge of Heart, visit them at https://badgeofheart.org/ or click here to donate to Badge of Hearts.
How to Hire an Auto Accident Lawyer
When Do You Need A Lawyer For Your Car Accident Claim? Getting into an auto accident can be a very scary and intimidating experience, especially if you’ve been injured in the accident. You may not know who to turn to and you may feel like the insurance company is not looking out for your best interest. To add to the problems medical bills start to pile up, and your injures may be causing you significant pain, and a change in lifestyle. Hire a personal injury Lawyer Check review sites Access lawyer fees Make sure you feel comfortable Review Lawyer settlements The insurance claims adjuster may seem like he or she has your best interest at heart but the fact is that these people are hired by the insurance companies to minimize the payouts the insurance company has to give. Of course this doesn’t mean that you don’t have a good case, and a chance to get the highest payout possible. The problem is that insurance companies are experts at negotiating payouts and handling auto accidents, and chances are this is your first time getting into an accident like this. For example, claims adjusters generally record every conversation with you, asking questions about the accident. If you’re not careful, the answers you give could actually imply the opposite of what you’re trying to say. Lawyers experienced with accident claims are familiar with how to speak with claims adjusters, and through their counsel will help you avoid any verbal missteps by handling all negotiating, increasing your chances of a just settlement. With so many lawyers out there it’s hard to decide who is looking out for your best interest. Here are a few tips that will help you decide who to choose to represent you, and how to insure that you’re getting the best representation possible. Hire a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases When you’re hiring a lawyer you want to make sure that the firm that you are contacting specializes in personal injury. The legal profession is vast and complicated. A good lawyer will specialize in one particular field and master the ins and outs of that industry. There are a lot of general lawyers who say they can help with everything from bankruptcies, child custody. and personal injuries. You want to make sure you avoid these lawyers because they will not have the experience and expertise to help you win your case against the insurance companies. Check Yelp and other review sites Google, Yelp and Martindale are great ways of finding highly rated personal injury lawyers. Make sure to thoroughly read the reviews and see if the people reviewing have a similar situation as yours. A good lawyer will have mostly positive reviews and testimonials. Properly assess lawyer fees Most personal injury lawyers will work for your case pro bono if they feel like you have a strong case. This is a good option for most people because they can help you pay for your medical bills and other expenses before the insurance company has given you any settlement money. Typical lawyers fees will range from 33%-40% plus medical bill expenses depending on the case and the lawyer. You want to make sure you read all of the fine print before you hire a lawyer. Also, remember that you get what you pay for. If a lawyers fees seem low compared to what you’ve been researching then chances are it’s to good to be true. Make sure you feel comfortable with your lawyer Don’t let any lawyer pressure or intimidate you into working with them. A good lawyer will have compassion, and empathy with your situation. If the lawyer you speak with makes you feel like your just a dollar sign to them, then it’s probably best you don’t work with them. Remember, that this person is going to be representing you, and needs to have good bedside manner when working around your situation. Review their recent settlements Take a look at the recent cases they won. Take note of the average settlement amount and most importantly what kind of cases they’ve been winning. Make sure that the cases they have recently settled are applicable to your situation. If you notice that most of their cases they won are motorcycle injury cases and you were not driving a motorcycle then perhaps you should look for a lawyer who has won more auto accident cases. Even within the personal injury field there are various specialties, like trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, accidental death, and so on. That’s why it’s important to take special attention the what the law firm you want to represent you has success in. The fact is the legal system can be very intimidating if you try to take it on yourself. The insurance claims adjustors are going to offer you a mere fraction of what you really deserve, and the medical bills may larger and more ongoing than your originally anticipated. There are plenty of good auto accident lawyers out there, but there are just as many bad lawyers out there as well. Make sure to take your time and do your research before you sign any contract or make any type of commitment. How to Interview a California Car Accident Lawyer So, you’ve combed through all of the personal injury lawyers in your area and narrowed down your choices to a few candidates (perhaps they were personally recommended to you, or received glowing reviews online). At this point, you should set up an initial consultation with each prospective lawyer. Discuss the details of your situation and ask basic questions about the lawyer before you make your final decision. Ideally, the answers you get will help you narrow down your choices even further until you find the lawyer who is the right fit for you. It is important to prepare your questions beforehand. The more prepared you are, the more information you will receive. And the more information you receive, the more informed your decision will be. Ideally, at the end of a consultation, you should know the lawyer’s expertise, experience, fees, special knowledge, and management of the case. Questions to Ask Your Potential Personal Injury Lawyers What are the specifics of the lawyer’s fee arrangement? Are the terms negotiable? How long has the lawyer been in practice? Does the lawyer specialize in cases like yours? When is the last time the lawyer handled a similar case? Were the results good? Other than a law degree, does the lawyer have special training or knowledge relevant to your case? What is the lawyer’s current caseload? What is the scope of the lawyer’s existing commitments? Will the lawyer have enough time and resources to devote to your case? Will paralegals and legal assistants be handling a portion of your case? If the answer is yes, ask about reduced fees. Will the lawyer provide regular updates? How often will you hear from the lawyer? Will you be able to contact the lawyer directly? Are there alternative solutions for your case, such as arbitration or mediation? If so, does the lawyer have experience executing these methods? What are your chances of winning? What difficulties will you face? Will it take a long time before your case is resolved? What will the lawyer expect from you? What kind of documents and background information should you prepare? Keep in mind that nothing should be taken as a guarantee. Treat answers like indicators of a lawyer’s experience and skill level. The right lawyer should be able to answer your questions in a clear, direct and honest manner. Contact our California Car Accident Attorneys Today If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm for immediate assistance. We can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your legal rights and best optio
Should I Hire a Lawyer for my Car Accident?
When Do You Need A Lawyer For Your Car Accident Claim If you’ve just been involved in a car accident then you may be wondering if you should hire a lawyer (attorney) or if you should just let your insurance company take care of the negotiations for you. After all, they say you’re in good hands right? Well, that may not necessarily be so, a study from the Insurance Research Counsel (IRC) found that hiring an attorney will significantly increase your settlement amount over leaving the settlement up to your insurance company. A study called: Paying for Auto Injuries: A Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims highlighted that settlements averaged up to 43% higher with attorney representation than without an attorney. Why you need to hire a lawyer for your accident Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day, and most people will be involved in an auto accident at some point in their life. Most personal injury claims in the United States. are a result of an accident involving a car, truck, or other motor vehicle. Many of these accidents result in minor vehicle damage in the form of a “fender bender”, and can generally be handled alone through direct contact with an insurance company. However, car accidents that involve physical injury, fatality, or other significant damage may warrant the legal representation of an experienced car accident attorney. It’s up to you to decide which action you want to take. I can tell you from experience that if you’ve been injured the injuries you received often times don’t manifest themselves until later on. If you settle with your insurance company you may realize that in the future what you settled for with your insurance company didn’t properly take into account future complications. What to look for in a car accident lawyer If you need more information on how to hire a car accident lawyer check out the article I wrote that breaks down exactly what you should look for in a car accident lawyer. To break it down quickly you want to make sure that you hire a lawyer who specializes in personal injury. You want to avoid lawyers who take on DUI cases, Divorce cases, and other non related cases. The reason is because within personal injury there are so many complications, and you really want a lawyer who has a track record of winning personal injury cases. When you should hire a car accident lawyer You want to hire a car accident lawyer quickly in the process. You want to make sure that you have your lawyer files as much as the paperwork as possible. They are very well versed in making sure that you win your case. Most personal injury lawyers work pro-bono so that means they only get paid if you win your case so they will be very motivated to get the highest possible compensation for your case. To get your free consultation, give us call us at (800) 522-7274.
Do You Live Near One of the Most Dangerous Intersections in California?
The most dangerous intersections in California According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SITRS), California has hundreds of thousands of accidents, every year… 400,000+! But do you know which intersection has the most? It’s worth knowing… this information could save your life! You might think the worst intersection is in LA… and that’s a good guess! In fact, when it comes to overall traffic flow (more like, “slow”), a study by TomTom Traffic ranked Los Angeles 12th in top 25 “most congested road transportation cities in the world.” (LA was the only U.S. city to make the list). But guess what? The most dangerous California intersection is NOT in LA! Drum roll, please… …. it’s in Downey? The original McDonald’s in Downey. Perhaps it’s from all the drive-thru customers barreling out of the oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant (at Lakewood and Florence)? It could be that accidents are in Downey’s DNA – the Apollo Space Program was founded in Downey, and they literally have over 4,000 Kaiser Permanente employees (one of the largest health care companies in the world.) The top 50 most dangerous intersections in California With over 14,000,000 registered motor vehicles, and just under 800,000 motorcycles rumbling down the roads of California, there’s bound to be some bad accidents. So, with hopes that a little more awareness can create a lot more safety, we’re presenting the top 50 most dangerous intersections in the state. Did an intersection near you make the list? Here are the top 50 (in order of most crashes): Firestone Boulevard & Lakewood Boulevard (Downey) Pala Mission Road & Pala Temecula Road (Pala) Roscoe Boulevard & Van Nuys Boulevard (Los Angeles) Nordhoff Street & Sepulveda Boulevard (Los Angeles) Crenshaw Boulevard & Washington Boulevard (Los Angeles) Imperial Highway & Vista Del Mar (Los Angeles) Balboa Boulevard & Nordhoff Street (Los Angeles) Roscoe Boulevard & Winnetka Avenue (Los Angeles) Euclid Street & Orangethorpe Avenue (Fullerton) Devonshire Street & Reseda Boulevard (Los Angeles) Bridge Street & Gilman Springs Road (Moreno Valley) Magnolia Avenue & Tyler Street (Riverside) La Cienega & Pico Boulevard (Los Angeles) Central Avenue & Vernon Avenue (Los Angeles) Figueroa Street & Manchester Avenue (Los Angeles) Reseda Boulevard & Roscoe Boulevard (Los Angeles) Sherman Way & Woodman Avenue (Los Angeles) Van Nuys Boulevard & Victory Boulevard (Los Angeles) Winchester Road & Ynez Road (Temecula) Balboa Boulevard & Burbank Boulevard (Los Angeles) Reseda Boulevard & Victory Boulevard (Los Angeles) 3rd Street & Fairfax Avenue (Los Angeles) Alvarado Street & Temple Street (Los Angeles) Balboa Boulevard & Saticoy Street (Los Angeles) 190th Street & Vermont Avenue (Los Angeles) Balboa Boulevard & Devonshire Street (Los Angeles) La Brea Avenue & Rodeo Road (Los Angeles) Bolsa Avenue & Brookhurst Street (Westminster) Air Base Parkway & Clay Bank Road (Fairfield) De Soto Avenue & Saticoy Street (Los Angeles) Oxnard Street & Van Nuys Boulevard (Los Angeles) Florence Avenue & Walker Avenue (Bell) Main Street & Manchester Avenue (Los Angeles) Calvine Road & Elk Grove Florin Road (Elk Grove) Central Avenue & El Segundo Boulevard (Los Angeles) Victory Boulevard & Woodley Avenue (Los Angeles) Beverly Boulevard & Vermont Avenue (Los Angeles) Nordhoff Street & Reseda Boulevard (Los Angeles) Pearblossom Highway & Sierra Highway (Palmdale) Lennox Avenue & Roscoe Boulevard (Los Angeles) Kester Avenue & Vanowen Street (Los Angeles) Old Barona Road & Wild Canyon Road (Lakeside) Lindley Avenue & Roscoe Boulevard (Los Angeles) Baseline Road & Riverside Avenue (Rialto) Florence Avenue & Vermont Avenue (Los Angeles) Victory Boulevard & Winnetka Avenue (Los Angeles) Los Robles Boulevard & Marysville Boulevard (Sacramento) Saint Andrews Place & Venice Boulevard (Los Angeles) Normandie Avenue & Slauson Avenue (Los Angeles) Challenger Way & Lancaster Boulevard (Lancaster) For a fully interactive map of every intersection on the list, check out this OptiMap we made. How was this list made? The list, which was comprised by 1 Point 21 Interactive, considers four categories: Crashes Deaths Injuries Crash score The list considered over 425,000 accident that happened in 2015, which accounted for every accident recorded by the SITRS. All intersections that made this list saw at least 10 accidents in 2015 . The intersection with the most accidents was Firestone and Lakewood, in Downey (36 crashes). Two intersections tied for the most fatalities: Pearblossom Highway and Sierra Highway in Palmdale, and Bridge Street and Gilman Springs Road in Moreno Valley (three deaths). The intersection with the most injuries was Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard in Los Angeles (41 injuries). The top five intersections with the most crashes in Los Angeles were: Roscoe Boulevard and Van Nuys Boulevard (30) Nordhoff Street and Sepulveda Boulevard (27) Crenshaw Boulevard and Washington Boulevard (27) Imperial Highway and Vista Del Mar (26) Roscoe Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue (25) Remind me to never drive on Roscoe Boulevard again! What types of accidents happen the most? Car Motorcycle Bus Pedestrian Bicycle Heck, you might even get hit by a plane driving down the 405 if you aren’t careful! If you or someone you know was involved in an accident of any kind, and received personal injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the award-winning lawyers of Wilshire Law Firm at 1-800-522-7274 today for a FREE, no-obligation case evaluation. Our team of legal experts are available 24/7 to take your call! Don’t delay, call Wilshire Law Firm today! It may be the most important phone call of your life.