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Los Angeles City Council Seeking to Regulate Uber and Lyft Drivers in Wake of Assaults on Passengers

A Los Angeles City Council committee is exploring ways to more closely monitor Uber and Lyft drivers at the local level. The move comes after three L.A. woman who said they were sexually assaulted by men posing as Uber drivers filed a lawsuit against Uber, claiming that the company did not do enough to warn them. Officials with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation said that the explosive growth of ridesharing companies has been very fast and hard for the city government to keep up with. They also say that the companies are unregulated and that there has been increased …

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An employer in California wants to do a credit check before hiring me. Is that allowed?

No, employers are now prevented from using credit scores and credit histories in making hiring decisions in most cases. California is the seventh state in the U.S. to ban credit checks by employers. Many other states are considering similar laws. It’s been estimated that about 60 percent of companies in the U.S. use credit checks as a factor when hiring. This number has been on the rise over the past several decades. Although the law prohibits most businesses from relying on credit checks during the hiring process, they aren’t prohibited in all circumstances. If the credit check is a necessity …

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I have been hearing about a lot of assaults on passengers from drivers with Uber and Lyft. What can I do to stay safe in Los Angeles?

Millions of Americans use rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to reach their destinations. The companies are growing annually and have quickly become a permanent fixture in the U.S. transportation business. However, many riders of Uber and Lyft, as well as parents of young people who use Uber and Lyft, are becoming concerned about safety. Earlier this year, a college student in South Carolina was murdered after she got into a vehicle that she assumed was her Uber ride. In addition, stories abound across the country of rideshare drivers assaulting passengers, primarily intoxicated female passengers. Rideshare drivers with Uber …

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I believe I have been discriminated against at work. What are my legal rights?

I’m sorry to hear about your discrimination. Discrimination against an employee on the basis of genetic information is illegal. That type of discrimination is far less common than discrimination based on other factors, such as race, age, or gender, but it does occur. Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 makes discrimination based on genetic information illegal. According to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, an employer can never use genetic information to make an employment decision, because genetic information is not relevant to an individual’s current ability to work. This prohibition applies to employment actions like hiring, …

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Lawsuit Against Uber Alleges that Company Didn’t Protect Women from Fake Drivers

A lawsuit against Uber that was filed in Los Angeles alleges that nine people were sexually assaulted by fake drivers over a two-year period. The lawsuit claims that the company did not do enough to prevent the assaults. Three women filed the lawsuit, all of whom are listed as Jane Does. The women claim they were raped by people who were posing as Uber drivers to pick up passengers. The lawsuit claims that the company failed to warn them and other customers about fake drivers who were targeting women in the area who were drinking, despite being warned by law …

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What are my legal options if I have been injured on the job in Los Angeles?

I’m sorry to hear that you were injured on the job in Los Angeles. You should speak with a Los Angeles workplace injury attorney. You have the right to be compensated following an on-the-job accident. An attorney can help advise you on the best course of action to take after your accident. Employers in California are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. Workers’ comp is an insurance program that will compensate workers who are injured on the job. Normally, workers’ compensation pays for an injured employee’s medical expenses, any permanent disability that may have occurred, and a …

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What should I do if I’m involved in an accident in an Uber vehicle in Los Angeles?

I’m sorry to hear that you were in an accident in an Uber in Los Angeles. The use of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft has exploded in Los Angeles in recent years. Rideshare companies are generally cheaper and more convenient to use than traditional taxis. However, there are risks involved anytime a rideshare is used. Normally, Uber drivers have only limited insurance coverage, which may or may not cover your accident. Many drivers do not have commercial policies. Drivers for Uber are hired only as independent contractors, not employees, which means Uber as a company is not responsible for …

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What legal rights do residents of nursing homes in Los Angeles have?

Nursing home residents are protected by both federal law and state law. Unfortunately, this does not stop many nursing homes from mistreating their patients. If that occurs to a loved one of yours, you should speak to an attorney. Nursing home residents have the right by law to have visitors during reasonable hours. They also have the right to control their medical treatment and their care, which includes learning about costs and treatment options. They can complain to their facility about poor care, or to local or state authorities. They have the right to privacy. They have the right to …

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My child suffered a brain injury. Can I sue for the injuries on behalf of my child in Los Angeles?

Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children. Brain injuries are serious in any individual, but children are more susceptible to brain injuries than adults. Every year, almost half a million children are treated in emergency rooms for brain injuries. Any time a child has an injury to the head, there is a possibility of trauma to the brain. In some cases, the injury is immediately apparent, while in other situations symptoms may not arise for hours, days, or longer. Some common symptoms of brain injuries include headaches, nausea, sensitivity to noise or light, dizziness, fatigue, …

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I suffered a compression fracture in an accident. Can I sue for my injuries in Los Angeles?

I’m so sorry to hear about the compression fracture. Compression fractures occur when the bones in the lower spine break because of trauma. They are sometimes called vertebral compression fractures. They are most common in elderly people and individuals with cancer. Another common cause is trauma, such as from automobile accidents or falls. If spinal bones have been fractured, there are several symptoms that could develop, depending on the severity of the break. There could be pain in the lower back, numbness or weakness in the back or the legs, urination issues, or even paralysis. Typically, after a serious accident, …

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I signed a consent form before a medical procedure. Does that mean I can’t sue if the procedure went badly in Los Angeles?

It is very common for medical professionals to obtain consent before performing medical procedures. Patients have the right to make informed decisions about the kind of care they receive. Medical professionals should inform the patients about certain issues so that patients can make those decisions. Normally, doctors should explain the procedure being performed, the types of risks involved, any potential benefits to the procedure, and any alternatives that exist. In some cases, medical professionals do not need to inform patients prior to giving treatment. If a doctor is not providing detailed care, consent is not needed. For example, if a …

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Are employers or coworkers allowed to harass me in Los Angeles because I am transgender?

I’m sorry to hear that you are being harassed at work because you are transgender. Anyone who is sexually harassed at work has a cause of action against the employer. Sadly, surveys show that a high percentage of transgender individuals are harassed and/or mistreated on the job. Under both state and federal law, it is illegal to sexually harass anyone at work for any reason. Harassment could include comments of a sexual nature or offensive remarks about a person’s sex or gender. The harassment has to be so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive workplace environment. …

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