Northern California’s current Top 100 Super Lawyers List includes both Vinick Hyams Trial Partners

February 18, 2024

Jean Hyams and Sharon Vinick, the founding partners of Vinick Hyams Trial Partners, were both named to the prestigious 2023 Top 100 Super Lawyers list for Northern California and the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers for Northern California. To arrive at its “top” lists, Super Lawyers conducts a multi-phase peer nomination process in which attorneys […]

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What are my rights in a layoff?

February 15, 2024

Layoffs are inevitable.  Companies fail.  Business needs change.  Layoffs have swept technology and other sectors in recent years, including huge layoffs at Google, Meta, Twitter and IBM. The list goes on. However, that doesn’t mean an employer can simply lay off whomever it chooses. Put simply, a company can’t target employees in protected classifications and […]

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Legal training features Jean Hyams speaking on implicit bias and jury selection

February 11, 2024

Vinick Hyams LLP founding partner Jean Hyams and noted jury consultant Sonia Chopra discuss the challenges of dealing with jury bias in an an on-demand legal education training through Continuing Education of the Bar. The CEB webinar, “Dealing with Juror Implicit Bias,” covers best approaches to voir dire, implicit association tests, attorney biases/stereotyping in jury […]

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Lawsuit against California Department of Justice alleges agency discriminated and retaliated against high-ranking female Special Agent

February 1, 2024

Vinick Hyams LLP and co-counsel Law Office of Wendy Musell represent Special Agent in Charge R. Capello, one of the two highest-ranking women within California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, in her lawsuit against the DOJ. The lawsuit alleges a persistent pattern of gender discrimination and retaliation.  Capello, who has worked for the agency […]

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Don’t they have to give me severance?

January 15, 2024

Each week, our office receives dozens of calls from prospective clients. And, virtually every week, at least one of these callers, after explaining that they were terminated without warning, asks: “doesn’t my employer have to pay me some severance?”

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Berkleyside coverage of sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims against BUSD

January 13, 2024

Vinick Hyams LLP and co-counsel Burrell Kagin Law are pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of three women employed as custodians at Berkeley High School. This Berkeleyside article discusses the lawsuit against the district for failing to prevent on-going sexual harassment and gender discrimination. As the article notes, this is the second lawsuit alleging inappropriate and […]

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Sharon Vinick discusses corporate demands for projects created by employees after work hours

January 12, 2024

The Register covered how employers use employment contracts to claim the intellectual property of their employees, sometimes even for projects the employee creates on their own time.  The Register, a global online technology news publication, wrote about a recent effort by Amazon Game Studios to force employees to grant them the right to all intellectual […]

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Daily Journal Names Sharon Vinick to prestigious Top Labor and Employment Lawyers list

January 11, 2024

The Daily Journal named Sharon Vinick, a founding partner of Vinick Hyams LLP, to its 2023 “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” list, a highly-prized recognition of excellence. Out of the thousands of attorneys practicing employment law in California, the Daily Journal legal newspaper chooses only 75 to recognize each year as the leading litigators of […]

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Can my employer stop me from going to work for a competitor?

January 10, 2024

You’ve spent years working in a particular industry. You’ve gained lots of experience in your field. You’ve been working for your current employer for a few years, and have decided that it is time to get a new job.  (Maybe you want a new job because you don’t like your boss, or you think you […]

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Sharon Vinick weighs in on harassment in the virtual office on WNYC’s “The Takeaway”

January 9, 2024

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tanzina Vega from the public radio show “The Takeaway” interviewed Sharon Vinick about how employers can be held liable for harassment that occurs while employees are working remotely. In the segment– which you can vist through this link — Sharon discussed the risks of the virtual office […]

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