Casting Couch Sexual Harassment
In legal terms there are generally thoughts of two types of sexual harassment. The first is a hostile environment. This type of sexual harassment is often difficult to prove with there being battles of who said what to whom, how was management on notice, did the victim participate in the harassment and a host of other factors.
The second type of sexual harassment is called Quid Pro Quo, which means this for that. The trading of sexual favors for advancement at work, keeping one’s job, or hiring are clear violations of the law and the proofs are easy to establish. The concept of the Hollywood casting couch actually pre-dates Hollywood and originated in New York City with Broadway, where unscrupulous producers used their power to coerce sex as a condition of employment. Then came the roaring 20’s in Hollywood where the practice started and despite decades of sexual harassment training for practically every other profession, somehow Hollywood missed the memo that this was prohibited.
Hollywood Harassment on the Casting Couch
Sexual Harassment is prohibited. Conditioning sex as prerequisite for employment or continued employment is forbidden. Someone would have to have their blinders on to not know that impermissible, uninvited sexual overtures in the workplace can lead to massive sexual harassment settlements and verdicts. However, Hollywood lives by the rules of do as they say, not as they do. Then again in some of the movies they do and say many of a thing that just does not comport with reality. How did sexual harassment in Hollywood become so pervasive? From the exposé on Harvey Weinstein, to the alleged pedophilia exploitation of minors involving Corey Feldman, how did such a culture of enabling sexual predators persist?
Litigating Sexual Harassment Claims
One of the challenges in litigating sexual harassment lawsuits is that oftentimes the victims think it only happened to them. That’s why when one person comes forth and complains about it often opens the floodgates of claims as others are emboldened by courage and it’s contagious. At the JTB Law Group we understand that these are often sensitive matters and we offer free consultations regarding different paths and litigation options you can have that may range from filing suit to keeping it confidential. We are very selective in the cases we bring, but if we can’t take your case we can certainly evaluate it for you and suggest someone else that might be able to assist.
100 Million Dollar Settlement Fund for Women Injured by a New Birth Control Product
Jason T. Brown was the first attorney in the country to file a battery of cases on behalf of women who sustained blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, strokes and death from a new Birth control Product. Jason T. Brown’s prior firm was on the PSC (Plaintiff Steering Committee) and served as liaison counsel in the state mass tort action. The firm is no longer accepting new cases.
Tens of Millions in Settlements for Mass Tort Injuries and Class Actions
$7 Million Plus Settlement for Consumer Fraud
$7 Million Dollar Commercial Litigation Settlement
Millions in Settlements for Women Injured by New Generation Hormonal Product
Women who sustained blood clots from a new Generation Hormonal Product received and continue to receive compensation for their injuries. Compensable injuries include Pulmonary Embolisms (PE), Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Strokes and Death. The firm is still investigating and accepting cases.
Nationwide $3.5 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of at home call center workers who were not paid for all their time worked including boot up time, technical time and other time. Workers were told by the company that boot up time which lasted 15 minutes or more was not paid because it was considered their commute to work. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
$3.2 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of workers who were misclassified as salaried exempt from overtime. The employer led employees to believe that they had to work unlimited hours over 40 without overtime compensation even though based on their job duties it was alleged they were entitled to overtime pay.
$2.4 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action
Lawsuit was brought as a class action on behalf of workers who worked in excess of 40 hours a week and were not paid overtime. The employer was forcing them to work “off the clock” for those hours and failed to pay proper overtime compensation.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for False Claims Act (Whistleblower Case)
“$2 Million Dollar False Claims Act (FCA) Settlement – Unnecessary Services”
A case against GenomeDx was brought alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the California Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act regarding unnecessary services such as the testing of tissues that did not need to be tested. The case resulted in a $350,000 whistleblower award.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for Truck Accident Victim
Our firm was Of Counsel to a serious truck accident case involving a trucking accident with multiple injuries.
Nationwide $1.3 Million Judgment against Future Income Payments and Scott Kohn for Consumer Fraud
Scott Kohn and Future Income Payments conspired to defraud veterans out of their hard earned pensions by offering them loans at loanshark rates and claiming it was a “purchase” not a loan.
$1.7 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Case
Misclassified employees under the FLSA were not paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40. Due to a confidentiality agreement specific details are intentionally omitted.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Employment Litigation
Judgment for misclassification under the FLSA including maximum damages under State and Federal Laws, plus an incentive fee for the lead plaintiff with attorney fees paid separately. The case involved a worker who was paid a day rate regardless of the amount of hours worked per day and per week.
Class Action Jury Trial
Workers alleged that they were misclassified according to their job duties. The Defendant claimed an administrative exemption under the FLSA and state law. Misclassification cases under the FLSA are the cases most often tried due to non-monetary considerations. Jury Trial lasted three weeks. Settlement offered in lieu of appeal.
Acquittal at Trial
Despite videotaped evidence that the prosecutor alleged incriminated the defendant, Mr. Brown was able to obtain an acquittal at trial for his client. Please note, that while we, the Brown, LLC will provide consultations in defense matters, the firm spends most of its time litigating complex litigation such as class actions, mass torts and catastrophic injuries.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Wage & Hour Dispute
Wage & Hour dispute on behalf of hourly employees who were not paid time and a half for hours in excess of 40. Employees were granted double damages for all their time with attorney fees and costs paid separately.
Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Workers were compelled to come into work 15 minutes early to set up, but were not paid for their set up time. Gap issues aside, workers received double damages for the time worked for 3 years’ worth of pay with attorney fees paid separately.
This is a non-exhaustive list of prior results and successes of Jason T. Brown and the Brown, LLC. Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Brown, LLC Assists in Obtaining $140M False Claims Act JudgmentBrown, LLC helped obtain a judgment of $140 million dollars against a group of South Carolina healthcare entities.
Brown, LLC – A Leading False Claims Act Law FirmWhistleblower law firm Brown, LLC was among the most prolific filers of qui tam lawsuits over the past five years.
For more information about each award see Awards & Accolades – All cases involve Jason T. Brown and/ or Brown, LLC
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