Sultan’s new Sharia laws prompt Jewish groups to shun Beverly Hills Hotel
By Jared Sichel, The Jewish Journal Posted on May 8, 2014
Some of Southern California’s largest Jewish organizations plan to stay away from the Beverly Hills Hotel, suspending future events at the landmark venue owned by the state-run Brunei Investment Agency. Their boycott was spurred by recent Sharia additions to the tiny Muslim country’s penal code, including the threat of execution of homosexuals, adulterers and anyone who insults the Quran or Mohammad.
Gay Rights Crusade Against Stoning in Brunei Began with a Los Angeles Labor Dispute
By Lester Feder and Jacob Fischler, Buzzfeed Posted on May 7, 2014
For more than a year before the Beverly Hills Hotel became the target of a boycott, a Los Angeles labor union had been trying to draw attention to the fact that it is owned by the sultan of Brunei, a tiny Southeast Asian nation with laws criminalizing homosexuality. Almost no one cared.
Employees accuse Daily Grill near LAX of failing to pay 'living wage'
By James Rainey, LA Times April 16, 2014
A class-action lawsuit says the restaurant has deprived workers of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company says it has corrected the problem.
Three employees at a Daily Grill restaurant near Los Angeles International Airport filed a class-action lawsuit against the restaurant chain Wednesday, charging that it had failed to pay them and more than 100 other workers the "living wage" required by the city.
LOS ANGELES – Restaurant workers filed a class action lawsuit in LA Superior Court on Wednesday alleging their employer has shorted them thousands of dollars in pay over the past three years.
The plaintiffs – two servers and a busser – at the Daily Grill restaurant located at the Westin LAX Hotel allege that management has underpaid them by approximately $.40-$.70 per hour at various times. For the typical server who works less than 30 hours per week, the employer is allegedly shorting her as much as $1,000 annually.
Legends and UNITE HERE Sign Agreement over Worker Representation at Angel Stadium
April 8, 2014
UNITE HERE Local 11 announced Monday more than 900 food service workers at Angels Stadium have won union recognition. The cooks, stand attendants and servers and bartenders are employed byLegends Hospitality, which began operating concessions at Angle Stadium earlier this year. UNITE HERE Local 11 now represents the employees.
The next step is for both sides to negotiate a contract for wages, benefits and working conditions.
Santa Monica Housekeeper Testifies in Favor of "Temp" Regulations
March 12, 2014
SACRAMENTO – Gladys Hernandez and her co-worker Maria Cortez toil at the same beachside hotel, scrubbing toilets, taking out trash and changing bed linens. But at $8.50 an hour, Hernandez earns a fraction of what Cortez brings home.
Though she has worked at DoubleTree Suites Hotel in Santa Monica for nearly two years, Hernandez is considered a "temp" worker. On Wednesday, March 12, she testified before the California State Assembly labor committee in favor of AB 1897 (Roger Hernandez, D), a bill designed to hold employers accountable for wage theft and other abuses when they use staffing agencies to supply workers.