LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carney R. Shegerian, founder of Shegerian & Associates, a Santa Monica-based law firm specializing in employee rights, has issued a statement applauding new proposed legislation designed to protect unpaid interns from workplace harassment and discrimination - protections they now are not explicitly granted as non-employees.
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) announced recently that she will introduce the legislation in January of next year in an attempt to help protect interns’ civil rights and put them on even footing with full-time, paid employees in terms of protections from workplace discrimination and harassment.
“This is a step in the right direction in terms of protecting all Californians from harassment or discrimination in the workplace, regardless of their pay rate, or lack thereof,” said Shegerian. “Unfortunately, unpaid interns are frequent victims of mistreatment in places of work. We applaud Assembleymember Skinner for attempting to help remedy this serious issue with important proposed legislation. We hope that her efforts will be successful and that this will open the doors to similarly protective legislation on a national level.”
The only state currently extending such legislation for unpaid interns is Oregon, which passed a law guaranteeing the protections to unpaid interns in June.
An experienced trial attorney, Shegerian has tried many jury trials to verdict in both state and federal court, representing individuals that have suffered financial or emotional losses and have been wronged by employers, including major corporations. Shegerian has built a remarkable career on helping those who have been wronged in the workplace. His remarkable success rate is highlighted by over 67 jury trial wins, including 27 seven figure verdicts representing employees.
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators (Carney Shegerian himself has won over 67 jury trials in his career, including 27 seven figure verdicts), Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com, or to learn more about Carney Shegerian specifically, visit http://carneyshegerian.com/