Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter reported on August 23 that Paramount+’s miniseries about the making of The Godfather, The Offer, has canceled filming at the Chateau Marmont after learning about the Chateau’s labor dispute with Unite Here Local 11.
The production, which stars prominent actors including Miles Teller and Colin Hanks, was scheduled to film at the Chateau between August 25 and 27. The production is the second this year to pull out of planned business with the hotel. Former workers at the hotel launched the boycott in February along with the union, calling on the hotel to rehire workers in accordance with LA’s recall ordinance. Teukolsky Law has filed two lawsuits against Chateau Marmont this year on behalf of former employees alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
Union co-president Kurt Petersen wrote in a statement, “We applaud Paramount Plus’s decision to honor the boycott of the Chateau Marmont. We thank all the Hollywood unions — SAG AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters, WGA and DGA — for supporting these courageous workers who have spoken out for dignity and respect.”
Last Friday, August 20, Judge Frank Roesch of the Alameda Superior Court ruled Prop 22 unconstitutional, holding that the 2020 ballot measure violated California’s Constitution by limiting the Legislature’s authority to determine which workers will qualify for worker’s compensation. The judge wrote, “[Prop 22] is unconstitutional because it limits the power of a future legislature to define app-based drivers as workers subject to workers’ compensation law… The entirety of Proposition 22 is unenforceable.” The court also found that Prop 22 is “constitutionally problematic” because it requires a seven-eights majority of the Legislature to amend its terms, an unconstitutional restriction on the Legislature’s right to amend through a supermajority.
Prop 22 was passed last year and allows gig worker companies such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash to continue classifying their workers as independent contractors rather than employees, thereby denying them the full wages and benefits afforded to employees in California. Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, which spent more than $200 million to pass the ballot measure, said they would appeal the ruling. The law remains in effect for now, but Friday’s ruling is a major setback for the companies, which have spent years fighting against California’s strong worker protections. They are currently introducing similar legislation in Massachusetts to reduce gig worker protections in that state.
The defendants have vowed to appeal, and it is likely that the fate of Prop 22 will ultimately be decided by the California Supreme Court.
If you believe you have been misclassified as an independent contractor, contact Teukolsky Law today for a free consultation.
On Thursday, September 2, Lauren Teukolsky will be speaking at the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Annual Las Vegas convention. Ms. Teukolsky will be speaking about how to avoid ending up in arbitration and how to stay in court. She will cover the top 10 things attorneys need to know to oppose a motion to compel arbitration. The program will take place in the afternoon as part of the conference’s first concurrent sessions. The annual conference is the largest convention of trial attorneys nationally, and has been held each year in Las Vegas since 1983. Ms. Teukolsky is a frequent speaker at conferences on topics of employment law and litigation. Registration information for the conference can be found here.
Late last week, an Illinois appellate court affirmed that Hobby Lobby violated Illinois’s Human Rights Act by banning a trans employee from using the women’s restroom. In a resounding victory for trans employees, the appellate panel held that the Illinois Human Rights Commission correctly found that Hobby Lobby discriminated against the employee because of her gender identity.
Meggan Sommerville, who has worked at Hobby Lobby for 23 years, first filed complaints with the Human Rights Commission in 2013. She informed Hobby Lobby of her medical and legal transition in July 2010; the company changed her administrative information, but did not let her use the women’s bathroom.
On appeal, Hobby Lobby had argued that it had limited bathroom access based on sex, not gender identity, and that Sommerville was of the male sex. The court wrote, “There is simply no basis in the [Human Rights Act] for treating the ‘status’ of being male or female as eternally fixed.”
Although this case marked an issue of first impression in Illinois, California has some of the strongest protections for transgender employees in the nation. Teukolsky Law has successfully handled several matters for transgender clients. If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your gender identity or expression, contact Teukolsky Law today for a free consultation.
Lauren Teukolsky is the founder and owner of Teukolsky Law, A Professional Corporation.