A handful of recent sex discrimination cases have revealed the ugly truth about the constant harassment and discrimination women in the workplace, and specifically in the Silicon Valley, face on a daily basis.
1) San Franciscan’s respect you as you are. If you show up for a date half-naked, 9 times out of 10 the date will go on. Go ahead and let it all hang out, most people won’t even blink – you are in San Francisco. You will be accepted for who you are – let your freak flag fly!
2) Calves are a huge sexy hit among many San Franciscans. You’ve got the bike riders and the hill walkers. How can you not be attracted to a San Franciscan with sexy strong strong calves? You’ve got strength and will power – that says more than you know!
3) Every date can end as if you were in post card. Take your date to the top of Coit Tower or Battery Spencer and check out the amazing view of The Golden Gate. It’s a sure fire win to the end of the date and could potentially call for a 2nd date…
4) Did you get lost in the city again? Most San Francisco natives know the grid layout of the 7 square miles of downtown and will share the quickest route. You may even score a date this way because San Francisco natives are quite friendly.
5) A few different outings to take a date on: (A) How Weird Street Faire – show your weird side; (B) Green Festival – get green at this event; (C) San Francisco Gay Pride Festival – show your pride and (D) Bay to Breakers – run in costume from downtown San Francisco to the beach with several bands playing along the way. These are all events you can take a date on. If you don’t have a date for any of these events, you probably won’t have hard time getting a date at one of these events.
6) Tan lines are not something you need to worry about in San Francisco – so nobody is judging you for your natural skin color. Remember we live in a Fog – this is not Los Angeles. Bring a date to the beach and have a picnic. You won’t really want to lay out and catch some rays and perfect your tan lines. Instead you’ll probably enjoy flying a kite, skim boarding or simply just walk your dogs.
7) Always a win on date is going to a Giants Baseball Game. Whether you are baseball fan or not – the roar of the crowd, the people watching, the junk food, the cheering, the nail biting of who might win. It is an event not to missed and you will definitely have something to talk about once the game is over.
8) Saturday Night – the end of the date weekend in San Francisco: what do you do? Go to The EndUp! It’s an underground place where you dance until dawn.
9) Finally the morning after – BRUNCH… We clearly need the Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, French Toast, Greasy Eggs and Bacon. Let’s hope our date knows the perfect spot in San Francisco because we did plan all the dates throughout the week!
San Francisco’s restaurant industry is the worst for wage violations. (Article here). Wage violations for San Francisco employees are a serious issue that leads to underpayment of wages and can often times impact an employees right to overtime. Both Federal and California State laws protect an employee’s right to minimum wage as well as to overtime and meal and rest breaks.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE NOT PAID MINIMUM WAGE
WHY SAN FRANCISCO EMPLOYERS DON’T PAY MINIMUM WAGE
SAN FRANCISCO EMPLOYEES ARE PROTECTED FROM RETALIATION
RECENT CASES IN CALIFORNIA
- Dick Lee Pastry, a local San Francisco pastry shop was ordered to pay $525,000 in minimum wage and overtime to its employees.
- San Francisco’s Michelin rated Yank Sing was hit with a $4 million dollar settlement for failing to pay its employees the San Francisco minimum wage.
- In another suit in Southern California, famed Wolfgang Puck restaurants Spago Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, and Chinois in Santa Monica reached a $1.7 million class settlement with a class of nearly 900 current and former employees who allege they weren’t paid overtime or provided meal and rest breaks. This wasn’t the first time Wolfgang Puck-affiliated companies were in hot water over alleged labor law violations. In 2012, Wolfgang Puck Catering & Events LLC settled a wage-and-hour class action with its employees for $500,000, covering nearly 1,900 employees who had worked for the company beginning in 2006.
Two San Francisco ride hailing companies – Uber and Lyft – are facing class action lawsuits from their drivers based on independent contractors misclassification. (Article Here) Both companies treat their drivers as independent contractors. However, those drivers have now brought class action lawsuits in an effort to get all drivers reclassified as employees. While it is well-known that classification as an independent contractor changes ones tax status, it also is an essential question into the rights of workers to the protections of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and California’s wage and hour laws.
The Uber and Lyft Lawsuits
Both Uber and Lyft are in the midst of litigating claims by their drivers that turn on whether the drivers were independent contractors or not. These cases are still pending before the court.
The Claims by Lyft Drivers:
The Claims Against Uber:
California’s Independent Contractor Determination
Independent Contractor Status Under the FLSA
1) The extent to which the work performed is an integral part of the employer’s business.
2) Whether the worker’s managerial skills affect his or her opportunity for profit and loss.
3) The relative investments in facilities and equipment by the worker and the employer.
4) The worker’s skill and initiative.
5) The permanency of the worker’s relationship with the employer.
6) The nature and degree of control by the employer.
Similar to California law, under the FLSA there are certain factors which are immaterial in determining the existence of an employment relationship. For example, a worker cannot sign away his or her status as an employee. Instead, it is the reality of the working relationship – and not the label given to the relationship in an agreement – that is determinative. Even a worker that has incorporated a business, or is licensed by a State or local government agency may be considered an employee depending on the employment relationship.
For more information or if you would like to speak to one of our San Francisco employment lawyers please contact us.
Steve Perry from the band Journey said it best “The City By The Bay” is a magical place. San Franciscans LOVE their city and all that comes with it. Here are some examples that are obvious:
1) The 49er’s. We did not have the best year in 2014, but we believe in our team and don’t give up and know we can make it to the Superbowl! We will continue to buy the paraphernalia and support our team because we believe.
2) We love our baseball team – THE GIANTS! We can’t deny that the Giants are #1! 3 world series wins in the past 5 years. We don’t have a payroll like the Yankee’s, but our players have heart and love for the game like no other!
3) San Franciscans are without a doubt a friendly bunch. We are laid back and a bit odd at times, but will always lend a hand when needed. We aren’t afraid to jump in and offer directions or help you cross the street if we see that you are having difficulty.
4) Huge Side Note: It’s NOT called SAN FRAN. If you want everyone to know you are tourist than call it “San Fran” (ick). But take note – it’s mostly called SF or The City. These are not hard terms to master. Please learn them and don’t insult yourself or “The City by the Bay.”
5) Prepare yourself and embrace the windblown look! Women with long hair – carry a hair tie on your wrist if you can’t handle eating your hair or just put your hair in a pony before you go out. There are rare occasions when the wind isn’t whipping, but I wouldn’t count on it – because it can surprise you at any time! Men with toupee’s – make you sure you it’s held on tightly because that would not be fun to see that flap of hair fly away!
6) Do you know Karl? Karl is a large part of the community. Don’t be angry with him. He’s part of the scenery of San Francisco and it’s foggy. Most likely you came to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, but along your walk you realized you couldn’t see much because of the fog – that’s Karl. Just think of Karl as part of your tour.
7) When you packed for your trip to San Francisco, you probably brought a ton of fun, sexy and fancy clothes. OOPS – don’t need those. We are a CASUAL city. We like to keep it casual here. It’s rare to see folks in heels and beautiful shimmery dresses or men in suits. You are in the wrong city if you want that. We are about comfortable, casual – socially and physically.
8) We don’t really pick apples from tree’s in San Francisco, but rather from other people’s pockets – YIKES! Watch your iPhones and iPad’s – get it? Keep them close if you want to keep them. You have been warned!
9) Your Muni Ticket is something you do NOT want to crumple up or tear. This thin little piece of paper that feels so slight in your hand is your proof of payment for your return ride. You can enter the bus from the back – just flash that Muni Ticket so the driver can see it and you’ll be on your way to your next destination…
10) Oh the weather in San Francisco is never quite the same in the different neighborhoods. It could be windy and foggy in the Inner Richmond District. Drive a couple of miles and enter Noe Valley another pocket and it’s sunny and warm and the temperature has risen and you start to shed layers. San Francisco is known for it’s microclimates due to the steep hills and pockets of wind & fog. If you aren’t happy with the weather, just walk a few blocks and find an area that makes you smile!
11) Why rent a car in San Francisco, when you have UBER, Lyft and Sidecar? The convenience is unbeatable! Install the app on your phone, press a button and one of these three drivers will appear will you request. They will take you to your destination and your credit card will be charged and no cash will be exchanged. What could be easier. Make your life easier and don’t rent a car and have to deal with finding parking, worry about drinking while driving, parking tickets, getting lost if you are tourist. Add the app to your phone and get on with your life and let someone else do the driving for you!
12) Hybrid Cars are everywhere in the city – WOW! If you rent one (why you would I don’t even know why when you have UBER, Lyft and Sidecar) – be prepared to have a hard time finding where you parked it. Hybrid Cars are the most populated electric car areas there are – they are everywhere if you own one. Too many to even count, it’s ridiculous!
13) Have we talked about the Mission Burritos yet? Oh my – they are the size of an extra large toddler! The burritos are enormous, tasty and always fresh. You must come to the Mission District if you want the real deal. Several places to try in the Mission District – El Farolito, La Taqueria, Gracias Madre and Taqueria Cancun. Live your life and come to one of these places if you want a real burrito!
14) Have you been to Chinatown? I bet you think you have, but let me let you in on a little secret – it’s not what you think. Chinatown is actually on Clement Street. Some people like to refer to it as the “New Chinatown.” Clement Street has a plethora of cafes, restaurants, produce shops and businesses. It’s vibrant with a cultural mix of Asian flavor. It’s not stagnant with your typical grumpy waiters who throw your order on your table and walk away. You’ll know now find, Burmese, Persian, French and Thai Food to boot! Times are changing and people are more friendly – give it a try before you dismiss it.
15) Pugapalooza – what exactly is that? It’s the first Sunday of every month that is NOT to be missed whether you have a Pug or not! Have no fear you will have plenty of time for brunch since this meal does not begin until 2:30.
16) On to brunch – this is one of the most important meals of the week in San Francisco! It can’t be missed. It comes with all the fixin’s you could hope for – bloody Marys, Mimosas, eggs (Benedict of every kind(, French toast and of course reliving Saturday night’s escapades…
17) North Beach has an extremely hot spot for Pizza. Over 2,000 Yelper’s agree – Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. If you haven’t tried it, you are certainly missing out. Give it a shot and a least get a slice and see what all the Yelper’s are raving about.
18) Although you think you are in California and it’s going to be warm, that’s not always the case. San Francisco is definitely an exception to that rule. San Francisco is a layering city. The day starts out brisk in the morning (no matter the neighborhood) and then starts to warm up in the afternoon. But, don’t be fooled – make sure to have that hoodie and hat in tow. When the sun goes down, hoodie goes on, hat goes on and add a jacket. You may want to carry gloves too if you are one of people who get the chill to the bone. Be prepared – not worth getting a cold just to look fashionable!
19) Have you noticed all the bikers on the road? If you are going to drive a car and not take UBER, Lyft or Sidecar – be careful because cyclists are everywhere! San Francisco is one of the top 10 bike friendly cities in the United States. Great way to get around the city, but just be careful when you are opening your car door and try to avoid a collision with biker’s.
20) If you do have a car – USE YOUR PARKING BRAKE ALWAYS!
21) If you want to rent in San Francisco – expect to pay A LOT! Rent is OUT OF CONTROL! A room in a one bedroom can cost $1,600 – that’s just a room. People are paying this amount because they want to live in the City By The Bay. You can’t quite blame them, but let’s hope this break soon and life goes back to normalcy where landlords becomes decent human beings again.
Come to San Francisco and enjoy all the wonderful things our city has to offer. We are a friendly, vibrant city full of life and charm! You won’t know unless you experience it first hand yourself! We welcome you with open arms!