California Judges|Fight Mass Layoff

SACRAMENTO (CN) – The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board will illegally lay off 50 administrative law judges on Sept. 1, unless a superior court judge stops them, the judges claim in court.
     California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment sued the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and its Chairman Robert Dresser on Monday, in Superior Court.
     The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) voted on April 28 to lay off 50 full-time administrative law judges, effective Sept. 1, the judges say in the lawsuit.
     “CUIAB engaged in a meet and confer process with the union representing the ALJs, and based on information disclosed during that process, it became apparent that the impending layoffs were illegal, both because of various procedural deficiencies in the layoff plan promulgated by CUIAB and based on prior agreements between CUIAB and the union, which CUIAB violated,” the complaint states. “This case seeks to halt the layoffs and to compel CUIAB to cease and desist violating valid agreements to which it is bound and to go through the proper procedures prior to laying off any ALJs.”
     The judges want the layoff plan enjoined as illegal for failing to comply with state laws and regulations, and anticipatorily breaching valid agreements with the plaintiffs.
     The plaintiff – California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment, or CASE – represents 229 administrative law judges employed at CUIAB, including all 50 targeted for layoffs.
     CASE is represented by Patrick Whalen, with The Law Office of Brooks Ellison.

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