Dan Chammas is an employment lawyer with considerable expertise in California employment law. He has been victorious in a number of class action suits, in which he defended many organizations against claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, unpaid wages, and much more. He has also published many articles on employment law, and frequently advises his clients on how to conduct their business lawfully. This starts with the hiring process, and adhering to legal requirements when conducting job searches and interviews.
When asking questions in an interview, it is important to consider discrimination laws and think about things from an interviewee’s perspective. There are many things that you are not allowed to take into consideration when making hiring decisions, including race, gender, religion, family status, and much more. If a topic is not relevant to the hiring process, stay away from any questions about it, or phrase the questions in a way that allows you to obtain the information that you need professionally. For example, ask if the applicant is over the age of 18 instead of directly asking how old they are to avoid being perceived as ageist.
Another extremely important thing to be aware of when discussing the job is any promises you are making. Do not make any promises unless you are absolutely sure that the company can keep them, otherwise, there may be basis for a lawsuit. It is especially important not to discuss the company’s financial future. Dan Chammas is an expert in employment law and discrimination policies in California.
Class action lawsuits, although a relatively recent legal proceeding in the United States, evolved from a medieval legal concept called group litigation which emerged in England in approximately 1200AD. Group litigations involved groups of people, usually towns, villages, parishes or guilds, suing another, or being sued in common law actions. In these actions, the English courts did not question the right of an individual to bring suit on behalf of a larger group, giving rise to attorneys like Dan Chammas of Venable LLP today as legal representatives and advocates defending against class action suits. These group litigations of medieval England were originally an accepted and common practice in the common law courts of the era.
Although relatively common in medieval England in the 12th and 13th centuries, group litigation became rarer in England after 1400AD as wealth and power concentrated behind the corporate model of business, leading to suspicion and mistrust of the unincorporated legal entity. England’s common law courts experienced periods of suspension due to chaotic wars such as the Wars of the Roses, and out of this the Court of Chancery was given exclusive sway over group litigations. Nonetheless, statutes which came into being from individual group litigation decisions removed possibilities for success. The Judicature Acts of 1874 and 1975 put the death knell to equity pleading in England after 1850. Attorney Dan Chammas of the Venable LLP law firm in California continues to litigate offspring of the group litigation, the class action lawsuit, which is alive and well in the 21st century in the United States.