Cheryl Wilke Discusses California Employers on Talk Radio 790 KABC

January 2, 2015

Cheryl Wilke, Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Ft. Lauderdale office, was interviewed on Talk Radio 790 KABC on Friday, January 2, 2015.

In the radio interview, Ms. Wilke discusses employment related lawsuits and litigation in the state of California and how wage and hour, and sexual harassment retaliation suits have become a near epidemic for California employers.

Ms. Wilke also discusses how state law is extremely aggressive in California, and how in the years between 2008 and 2010, employers and companies moved their establishments of the state to other states such as Idaho and other southern states where the state laws were more palatable to employers.

She also discusses how employers can purchase an employers professional liability policy (EPLI) that provides insurance coverage for employers who perform negligent acts that do not appear to violate the law, however such coverage can help protect employers from litigation, but the deductibles associated with such coverage is costly.

Ms. Wilke also comments on recent cases where employers have been accused of wrongful doings. She discusses how the credibility of those employee accusations are important to each case, and also discusses how there is little to no recourse for employers for recovery of costs for frivolous claims in the state of California.

Ms. Wilke focuses her practice on the representation of employers in labor and employment matters, including litigation of FLSA, Title VII and retaliatory cases. In addition, Ms. Wilke provides comprehensive risk management programs for her clients. She counsels on all aspects of employer/employee relations, including business litigation, regulatory compliance, employment defense litigation and workers’ compensation matters. Ms. Wilke also practices in the area of high-dollar commercial litigation and collections and services. She earned her JD from Stetson University College of Law and her BA, with honors, from Florida Atlantic University.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services. We serve clients ranging from emerging and middle-market businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental and public sector clients.