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The quiet dismantling Monday of a sexual harassment investigation into former U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, which was prompted by his resignation from the Ninth Circuit, came as no surprise to many judiciary experts, who say the case highlights a need for significant rule reforms by both judicial officials and Congress.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took the stand Tuesday in a California federal jury trial over allegations his company stole self-driving car trade secrets from Alphabet unit Waymo, testifying that leadership in driverless car technology is an “existential” challenge for the ride-hailing company he co-founded.
The American Bar Association’s policy-making arm on the last day of its midyear meeting Monday passed a trove of resolutions, including a policy change aimed at how sexual harassment and retaliation claims are handled at legal industry employers.
A former Citigroup financial adviser must arbitrate claims that she was illegally demoted because of the bank’s alleged “boys’ club” culture and fired for reporting a supervisor’s improper demands for stock tips, a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Arnold & Porter Chairman Richard Alexander said Tuesday that while his law firm is offering its U.S. legal secretaries voluntary buyout packages in an effort to streamline its support services, with the expectation that the initiative will pare back the cohort of 140 by approximately 20 people, the buyouts do not mean layoffs are coming.
A Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture on Tuesday escaped claims it let a supervisor sexually harass a technician and denied her jobs after she complained, when an Alabama magistrate judge ruled the worker was harassed but not to the point where it violated federal law.
A California judge closed the book Tuesday on a lawsuit alleging Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP maintains a hostile work environment for older workers in its billing department, following a notice in November that said the parties reached a settlement.
The U.S. Department of Labor has sent 1,000 letters to federal contractors warning that some of their establishments may be audited for compliance with federal nondiscrimination requirements, according to an online notice posted by the agency’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
A Bank of America fraud analyst told a California federal jury Tuesday she never tried to contact a former client manager before reporting her for making fraudulent transactions, testifying during the third day of a trial over defamation and blacklisting claims that the manager’s perspective didn’t make a difference to her investigation.
WAGE & HOUR
Stericycle Inc. employees asked a California federal judge on Monday to preliminarily approve a $2 million agreement with the medical waste disposal company settling putative class claims that it denied workers breaks and shorted them on overtime pay and compensation for time spent changing into their work wear.
Dynamex Inc. warned the California Supreme Court against using “rigid” tests to determine whether workers are independent contractors or employees on Tuesday during long-awaited oral arguments in a case that experts say could bring significant implications for worker classification in the gig-economy era.
A Ninth Circuit panel Monday revived a putative wage-and-hour class action filed by a drilling worker on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, finding that the Golden State’s laws are not inconsistent with federal laws and are therefore applicable to the worker.
The CEO of a now-defunct Silicon Valley employment platform startup who admitted he sent employees fake wire transfer confirmations that appeared to show their pay to keep them working for his failing company pled guilty on Monday to wire fraud, federal prosecutors announced.
The head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday told congressional lawmakers that the agency will not roll back any portion of the Obama administration’s 2014 rule limiting coal dust exposure to mine workers.
The widow of a former United Automobile Workers vice president pled guilty to filing false tax returns in Michigan federal court Tuesday, an offense stemming from $1.5 million in bribes her husband accepted from Fiat Chrysler during collective bargaining negotiations between the company and the union.
The Chicago White Sox on Tuesday said a suit filed against the organization by a former New York Yankees outfielder who alleged he was injured at a June game at Guaranteed Rate Field should be removed to federal court because it hinges on a labor agreement.
A pair of purported whistleblowers who say they could be entitled to up to $250 million of the nearly $1 billion restitution fund in Takata’s criminal case over faulty air bag inflators objected Tuesday to the company’s Chapter 11 plan on grounds it doesn’t take into account any pending whistleblower award.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section recently finalized a settlement involving an asylum discrimination claim against Omnicare. The case is a good reminder that employers should carefully consider including appropriate defense and indemnification language in contracts with third parties, says Alexander Batoff of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.
Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience Tuesday afternoon at New York Law School that she is troubled by the relatively recent trend of partisan wrangling over nominees to the high court but expects it will not stay that way forever.
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