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By adopting the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s stance that workplace sexual orientation bias is within Title VII’s reach, the Second Circuit moved the ball forward on an evolving legal issue that affects workplaces nationwide and will likely land at the U.S. Supreme Court before long, experts say. Here, Law360 looks at four key takeaways from the decision.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a shot Tuesday at “maddening” court rulings in a D.C. speech, particularly those against the administration’s immigration moves, while also blasting nationwide injunctions as a “growing problem” and deriding the Second Circuit’s ruling on anti-gay discrimination as perhaps inspired by The New York Times.
A Massachusetts Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that newspaper delivery carriers are employees of their respective companies, a potentially wide-ranging decision in favor of a former carrier working for GateHouse Media who had said he was entitled to certain benefits after being let go by a paper owned by the industry giant.
The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s decision to give a quick win to the National Weather Service in a case brought against it by a former employee who suffered from an autoimmune disease and said the government failed to adequately accommodate her illness.
Philadelphia-based Swartz Campbell LLC’s long-running claims that regional rival Chartwell Law Offices LLP launched a sweeping scheme to swallow up its attorneys are finally slated to go to trial in state court Wednesday, setting up a potential climax in a case that illustrates how intense competition for legal talent extends beyond the apex of the marketplace.
Job applicants who allege PricewaterhouseCoopers turned them down in favor of younger candidates told a California federal judge Tuesday their age discrimination claims against the accounting firm should be adjudicated on a collective basis, arguing they were subject to the same nationwide hiring policy and culture of ageism.
An Illinois federal judge on Monday granted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security a quick win in a Filipino man’s lawsuit accusing the Transportation Security Administration of exercising race and national origin bias in reviewing and demoting him, saying the evidence he presented doesn’t constitute adverse employment actions taken against him.
A woman who alleges that, as Harvey Weinstein’s assistant, she was subjected to humiliating tasks like cleaning up her boss’ used condoms and managing his erectile dysfunction drugs took her lawsuit to New York state court on Tuesday, according to a renewed complaint.
The U.S. Department of Defense has signed its first contract with an openly transgender recruit, it announced on Monday, amid legal uncertainty due to court fights over President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender troops and speculation over whether Defense Secretary James Mattis backs that ban.
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Philadelphia-based Uber limo drivers told a federal judge Monday that Uber must face putative class claims that it failed to compensate drivers for time they spent online on the ride-hailing app in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, saying Uber exercises enough control over drivers to classify them as employees.
Walmart Inc. fired back Monday against 80,000 cashiers who are resisting class decertification in their suit alleging the retail giant fails to provide them with California state law-required seating, arguing the workers can’t prove it’s reasonable for Walmart to give seats to all of its cashiers.
The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday handed another win to unions in a fight over unpaid dues from more than two decades ago, finding the National Labor Relations Board had abused its discretion in awarding only injunctive relief in a case where the businesses had already gone under.
The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against four clubs — the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays — over whether they are using funds received through revenue-sharing from other teams in accordance with the union’s collective bargaining agreement.
The latest legal effort to demolish the Affordable Care Act by targeting the law’s individual mandate has realistic odds of gaining traction despite some likely problems with its arguments.
A Viacom shareholder Monday asked the Delaware Supreme Court to revive his suit against the company’s board over $13 million paid to ailing former executive chairman Sumner Redstone, saying the lower court applied an unrelated, self-dealing settlement release to his case.
A California appellate panel Monday reversed the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority’s more than $93 million judgment in a decades-long contract dispute, finding the joint venture that built part of LA’s subway system did not overbill the county or breach their contract.
Despite the stated benefits for both employers and employees, some employers still struggle to implement successful wellness programs or have a significant percentage of their workforce refuse to sign up. Kofi Semenya of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC shares suggestions for employers who want to establish a wellness program and maximize participation.
Legal leaders who want to meet their clients’ expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.
The Big Four accounting firms have assembled massive operations spanning the globe, generating a cumulative $134 billion in revenue last year. Here, Law360 takes a look at three things BigLaw can learn from the Big Four.
Justice Stephen Breyer refused to go quietly Tuesday after his Supreme Court colleagues voted to deny bail hearings to certain immigrants detained for deportation, reading aloud an impassioned dissent invoking the Declaration of Independence and centuries-old English common law.
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for an Eleventh Circuit vacancy, sending Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Branch to the federal bench.
California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed 25 superior court judges Tuesday, including partners from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Jones Day, Irell & Manella LLP, Perkins Coie LLP and Gordon & Rees LLP with focuses on intellectual property, white collar crime and product liability.
The Ninth Circuit asked the D.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday to answer questions of law related to whether a bankruptcy trustee can recover profits earned by ex-Howrey LLP partners for matters started at the now-defunct firm from the attorneys’ new firms.
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