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The Sixth Circuit’s groundbreaking decision Wednesday that a funeral home owner’s religious beliefs didn’t shield him from a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming he illegally fired a transgender employee serves as a clear warning to employers that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a questionable tool to defend against trans discrimination suits, experts say.
A California federal judge Thursday handed a win to a group of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers who say their contract was breached through the overcharging of a $1 “safe ride” fee.
A split Second Circuit panel on Wednesday said a Methodist minister cannot revive his race and religious discrimination suit against New York Methodist Hospital, agreeing with a lower court that he is barred from bringing claims against his former employer because the health care facility is considered a religious entity.
A former counsel to Rep. Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in prison for leaking nude photos and videos of the congresswoman that he obtained from her phone.
While progress has been made on gender equality in the legal profession over the last five years, perception is skewed, according to data released by the Law Society of England and Wales on Thursday.
A Michigan federal judge partially granted Fiat Chrysler’s motion for summary judgment in the suit it’s facing from a deaf manufacturing employee alleging the company hasn’t provided him with adequate accommodations, saying harassment the employee allegedly endured was not reported to the company.
A New Jersey-based information technology staffing firm has agreed to refrain from age discrimination and provide related training to its employees as part of resolving a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit alleging the business told a rejected applicant in an email that “age will matter,” the federal agency announced Thursday.
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Virgin America Inc. flight attendants suing for more than $60 million asked a California federal judge at a hearing Thursday to find they’d proved that the airline shorted them on wages and meal breaks, while the airline moved to decertify the 1,800-member class.
A California federal judge on Wednesday said a class of Uber drivers cannot amend its class action claim under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act until the Ninth Circuit rules on the ride-hailing company’s bids to dismantle the long-running suit that claims it misclassified the drivers as independent contractors.
The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a National Labor Relations Board determination saying that Dish Network LLC had improperly fired a call center employee who was soliciting co-workers in an effort to sue the company, agreeing that the disciplinary reasons the company cited for the termination were a sham.
California’s health and safety watchdog agency hit Alhambra Foundry Co. Ltd. with a $283,390 fine for willful workplace safety violations after an employee became caught in a machine’s confined space and lost both of his legs, according to a statement Wednesday from the agency.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday sent to arbitration a suit accusing a gasoline transportation company of being responsible for an employee’s death in a highway accident, saying it is up to an arbitrator to determine the validity of the truck driver’s employee health and safety contract.
A man who led Boston’s square-bagel restaurant chain the two years before it filed for Chapter 11 insisted Wednesday that a bankruptcy judge in Massachusetts has the authority to — and should — order the company to prioritize his severance pay ahead of many other debts.
Baker McKenzie said Thursday it is launching an office in Los Angeles after hiring five partners from Hogan Lovells US LLP, bringing on board attorneys steeped in experience in employment, life sciences, energy, product liability and commercial matters to bolster its West Coast offerings.
Littler Mendelson PC has added a former Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. in-house attorney with experience in a variety of employment issues ranging from benefits to employee relations, the firm said in an announcement.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in CNH Industrial v. Reese, reaffirming that collective bargaining agreements must be construed according to ordinary contract principles, shows that the court will brook no outliers with respect to the mandatory application of traditional rules of contractual interpretation, say attorneys with Epstein Becker Green.
As technology has evolved to make telecommuting possible in more types of jobs, so too has the answer to the question of whether it’s a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, as demonstrated by two recent Sixth Circuit decisions, at least one pattern can be discerned in these types of cases, say Alexis Ronickher and Mehreen Rasheed of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
One of the key takeaways from a Wisconsin federal court’s recent decision in U.S. v. Sinovel Wind Group is that the most serious threats to a company’s trade secrets can often be internal rather than external, says Justus Getty of Duane Morris LLP.
Meditation and mindfulness hold the potential to help law firm leaders do their jobs better, according to a pair of speakers at the American Bar Association’s TechShow in Chicago on Thursday.
Law firms in Texas are optimistic in their outlook for 2018, a survey released Thursday said, but an increasing number of firms are being approached about combinations and many are considering making a move as competition ramps up in the state’s legal market.
A civil rights and employment attorney tops this week’s list of legal lions after her work on closing the gender gap in Hollywood got an unexpected boost before a global audience on Oscar night, while the lambs list is stacked with a host of attorneys embroiled in legal and ethical hot water, starting with a former Akin Gump partner sentenced this week to 30 months in prison.
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The Eleventh Circuit last month barred the racial segregation of an Alabama county’s public schools in a personally meaningful win for a Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP associate who worked on the case pro bono for more than two years.
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