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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hasn’t seen a surge in sexual harassment complaints since the start of the #MeToo movement, but more workers have been threatening to sue, acting EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic said Tuesday at a Society for Human Resource Management conference in Washington, D.C.
A former Fisher & Phillips LLP partner shot and killed his wealthy wife because his declining income left him hundreds of thousands of dollars in her debt and unable to maintain his lavish lifestyle, state prosecutors told an Atlanta jury during opening statements in his murder trial Tuesday.
The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel released a handful of advice memorandums Tuesday, one of which found that participation in a nationwide day of action protesting Trump administration immigration policies qualified as protected activity and that 18 factory workers shouldn’t have been fired for taking part.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorneys violated a rule of professional conduct when they represented both a hotel operator and several hotel workers who are potential members of a class suing the company for alleged wage-and-hour violations, but the lawyers can stay on the case under certain conditions, a California federal judge ruled Monday.
A female partner accusing Proskauer Rose LLP of gender discrimination informed a Washington, D.C., federal court Monday that she intends to add new allegations to her complaint that the firm has continued to retaliate against her since the case commenced last year.
The legal services sector added jobs for the third year in a row in 2017, but a deeper analysis shows it is far from getting back to the record high employment levels reached in the mid-2000s amid a shift in how law firms are doing business following changes in technology and client demand.
A Maryland federal judge on Monday refused to free the Talbot County Board of Education from a transgender teenage boy’s lawsuit challenging its refusal to let him use the boys’ locker rooms at his high school, but rejected his request for an injunction forcing the board to allow him to use those facilities.
A U.S. Forest Service employee waited too long to file an administrative complaint on claims he faced illegal sex discrimination and was improperly passed over for a promotion, dooming his civil lawsuit, a Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge said Tuesday.
Texas grocery giant HEB notched a win Tuesday when Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a driver’s discrimination lawsuit against the company, holding that he had presented no evidence to support his contention that misconduct by his former attorneys led to the lawsuit’s early dismissal.
Texas litigation firm Burt Barr & Associates LLP on Tuesday told a Texas federal judge that without proof a former client could have collected on a sexual harassment judgment, it can’t be held liable for allegedly failing to protect the judgment from being discharged in a bankruptcy.
MGM Resorts International Operations Inc. on Monday in Nevada federal court was hit with a lawsuit from a female employee alleging that younger men in her department were paid more, even though they all did work requiring equal skill.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a putative class suit alleging the city of Naples, Florida, used staff reductions to discriminate against female and older employees, after the parties said they had agreed to settle the dispute.
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A group of host families backed an au pair company Monday in its bid to convince the First Circuit to restart a case asking that the child care providers be treated as part of a cultural exchange program, rather than employees subject to Massachusetts labor laws.
Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that it was “premature” for the National Labor Relations Board to ask that an order remanding the company’s appeal of the board’s expanded joint employer test be revoked, but the NLRB stuck to its guns a day later by arguing the circuit should take the case back.
Massachusetts’ behemoth nurses union plans to continue fighting a policy at one of the nation’s preeminent teaching hospitals requiring all employees to receive annual influenza vaccinations or face termination, despite a recent courtroom loss against the mandate, union representatives said Tuesday.
A former United Auto Workers official has been charged in Michigan federal court for participating in a scheme in which Fiat Chrysler Automotive US LLC executives allegedly diverted millions of dollars earmarked for a worker training center to pay off union executives in cash and gifts.
Amazon.com job applicants told a Florida federal judge Tuesday that they had settled their claims against the e-commerce giant over consumer background checks they said were performed without following strict legal requirements.
A Tenth Circuit panel Tuesday affirmed a decision upholding the U.S. Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers related to fixed indexed annuity sales, agreeing with the lower court that the rule’s critics were given an opportunity to comment on it.
A Silicon Valley-based prenatal testing company has agreed to pay $10.6 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed federal health care programs for its popular Panorama noninvasive prenatal tests and other screenings in violation of the False Claims Act, the federal government said Tuesday.
The Seventh Circuit on Monday refused to revive a man’s bid to collect proceeds from a $20 million settlement in a suit he once headed alleging unlawful contract bribery in Chicago’s red light camera program, saying the lower court correctly found it lacked subject matter jurisdiction over his claim.
A Texas federal judge agreed Monday with a magistrate judge’s conclusions that Rolls-Royce should escape a False Claims Act suit alleging it billed the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts and that the whistleblower’s attorney should be disqualified, saying the relator unsuccessfully pursued these claims previously and his attorney once worked for the company.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the third amended complaint brought against Moody’s Corp. by a whistleblower alleging it violated the False Claims Act when it gamed ratings to preserve business in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
West Virginia’s high court has reversed a $1.2 million jury verdict awarded to a power company worker who was injured after falling 14 feet onto concrete, finding Monday there wasn’t enough evidence his employer intentionally exposed him to the unsafe working condition that led to the accident.
Vedder Price PC bolstered its Washington, D.C., team Monday with the addition of a former Venable LLP attorney who focuses on traditional labor matters and Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance.
The Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in Doe v. Miami University is most notable for its refusal to adopt the Second Circuit’s ruling in Doe v. Columbia University, a case that addressed similar causes of action by a male student the university found responsible for sexual misconduct, say Brooke Deardurff and David Gartenberg of Littler Mendelson PC.
Recent cases demonstrate that, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar, False Claims Act materiality questions remain and continue to be litigated. Gilead filed a petition for certiorari a few months ago, and it is a key case to watch, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
There’s no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law’s distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the “sport of kings,” says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
Fewer cases were filed in federal courts in 2017 compared to the year before, following a broader trend of falling litigation rates over the past five years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Global law firm Allen & Overy on Monday reported its gender pay gap figures, showing a steep disparity between what the average woman in the law firm’s London office earns and how much the average man is paid, and echoing similar results at other U.K. law firms.
The recently formed Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group has implemented or is currently implementing almost 20 new changes to help address workplace conduct concerns, including sexual harassment, the group announced Tuesday.
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