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There is a reckoning coming for firms that continue to sweep sexual misconduct under the rug, experts say. Editor’s note: final of a three-part series.
A California appeals court Tuesday said a lower court rightly tossed libel and other claims brought by a former Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP associate against four firm partners in her $30 million wrongful firing suit, saying they didn’t ruin her shot at another job.
Female partners at two U.K. global law firms are paid on average approximately 25 percent less than their male counterparts, according to gender pay gap reports released by the firms Tuesday.
Companies that believe their workers no longer support a union must either sever the relationship with the union or maintain the status quo until their workers can vote on whether to continue representation, a D.C. Circuit panel said Tuesday, rejecting a middle path T-Mobile USA Inc. took at a Connecticut store.
An attorney who was fired from MetLife’s ERISA legal team can’t pursue claims she was discriminated against because her boss didn’t like that she regularly telecommuted to care for her ailing mother, a New York federal judge ruled Monday, saying the company adequately showed it lawfully fired her for performance-based reasons.
Uber Technologies Inc. agreed Monday to pay $10 million and make changes to its systems for evaluating workers to end a proposed class action in California federal court brought by female software engineers and engineers of color who claim they haven’t been paid equally by the ride-hailing company.
The Seventh Circuit on Monday let stand telecom giant Advance/Newhouse Partnership’s win over a customer service employee’s suit alleging she was retaliated against by her supervisors for complaining about a heavy workload, saying she couldn’t show that the increase in tasks was caused by her complaints.
Mercedes Benz U.S. International Inc. convinced an Alabama federal judge to close the book Tuesday on an African-American employee’s suit alleging he was given unfavorable performance evaluations and not promoted because of his race, with the judge finding the company had valid reasons for its actions.
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. nabbed a quick win in a suit alleging the meat supplier did not accommodate a worker’s post-knee injury disability, with a Kansas federal judge finding the man failed to show he was qualified for other company jobs even with a reasonable accommodation.
A Washington federal judge on Tuesday gave the federal government and current and prospective transgender military service members a week to lay out constitutional arguments on President Donald Trump’s new policy allowing some transgender troops to openly serve, pushing back a previously imminent ruling on an earlier version of the policy.
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A class of service technicians that handle equipment for a division of ITW Food Equipment Group asked a California federal court to initially approve a $4.2 million settlement in a suit alleging the company did not adequately pay its technicians.
A New York federal judge said Tuesday that a worker’s falsehoods about how long he worked in a lower Manhattan bagel shop he accuses of stiffing him on wages could prevent him from recovering damages and potentially warrant sanctions.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday signed a bill that forbids local governments from limiting the questions businesses can ask during job interviews, bucking the trend of states and municipalities encouraging equal pay by blocking employers from asking applicants about their salary histories.
A Colorado federal judge on Tuesday affirmed a magistrate judge’s order denying a bid by au pair companies to exclude the testimony of an expert offered by tens of thousands of au pairs accusing the companies of conspiring to set unreasonably low pay rates, saying the order was proper.
The Ninth Circuit on Monday asked minor league baseball players and Major League Baseball to weigh in on new legislation that exempts the players from federal wage-and-hour requirements amid an ongoing labor dispute.
The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday seemed wary of overturning a lower court’s order invalidating an Illinois village’s local right-to-work ordinance, with one judge saying the village’s stance that the National Labor Relations Act doesn’t preempt state municipalities from making their own calls on such laws would “create massive chaos.”
A Goldman Sachs programmer who copied proprietary computer code on his way out the door squared off with prosecutors before the New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday, saying the court below pushed an old law too far when it reinstated a jury’s verdict against him.
A Delaware judge refused Monday to trim a putative class action brought by ex-employees of The Chemours Co. alleging it worked to prevent them from accepting a better severance package than the one they took, deciding a state law on wages was broad enough to include severance payments.
A unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday that the state’s whistleblower law allowed a former turnpike commission employee to receive $1.6 million in noneconomic damages on claims that he was fired for attempting to expose corrupt bidding practices.
A federal judge in New York, in Alford v. CBS Corporation, recently held that the federal officer removal statute overrides the statute prohibiting removal of Jones Act claims. The ruling stands to have far-reaching impact in litigation in which the federal government’s involvement has been a factor, says Afigo Okpewho-Fadahunsi of Tanenbaum Keale LLP.
Increasingly, corporate social responsibility must be on the radar screen of in-house counsel. Investors are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, and a growing number of shareholder proposals on these subjects should be expected, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm’s long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Facing the first day of a medical malpractice trial on Tuesday, a San Jose obstetrician-gynecologist who once drummed for The Offspring proved his punk rock bona fides rushing to the aid of a prospective juror in cardiac arrest, delivering CPR but forcing a mistrial over concerns his medical heroics could bias jurors in his favor.
The U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged Tuesday that there’s no great way to read its fractured rulings that lack a clear majority opinion, but suggested that one litigant’s proposal to solve the problem would result in “chaos” and throw the justices out of whack.
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