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A recent California state court decision letting a proposed class action alleging Google underpays women statewide go forward may provide plaintiffs attorneys a new model for suits challenging employers’ pay practices in the Golden State and beyond, attorneys say.
The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive a former convenience store clerk’s suit alleging she was wrongly fired for burning a customer with a cigarette as she defended herself from sexual harassment, saying the incident wasn’t severe enough to alter the conditions of her employment.
The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with rail equipment suppliers Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec over allegations of a long-running pact to not compete for each other’s employees, the DOJ said Tuesday, warning again that such cases could result in criminal charges.
Just a day after her replacement was announced, the former host of NBC’s “Talk Stoop” sued NBCUniversal, LX and an LX senior vice-president in New York state court on Tuesday alleging they fired her due to her struggles with clinical depression.
The estate of a notable broker who died by suicide claimed in a suit filed in New York federal court Monday that JPMorgan Chase & Co. pushed him out of the company while he struggled with his mental health, ultimately causing him to take his own life.
A California appeals court panel ordered that a new trial be held for a former chain restaurant employee’s claims that she was fired because she was pregnant and had complained of various issues regarding her pay and sexism, saying that confusion among jurors over voting procedures marred the initial verdict in her employer’s favor.
The former managing director for Federal Express Corp. in charge of employment decisions at its Chicago stations rejected a woman’s bid to become a senior manager because he held a bias against women, according to her lawyer’s opening statements Tuesday in a second federal trial over the claim.
A former court clinician who claims a Massachusetts judge threatened her and forced her to perform sexual favors for him said Monday the nonprofit health service she worked for should not be able to escape blame for placing her in a sexually hostile work environment.
WAGE & HOUR
Dozens of New York and San Francisco restaurants returned to California federal court for another round in their battle against a consumer who accuses them of engineering a no-tipping policy in a “conspiracy” to overcharge customers, arguing he bases his suit on a fried chicken sandwich that cost $5 more after a Brooklyn eatery eliminated tipping.
A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced a bill on Monday that would once again make the workers’ compensation system the exclusive remedy for job-related asbestos claims following a landmark ruling by the state’s Supreme Court allowing employers to face civil lawsuits over certain long-latency diseases.
Subsidiaries of the Canadian National Railway Co. told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that transfers of $13.3 million of corporate stock options do not qualify as money remuneration that is taxable under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act because stock is not a generally accepted medium of exchange.
Lyft told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that the “reckless” plaintiffs’ lawyers representing an ex-driver cannot revive federal putative class claims that the ride-hailing company committed privacy violations during its pre-employment background checks, insisting his claims were already settled in a separate wage-and-hour suit in California state court.
A Texas-based retail merchandising company was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Monday by employees saying the company sent copies of their information-laden W-2s to identity thieves in a “phishing” scam.
The Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Denetra Thomas v. Hercules Offshore Services — holding that a mobile offshore drilling unit was subject to U.S. Coast Guard regulations not those of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration — shows that employers can successfully defend Jones Act claims when an employee fails to provide evidence of fault, says Matthew Guy of Adams and Reese LLP.
Many retirement plan sponsors will likely find the relaxed rules related to hardship withdrawals included in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to be a welcome change. However, implementing these changes will require amending plan documents, as well as altering participant communications and administrative procedures, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.
LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR
Under most states’ laws, an employer has an obligation to use reasonable care in selecting and retaining employees. Darryl McCallum of Shawe Rosenthal LLP discusses the potential negligence liability employers face when they hire and/or retain employees who end up causing injury to third parties or other employees, and how to prevent and defend against such claims.
A recent $107 million Burford Capital deal is the latest signal that litigation funding’s secondary market is starting to bloom under investor interest — a development that will bring more opportunities for lawyers, but also increased risks of being taken in by a funder that can’t afford to finance the case on its own.
Before the official launch on Tuesday of the combined firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, the firm’s co-chairs noted that they were already witnessing the benefits offered by a new, relatively rare, fully integrated international structure.
The desire of general counsel to in-source legal work has not let up, with 65 percent of corporate counsel responding to a survey released Tuesday by saying they would prefer to bring additional talent in-house rather than rely on outside counsel.
Hogan Lovells became the latest law firm Tuesday to voluntarily include partner compensation in its U.K. pay gap figures, and it turns out the law firm’s female partners in Britain earn on average 2.8 percent more than their male colleagues.
Yelp urged the California Supreme Court on Tuesday to nix a lower court’s order that it take down a negative review of a personal injury attorney by her former client, saying the order violates its free speech and due process rights and will spur a “flood” of take-down orders against millions of online publishers.
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