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The top Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate labor appropriations subcommittees told the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel Wednesday they were “troubled” by his apparent discussions with a Littler Mendelson PC attorney about reported plans to reorganize the agency.
Former AT&T workers can pursue in New Jersey federal court a proposed class action alleging the company’s workforce reduction plan illegally targeted older workers, as the plan affected workers in the Garden State even though the company isn’t based there, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
A New York federal jury has returned a $2.35 million verdict against American Sugar Refining Inc. for racial bias against an employee in its Yonkers plant, less than two months after a separate jury hit the company with a $13.4 million verdict for sex discrimination.
A proposed California court rules change released Tuesday by a group convened by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye would mandate public disclosure of settlements resolving sexual harassment or discrimination complaints against judges or other court employees, but it doesn’t require agreements to identify the accused judicial officer.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Labor to look into whether a handful of worker centers including the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the Organization United for Respect at Walmart are subject to federal transparency laws covering labor organizations.
A former Disney executive on Wednesday urged a California appeals court to revive his suit alleging he was fired after 26 years at the company because of his age, arguing the trial court overlooked the inference of discrimination evident in Disney’s decision to give his job duties to his much younger assistant.
A Fifth Circuit panel on Monday revived a former Vacations to Go sales representative’s claim that she suffered from a hostile work environment after being sexually harassed on the job, saying the lower court granted the company a quick win on that claim even though there was no pending motion for it.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday tossed a lawsuit by New Jersey Transit employees who challenged the fee that employment law firm Smith Mullin PC took after winning them a race bias settlement, ruling that its previous decision reviving the suit was based on misdated trial court filings.
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An Illinois federal judge gave the final go-ahead Wednesday to a $3 million settlement reached between JPMorgan Chase and nearly 2,000 mortgage bankers who say the company denied them overtime pay in violation of both state and federal wage laws.
The operator of Los Angeles International Airport told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that trade associations for airport services and major U.S. airlines don’t have standing to challenge Los Angeles’ requirement that airport businesses accept “labor peace agreements” with any union requesting one, saying their claims are overblown.
Google LLC told a California appeals court Wednesday that Uber Technologies Inc. shouldn’t be allowed to intervene in its arbitration with two former employees accused of defecting to Uber with stolen trade secrets, arguing during a hearing that Uber is not a party to it and “can’t keep jumping in on the sidelines.”
A Pennsylvania appeals court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a case brought against Consolidated Rail Corp. by a man who died of lung cancer because of asbestos exposure, noting that all evidence indicates he signed away his right to sue in 2004 when settling his previous case for having nonmalignant mesothelioma.
A former Tribune Media Co. employee urged the Third Circuit on Wednesday to revive his 10-year-old race bias claim dismissed by the bankruptcy judge overseeing the company’s Chapter 11 proceeding, arguing he never knew he had the option to have his case heard in another jurisdiction.
Bankrupt construction contractor Navillus Tile Inc. told a judge Wednesday that $30 million worth of priority claims by union workers should be bumped down the priority stack, while the unions said there are clear justifications for priority status even though they did no work for Navillus.
After more than two decades at Murtha Cullina LLP, the firm’s former employment chair has jumped ship for LeClairRyan, where he is now picking up some of the litigation work he used to have to hire out.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently returned to its practice of laying out its positions on certain issues with opinion letters. While they are intended to serve as guidance based exclusively on specific facts, the general principles in the letters are applicable to all covered employers, say Tammy Daub and Daniel Emam of Paul Hastings LLP.
Recent updates to Massachusetts’ law requiring gender equity in pay make it among the strongest of such laws in the U.S. However, the ability of companies to conduct proactive pay audits as an affirmative defense under the Massachusetts statute may offer employers the opportunity to substantially reduce the risk of future litigation, say consultants at Analysis Group Inc.
Last year saw the fifth consecutive year of growth in the number of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits. Given the financial and reputational costs of such litigation, business owners and operators would be wise to evaluate current practices regarding accessibility and accessible services for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, says John Capobianco of VITAC Corporation.
BigLaw partners are often exceptionally good at practicing the law and serving clients, but when it comes to selling themselves to potential suitors while contemplating a lateral move, they’re not always so skilled.
A recent push in two states to remove judges over controversial decisions and efforts to limit court authority through legislation in more than a dozen others represent a kind of Catch-22 for courts looking to publicly defend their independence while trying to remain out of the political fray, experts said.
A corporate law department is expected to be at the forefront of the changes a business needs to make, not acting passively and waiting to be engaged, which historically was the case, a panel of general counsel from three technology companies said on Wednesday.
Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday grilled Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s general counsel Andrew S. Oldham, nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, over his record defending the state.
A group of North Dakota farmers accused a Texas law firm and co-counsel of tricking 60,000 farmers into signing a 40 percent contingency fee agreement in underlying multidistrict litigation over Syngenta AG’s genetically modified corn seed before secretly excluding them from other suits, in a putative class action filed in Minnesota federal court Tuesday.
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