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Three California-based associates hit Morrison & Foerster LLP with a $100 million proposed class action Monday that alleges the firm delays pay and advancement opportunities for female attorneys who take maternity leave or avail themselves of benefits the firm offers working mothers.
The California Supreme Court on Monday shot down delivery company Dynamex’s challenge to a decision certifying a class of delivery drivers in a wage-and-hour case, embracing a standard that presumes workers are employees instead of independent contractors and stepping away from a more flexible classification test that had been in use in the Golden State for almost three decades.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up Lamps Plus Inc.’s petition alleging that the Ninth Circuit shirked high court precedent by reading standard language in the retailer’s arbitration agreement with an employee to mean that both parties had agreed to class arbitration of his claims stemming from a 2016 phishing attack.
Charter Communications LLC will have to hand over $9.45 million after a Kentucky federal jury found Friday that it defamed seven former employees when it told other employees about the incident that led to their firing, involving company printers being taken home, and labeled it “Printer-gate.”
Disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein trashed Ashley Judd’s reputation to other Hollywood movers and shakers after she rebuffed his sexual advances, the actor said in a defamation lawsuit filed in California state court Monday.
A New Jersey federal judge has imposed a $10,000 sanction on a lawyer whose excuse for missing a court filing deadline in an employment suit was later refuted by photos on her Instagram account, writing that she deliberately misled the court and other attorneys about a trip she took to Mexico.
A worker in Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Manhattan office sued the firm in New York state court Monday, alleging it and outsourcing company Williams Lea Inc. tried to push her out because of her age and let another worker sexually harass her despite her many complaints.
The University of Minnesota paid two employees more than $281,000 in 2016 to settle sexual harassment complaints related to former athletic director Norwood Teague, according to documents published Monday.
WAGE & HOUR
A collective and a proposed class of Aldi Inc. store managers suing the grocery chain for overtime asked a New York federal judge on Monday to preliminarily approve a $9.8 million settlement to end the dispute.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday blocked Philadelphia from implementing a key element of an ordinance that aims to eliminate the wage gap for women and minorities, saying a provision preventing companies from asking applicants about their salary history violated an employer’s free speech rights.
A California state appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a proposed wage-and-hour class action against Shell Oil, ruling that the energy giant wasn’t a joint employer with the Shell-branded chain the manager bringing the suit worked for.
Roman Catholic-affiliated Manhattan College violated federal labor law by refusing to bargain with a union that won the right to represent all the school’s adjunct professors except those in the religion department, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Friday, again rejecting the college’s religious freedom-based objections.
A National Labor Relations Board judge on Friday said that the company formerly known as Cablevision flouted federal labor law when it fired a sales representative for allegedly being insubordinate, finding that his termination was motivated by union activity supporting the Communications Workers of America.
An ordinance from the city of Austin mandating paid sick leave for employees flouted a Texas minimum wage law, the Lone Star State argued in state court Monday, seeking to join a suit by a group of businesses and business associations challenging the policy.
A federal judge told a Massachusetts mental health group in court on Monday that it will not escape an allegation that the company has for eight years been overbilling state and federal health insurance programs for treatments conducted at clinics allegedly run by unlicensed, untrained and unsupervised personnel.
A former employee of a Louisiana Winn-Dixie grocery store objected Monday in Delaware to the proposed Chapter 11 plan of the store’s parent company, saying the plan would impair her claims and the claims of other workers pursuing a class action for unpaid overtime in federal court.
Akerman LLP said Monday it bolstered its fast-growing Los Angeles office with a former Cozen O’Connor employment attorney with experience handling jury trials, arbitrations and everything in between in disputes involving discrimination allegations, wage and hour class actions, cannabis in the workplace and more.
Amidst the #MeToo movement and the narrower scope of Title IX enforcement under the Trump administration, some key actions from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights indicate that schools will likely see an increase in private litigation of student sexual harassment and misconduct cases, say Joanne Alnajjar Buser and Corrie Klekowski of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.
In addition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Digital Realty decision earlier this year, three other factors have emerged that threaten to set the clock back on internal employee reporting and encourage whistleblowing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.
Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
Among the notable legal department hires during the first month of spring were new general counsel at Microsoft Corp., GoPro Inc. and the United States Steel Corp., as well as an acting principal associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant general counsel at global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
Adobe Systems Inc. executive vice president and general counsel Michael Dillon is retiring this year after a 34-year career in law. Here, Dillon chats with Law360 about the monumental changes that have taken place in the legal industry over the past three decades, why he thinks the billable hour should die already, and the little-known Arctic explorer that he’d like to have lunch with.
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