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A recent lawsuit against Morrison & Foerster alleging discrimination against women who have children illuminates a question looming over the legal industry: Are law firms truly welcoming to mothers, or are their parental leave policies merely lip service?
The Ninth Circuit’s recent request that the California Supreme Court clarify how far-reaching the Golden State’s wage laws really are puts the airline industry on edge that it may face additional administrative burdens of complying with a patchwork of state wage-statement statutes, industry observers say.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s challenge to an Eleventh Circuit ruling that employers don’t violate federal race discrimination laws when they treat workers differently based on “mutable” characteristics, such as dreadlocks.
Fifty of the nation’s top law schools have asked firms recruiting on campuses to complete a survey regarding their use of mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements, following reports that some BigLaw firms have required summer associates to sign agreements covering sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct.
After weeks of controversy during which online retail giant Amazon paused the planning of construction on a major city project, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to approve a scaled-down, nearly $50 million annual head tax on large corporations.
Three former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorneys have added their names to a $300 million gender discrimination class and collective action against the firm, according to an amended complaint filed Friday in California federal court, which also added Ogletree Deakins’ managing shareholder as a named defendant.
A Maryland federal judge on Monday refused to let government security contractor MVM Inc. escape the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims it systematically pushed out a class of African workers, instead pausing the suit to let the agency amend charge documents that left out key allegations.
Two former employees of AT&T’s mobile phone subsidiary have accused it of discriminating against pregnant retail store employees by having a companywide policy that penalizes them for absences or lateness related to pregnancy or childbirth, according to court papers filed Monday.
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A California federal judge on Monday narrowed a 30,000-member class of janitors accusing facility management company ABM Industries Inc. of making them use their personal cellphones for work purposes without reimbursement, saying arbitration agreements some of them signed in 2016 keep some claims out of court.
Counsel to restaurant-delivery service DoorDash and a Boston-area driver who filed a class action lawsuit against the company for allegedly lost wages wrangled in a Boston courtroom Monday over the legality of a contract clause waiving workers’ rights to collectively sue their employer.
A National Labor Relations Board official has ruled that a proposed bargaining unit of welders at metal casting company PCC Structurals Inc. passes muster under the new test for evaluating units that the board adopted earlier in the case and that replaced the more union-friendly standard set in the NLRB’s now-toppled 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a petition from BNSF Railway Co. over whether payroll taxes should be deducted from compensation owed to a former employee for lost wages in connection with a workplace injury.
A Pennsylvania federal judge held that a would-be employee’s arbitration agreement with a staffing firm can’t be used to force him to arbitrate claims that a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary unfairly revoked his job offer because of a background check, saying his allegations against J&J stem from the Fair Credit Reporting Act, not the contract.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday revived the whistleblower lawsuit of a Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office worker against his employer, ruling that his transfer to another department could be considered retaliation under the state’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act.
Attorneys for workers whose bankruptcy appeal led to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that narrowed the use of Chapter 11 structured settlement dismissals told a Delaware judge Monday the high court ruling nullified a deal that company lenders now want to reassert.
While Federal Express succeeded at summary judgment and juries twice found in its favor in Hussain v. FedEx, the path to its recent victory was a long and likely costly one. Employers seeking to mitigate the risk of similar promotion-related discrimination claims should bear in mind the factors that led the Seventh Circuit to reverse the district court’s summary judgment, say Jill Vorobiev and Adam Weiner of Reed Smith LLP.
In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.
Pomerantz LLP’s Jeremy Lieberman led a $3 billion settlement for investors in a class action over Brazilian energy giant Petrobras’ corruption scandal, achieving a record sum and key legal ruling along the way to land him a spot on Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
Law firm billing rate increases and demand growth were the driving factors of revenue improvement in the first quarter of 2018, according to a law firm industry report released Monday by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group.
The Senate on Monday confirmed Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Michael Y. Scudder Jr. and U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve for the Seventh Circuit in a rare bipartisan vote for President Donald Trump’s nominees.
Having a broad and diverse legal team at Hilton is critical to Kristin Campbell, the hotel brand’s executive vice president and general counsel. For example, women constitute at least half of her senior leadership team and the overall population of attorneys in the legal department. She also recently shared with Law360 how the piña colada, Waldorf salad and chocolate brownie are related to the company.
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