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A New York federal judge on Tuesday rejected King & Spalding LLP’s bid to escape allegations it fired an associate for raising ethical concerns about two partners, saying at a hearing she found it “incredibly hard” to buy the firm’s stated reasons for terminating him.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster Epic Systems ruling that gave businesses a green light to use employment contracts to bar workers from bringing class actions will have a far-reaching impact on employment law, attorneys say it won’t significantly reduce the volume of sexual harassment cases that arise as part of the #MeToo movement.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has once again delivered a 5-4 majority opinion over a vigorous dissent from his liberal colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this time clashing in a high-profile dispute over arbitration clauses protecting businesses from worker class actions.
A Virginia school board that created a policy aimed at keeping a transgender student from using restrooms that match his gender identity will have to face his discrimination claims that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and back, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
The Boeing Co. stayed clear Tuesday of an ex-worker’s race bias suit alleging he was fired for being African-American when the Third Circuit ruled that the aerospace giant showed the employee was terminated after multiple safety violations.
Ten women and girls in Los Angeles, Chicago and seven other cities have claimed they were sexually harassed by co-workers and managers while working at McDonald’s Corp. restaurants, according to filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acting secretary from a former chaplain with borderline Asperger’s syndrome who claims the agency didn’t reasonably accommodate his allegedly “abnormal” way of communicating, but said the case belongs in Illinois federal court.
A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday refused to let Olive Garden out of a suit accusing the restaurant chain of employee discrimination after a newly hired server alleged she was handed $20 during a training session and told to get a job at Burger King because she was “too dark” to work at Olive Garden.
WAGE & HOUR
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. has agreed to pay $6.5 million to a class of approximately 17,000 current and former workers who accused the restaurant chain of wage and hour violations, according to a California federal judge who affirmed the settlement.
Golden Corral Corp. has agreed to pay $3.9 million to settle claims that it violated federal and state labor law by paying assistant managers lump sums instead of overtime for training, the workers told an Ohio federal judge, asking her to approve the agreement.
A trucking industry lobbying group, a D.C. think tank and a Boston public-interest law firm urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to compel arbitration in a class action accusing New Prime Inc. of failing to pay independent contractor truck-driver apprentices a proper minimum wage.
A former cheerleader for the NFL’s Houston Texans filed a putative class action in Texas federal court Monday claiming she and other cheerleaders were forced to work off the clock and were cut from the squad when they complained about their coach’s actions.
A National Labor Relations Board officer said about 180 Boeing workers who prep the company’s flagship 787 jets for flight tests can vote on whether to organize with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, rejecting the company’s bid for all 2,700 employees who work on the planes to be included in the unit.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered Sanofi to hand over hundreds of documents, including any warnings that food and drug regulators may have issued, said to pertain to a suit alleging it marketed off-label uses of a cancer drug.
Five workers who were injured during a recent explosion and subsequent fire at a Houston-area chemical plant have filed a lawsuit against Kuraray America Inc. in Texas for more than $1 million in damages.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently released an opinion letter that says breaks taken as part of intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act do not need to be compensated. However, it contains a troublesome caveat that threatens to destroy any clarity the letter might otherwise bring to the analysis, says Kevin Johnson of Johnson Jackson LLC.
As the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division attempts to prosecute no-poach and wage-fixing agreements, the wage analyses that are frequently used in employment discrimination cases will become increasingly relevant in the antitrust arena, say Stephen Bronars and Deborah Foster of Edgeworth Economics LLC.
One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling steered hundreds of new patent cases to Delaware from Texas and other states, federal judges and attorneys are patently scrambling to manage the surge with fewer resident judges.
New England-based law firm Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA said Tuesday it has implemented a new parental leave policy that allows 16 weeks of paid leave for attorneys regardless of their gender, making no distinction between primary and secondary caregivers.
A California bankruptcy judge on Tuesday entered a $10 million judgment against defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — which is owned by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — finding the firm defaulted on its bankruptcy-resolving settlement with a former partner over allegedly unpaid fees.
Acting New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood was tapped Tuesday by the state legislature to serve out the remainder of Eric Schneiderman’s term after he resigned earlier this month amid allegations of physical abuse by four women.
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