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Proskauer Rose LLP on Wednesday disputed claims it unfairly paid a female partner less than men in similar positions, saying in an answer to her recently revised suit that she earned a bigger share of firm profits in one of the years covered by the case than all but three men in the firm’s employment practice.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday suspended state court Judge Thomas Estes indefinitely without pay, paving the way for removal proceedings before the state Legislature and the governor, saying he can no longer command a courtroom after a secret affair with a court clinician.
An Alabama health network fired an accounts clerk for giving board members’ personal email addresses to a debt collector, not because she complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about being sexually harassed by her boss, an Alabama federal judge said in an opinion filed Thursday.
Fiat Chrysler won a bid to push the bulk of a racial discrimination proposed class action into individual arbitration, according to a Michigan federal judge’s ruling Thursday that found the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems bars the employees from arbitrating their bias claims as a class.
A 70-year-old Haitian-American nurse won a $28 million retaliation jury verdict on Wednesday in a suit against a renowned Boston hospital after claiming the hospital wrongly started investigating her for allegedly poor patient care after she came to the aid of another nurse she believed was being verbally abused.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a $160,000 jury verdict against Time Warner Cable in an ex-worker’s disability discrimination suit, saying the jury was consistent in finding the company had failed to engage in an interactive process with the worker even if it did provide reasonable accommodations.
The Chicago Cubs will have to provide a scout they fired with unredacted emails that may help his case alleging he was dismissed for missing work because of surgery, a California federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the emails will elucidate questions of how the club treated similarly situated workers.
The Massachusetts State Police were denied a quick win Thursday by a federal judge in a suit claiming racial bias led to an African-American man being denied a spot as a trainee after one of its troopers said he lied during a background interview.
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Securitas Securities Services USA Inc. must face a new trial brought by an ex-guard who accused the company of violating California’s labor laws under the Private Attorneys General Act, even though only one alleged violation personally affected him, a California state appellate court ruled Wednesday.
A Costco employee can bring in federal court her Private Attorneys General Act claim as a representative of others in her suit alleging the wholesaler flouted state labor law by not providing seating to greeters, a California federal judge ruled, finding that PAGA’s qui tam aspects provided standing.
Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk violated federal labor law in a recent tweet suggesting the company’s workers would lose their stock options if they unionized, the United Auto Workers union alleged in a charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday challenged an attempt by Platinum Partners LP co-founder Murray Huberfeld to discredit their star witness with allegedly incriminating evidence ahead of Huberfeld’s graft retrial alongside a labor boss, telling a New York federal judge the proffered evidence would send jurors down a rabbit hole of irrelevant information.
A longtime executive assistant and secretary for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has sued it and Judge Kevin Yeary in federal court for allegedly violating her free speech rights by firing her over her politically tinged Facebook posts.
A Pennsylvania federal judge distributed more than $85 million in fees to the class attorneys in the NFL concussion suit Wednesday, including a nearly $52 million share for co-lead class counsel Seeger Weiss LLP.
As mediators, we have witnessed an increase in workplace sexual harassment complaints over the past six months, triggered, no doubt, by the #MeToo movement. And this movement has also affected the way in which these cases are mediated, say Linda Singer and Carol Wittenberg of JAMS.
Controversial nominations for the Fifth Circuit and judicial posts in Texas and Louisiana advanced to the full Senate on Thursday, over objections from Democrats over their records on environmental rules, abortion rights and past statements.
High court heavyweight Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is this week’s top legal lion with a U.S. Supreme Court decision preserving employers’ use of class action waivers, while Womble Bond Dickinson LLP and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP ended up legal lambs after a jury slammed their tobacco company clients with a $21 million verdict in a smoker’s lung cancer case.
Arizona Summit Law School filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which has kept the school on probation since March 2017 and last month determined it was still failing to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s action against Arizona Summit is “arbitrary and capricious.”