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SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit

SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit

August 2, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA SkyWest flight attendants are proceeding with their meal and rest break proposed class action after a California judge rejected the airline’s argument that federal regulations governing the airline industry preempt their claims.

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ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million

ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million

July 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On July 8, ABM Industries entered into a written agreement to settle the consolidated lawsuits, ABM Industries Overtime Cases (also known as the “Bucio case”), pending in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Filed in 2006, the lawsuits allege that ABM’s prior timekeeping and payment practices shortchanged as many as 50,000 janitorial employees in violation of the California Labor Code. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, ABM will pay a total sum of $140 million to resolve all claims. The settlement remains subject to court approval.


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Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke?

Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke?

July 28, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently reported that the price tag to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from nearly 700 military bases nationwide will probably exceed -- and cost taxpayers-- $2.1 billion. According to the Department of Defense (DOD) that price is up from $1.1 billion last year.

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Another Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit filed in California

Another Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit filed in California

July 26, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Monsanto has been hit with another lawsuit claiming its Roundup product causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Plaintiff Michael Langford of Sacramento was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007 and later developed other cancers. Langford’s Monsanto lawsuit filed in late June comes on the heels of a claim also filed in June. An Ohio resident filed suit in Delaware Superior Court claiming her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was also the result of many years’ exposure to Roundup in the care of her home garden.


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Creeping Data Collection at Family Dollar, Dollar Tree

Creeping Data Collection at Family Dollar, Dollar Tree

July 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Chicago, IL Family Dollar collected Mantrise Herron’s fingerprints without her permission in apparent violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). BIPA is a privacy-protection law, and Herron v. Family Dollar Inc. is a class action privacy protection lawsuit. But privacy is increasingly a luxury for the well-heeled and well-informed. The rubber hits the road when privacy concerns become unpaid wages claims or employment discrimination lawsuits. This is where many workers begin. Let us also begin at the beginning….


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Uber’s Ratings System Racist?

Uber’s Ratings System Racist?

July 22, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA A former Uber driver claims in a California labor lawsuit that he was terminated due to poor ratings from passengers and the ride-sharing app’s star-based ratings system is racist. San Francisco U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria somewhat agrees, at least at the pleading stage, saying that “the inference that Uber’s practice is racially discriminatory is … strong.”

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ERISA Lawsuit Alleges DuPont Underpaid Retirees

ERISA Lawsuit Alleges DuPont Underpaid Retirees

July 21, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Wilmington, DE M.P. Moon will have another chance to persuade a Delaware federal court that DuPont and its corporate predecessors and successors cheated him and similarly situated retirees of thousands of dollars in pension benefits. His ERISA lawsuit describes years of misinformation, followed by internal procedural rules that protected DuPont from the necessity of correcting its own error.

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