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“Face of Channel 4 News” Fired -- Too Old to be Female on TV

“Face of Channel 4 News” Fired -- Too Old to be Female on TV December 13, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Nashville, TN News anchor Demetria Kalodimos, who had repeatedly been named the Best Local Reporter and Best Local TV News Personality by the readers of the Nashville Scene, was abruptly fired by WSMV, Channel 4 on December 4, 2017. On November 27, 2018, she filed an employment lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee, alleging violations of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Tennessee Human Rights Act and Disability Act and Tennessee common law. Allegations concerning violations of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 are expected to follow.
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Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations

Employers can be Liable for California Wage-Hour Violations December 10, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA: Can an individual be held liable for alleged California wage law violations?
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California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail

California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail December 7, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA A year and a half ago, Sylvester Owino and Jonathan Gomez filed a California unpaid wages lawsuit against CoreCivic, a for-profit business that runs private prisons, including the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. The lawsuit alleges violations of federal human trafficking laws and California labor laws relating to minimum wage, overtime, and meal breaks, among other things. Discovery is expected to continue into March 2019, with a trial to follow.
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Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim

Discrimination Laws Upheld with Teva Claim December 6, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: Pharmaceutical giant Teva was ordered by an eight-person jury last month to pay $6.3 million to a former manager who filed a discrimination employment lawsuit against the Israeli company.
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California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion

California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion November 24, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA In 2015 Jesus Cuitlahuac Garcia, a taxi driver, filed a California unpaid wages lawsuit against Border Transportation Group (BTG) claiming unpaid wages, wrongful termination and a variety of related labor law violations. In October 2018, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District handed Mr. Garcia an apparently empty victory.
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Tennessee Drywall Workers Win Unpaid Overtime in DOL Settlement

Tennessee Drywall Workers Win Unpaid Overtime in DOL Settlement November 21, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Hermitage, TN On October 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that Tennessee contractor, Vasquez Drywall, had agreed to pay $103,300 in back wages to workers misclassified as independent contractors and a $2,424 civil penalty. Employment misclassification is rampant in the construction industry in Tennessee and throughout the country. The practice deprives employees of overtime pay, workers compensation insurance and basic workplace safety protections. Undocumented construction workers are particularly at risk because they are unlikely to bring lawsuits or seek other enforcement action to preserve their rights.
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J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million

J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million November 8, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA More than a decade ago truck drivers filed a California wage lawsuit against J.B. Hunt Transport, an Arkansas trucking company, claiming the company violated California's wages, rest break and meal rules. Since that time, the class action lawsuit has been the subject of recent debates over when – and whether-- federal rules regarding driver work should pre-empt state regulations.
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Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup

Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup November 5, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA Cosmetics retailer, Sephora, has recently found itself embroiled in several California unpaid wages lawsuits. The allegations are similar from lawsuit to lawsuit, and so are the plaintiffs’ evidentiary problems.
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Tennessee Minimum Wage Too Low for Many

Tennessee Minimum Wage Too Low for Many October 22, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Nashville, TN: Although the Tennessee economy is doing well with record low unemployment rates, employers in the hospitality industry are having a difficult time attracting workers due to the state’s minimum wage, which is also a common Tennessee labor law issue.
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Victory for Tipped Employees -- Bad News for Tennessee Based Restaurant Chain

Victory for Tipped Employees -- Bad News for Tennessee Based Restaurant Chain October 18, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Nashville, TN: The Ninth Circuit gave the green light last month for bartenders and servers to sue restaurants--including a Tennessee based chain-- for allegedly underpaying them regarding tipping, a violation of the federal and Tennessee labor law. The cases were consolidated on appeal as Marsh v. J. Alexander’s and remanded for further proceedings.
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