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Former Amazon Worker Launches Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Over Security Checks

Former Amazon Worker Launches Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Over Security Checks October 19, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Hazelton, PA An Unpaid Wages lawsuit has hit the venerable online retail giant Amazon, in the wake of anti-theft policies observed by Amazon that keep employees in the building for several minutes at a time, after they have clocked out for the day. The practice, or so it is alleged, requires workers to wait around on their own time at the company’s behest, without remuneration.
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Massive Call Center Lawsuit Granted Conditional Status As Class Action

Massive Call Center Lawsuit Granted Conditional Status As Class Action October 18, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Minneapolis, MN The apparent skirting of overtime pay laws that appears as work performed off the clock has rarely seen a bigger challenge than that of plaintiffs who have launched a class-action lawsuit against one of the nation’s leading call centers. According to various legal briefs, there could be as many as 51,021 potential class members.
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Was Washington Whistleblower’s Layoff Retaliation?

Was Washington Whistleblower’s Layoff Retaliation? October 15, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Hanford, WA A Washington state man who maintained a 44-year career with URS Corp. was one of five employees laid off from the firm due to apparent budgetary constraints. However, Walter Tamosaitis wonders if the loss of his job after so many years reaches back to previous concerns he raised with his former employer over safety and design issues at the plant where he was based. Was his layoff retaliation, and thus an affront to Washington State Employment Laws?
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Donning and Doffing: Dress on Your Time or California Overtime?

Donning and Doffing: Dress on Your Time or California Overtime? October 10, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA A large number of the workforce - from cops to meat packers - spend time each day donning and doffing, i.e., time spent each day dressing in protective gear or work-related clothing and later removing it all before going home. There is also a growing number of California overtime lawsuits filed by disgruntled workers who claim they should be paid donning and doffing overtime.
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Arkansas Attorney General Launches Internet Payday Loans Lawsuit

Arkansas Attorney General Launches Internet Payday Loans Lawsuit October 9, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Little Rock, AR The battle lines are drawn between the state of Arkansas and the operator(s) of an Internet payday loans organization which, according to its website, suspended operations in late summer. At issue are the provisions of Internet payday loans that have been known to carry interest rates as high as 342 percent, and whether or not the company can legally claim tribal immunity based on its ownership and management.
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Ohio Restaurant Sued in Support of Ohio Employment Law

Ohio Restaurant Sued in Support of Ohio Employment Law October 7, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Orrville, OH The very least an employee can expect from a reputable employer is to be fairly paid for all hours worked, including overtime. Such an expectation is firmly entrenched in the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as Ohio Labor Laws. However, the existence of such legal guidance did not appear to deter an Ohio restaurant owner from denying employees what was rightfully theirs.
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Celebrity’s Nanny Sues for California Overtime – California Nanny Law Update

Celebrity’s Nanny Sues for California Overtime – California Nanny Law Update October 5, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA A former nanny for Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has filed a California overtime lawsuit against the celebrity. The suit comes just a few months before California enacts its ‘Nanny Law’ (Bill AB 241), which will entitle domestic workers to overtime pay of time-and-a-half if they work more than nine hours a day.
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New York Wrongful Termination Results in Lawsuits

New York Wrongful Termination Results in Lawsuits October 4, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
New York, NY Although New York is an at-will employment state, there are circumstances in which an employee can file a New York wrongful termination lawsuit. If an employee has been fired for discriminatory reasons, for example, he or she could allege violations of federal and New York employment law. A New York wrongful employment termination lawsuit could result in financial recovery for the plaintiff, as well as reinstatement to the job position.
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ERISA Lawsuit Nets $30 Million Settlement

ERISA Lawsuit Nets $30 Million Settlement October 2, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Chicago, IL Companies that offer ERISA plans such as employee stock options plans and benefits plans must be careful about how much they charge in fees to plan participants. ERISA plan fiduciaries that charge outrageous fees and administration costs to participants could face a lawsuit, similar to the one recently settled by International Paper.
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One Strike You’re Out: Wrongful Termination

One Strike You’re Out: Wrongful Termination October 1, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Rialto, CA Juan believes he was wrongfully terminated: he didn’t show up for work one day because he was in jail - a situation obviously out of his control. His employer fired Juan because he was “unreliable” but he had never even been late for work. Is that fair?
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