Legal News Articles - Employment
October 19, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Former Amazon Worker Launches Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Over Security Checks ]
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.
October 18, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Massive Call Center Lawsuit Granted Conditional Status As Class Action ]
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.
October 15, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Was Washington Whistleblower’s Layoff Retaliation? ]
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?
October 10, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Donning and Doffing: Dress on Your Time or California Overtime? ]
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.
October 9, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Arkansas Attorney General Launches Internet Payday Loans Lawsuit ]
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.
October 7, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Ohio Restaurant Sued in Support of Ohio Employment Law ]
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.
October 5, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Celebrity’s Nanny Sues for California Overtime – California Nanny Law Update ]
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.
October 4, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Read [ New York Wrongful Termination Results in Lawsuits ]
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.
October 2, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Read [ ERISA Lawsuit Nets $30 Million Settlement ]
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.
October 1, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ One Strike You’re Out: Wrongful Termination ]
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?
- California Overtime Lawsuit Granted Class-Action Status By Heidi Turner (Sep-30-13)
- AB 241 Would Bring Overtime Pay to Nannies By Gordon Gibb (Sep-24-13)
- Internet Payday Loans: A Lavish Lifestyle Funded by Fleecing Innocent Consumers By Gordon Gibb (Sep-22-13)
- Donning and Doffing Case Goes to Wisconsin Plaintiffs on Appeal By Gordon Gibb (Sep-16-13)
- Internet Payday Loan Companies Under Attack by Regulators By Heidi Turner (Sep-13-13)
- California Overtime—Yes, Travel Time Counts By Jane Mundy (Sep-12-13)
- Former Administrator Sues for Wrongful Termination in Washington State By Gordon Gibb (Sep-11-13)
- ERISA Lawsuit Results in $3 Million Settlement By Heidi Turner (Sep-8-13)
- Former Hempstead District Employee to Sue for New York Wrongful Termination By Gordon Gibb (Sep-2-13)
- Overtime Lawsuit Results in $2.2 Million to Plaintiffs By Heidi Turner (Aug-31-13)
- Former Deputy Fights California Wrongful Termination By Gordon Gibb (Aug-29-13)
- Regulators Looking at Banks’ Roles in Internet Payday Loans By Heidi Turner (Aug-27-13)
- Nurse Files Suit against Massachusetts General Hospital By LAS Staff Writer (Aug-26-13)
- Lawsuit Filed Over California Insurance By Heidi Turner (Aug-25-13)
- Is Donning and Doffing the Sleeper Unpaid Wages Issue of Our Times? By Gordon Gibb (Aug-24-13)
- Number of California Social Workers Suing for Overtime Pay Could Rise By Gordon Gibb (Aug-24-13)
- Fired Nurse Launches Ohio Employment Lawsuit By Gordon Gibb (Aug-17-13)
- California Overtime Law: Money Earned Is Money Earned By Heidi Turner (Aug-16-13)
- Maxim Healthcare Facing Second Unpaid Overtime Class Action Lawsuit By Lucy Campbell (Aug-13-13)
- New York State Cracks Down on Illegal Internet Payday Loans By Gordon Gibb (Aug-11-13)
- Firing “At-Will” Not the End of the Story By Heidi Turner (Aug-8-13)
- Home Health Care Workers Qualify for California Overtime By Jane Mundy (Aug-8-13)
- ERISA Lawsuits Filed following Striking of DOMA By Heidi Turner (Aug-2-13)
- Apple Faces California Overtime Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Aug-1-13)
- Oil & Gas Workers Win Wage & Hour Back Pay Victory By Lucy Campbell (Jul-31-13)
- New Wage and Hour Law Passed By Lucy Campbell (Jul-29-13)
- Internet Payday Loan Companies Accused of Hiding behind Immunity By Gordon Gibb (Jul-29-13)
- Pending Trial a Test for California Wrongful Termination Law By Gordon Gibb (Jul-24-13)
- 588 Hours and Nothing to Show for It By Gordon Gibb (Jul-21-13)
- Virginia Files Internet Payday Loans Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Jul-19-13)
- Employee of Kentucky Government Files Employment Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Jul-18-13)
- California Overtime Lawsuit Settled By Heidi Turner (Jul-14-13)
- Egress and Regress, Donning and Doffing: Employees Working Off the Clock By Heidi Turner (Jul-11-13)
- When a Contract Is Terminated, Is There California Wrongful Termination? By Jane Mundy (Jul-11-13)
- Oregon Labor Rules Better Than Most, but Complaints Remain By Gordon Gibb (Jul-5-13)
- Morality Clause at Issue in Ohio Labor Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Jul-4-13)
- ERISA Does Not Automatically Provide Awards for Attorney’s Fees By Heidi Turner (Jul-3-13)
- Internet Payday Loan Companies Under Fire for Unethical Practices By Heidi Turner (Jun-30-13)
- DOMA Ruling Affects ERISA By Heidi Turner (Jun-29-13)
- Wage and Overtime Violations More Widespread Than Thought By Heidi Turner (Jun-29-13)