LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
Employment Legal News Articles & Interviews
October 18, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Delta Airlines asks Supreme Court to review California Wage Protections for Airline Workers ]
Washington, DC On September 9, Delta Airlines, Inc. asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review decisions by the Ninth Circuit and preceding lower courts in Oman v. Delta Airlines, Inc. The Oman decisions recognize the generous protections of the California Labor Code for airline employees based in California.
October 12, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Former Nursing School Employees fired for Retaliation or Competition? ]
Los Angeles, CA Two former nursing school professors whose California wrongful dismissal lawsuit claims they were fired in retaliation for helping students alleging sexual harassment asked for $55 million and settled for $1.4 million. Pastor Gregory Johnson (accused of sexually inappropriate behavior) and the American University of Health Sciences denied the allegations and claimed the profs were fired after failing to cooperate with the nursing school’s investigation into their plans to start a competing school.
October 10, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ A Loss and a Win (Sort of) for GrubHub Drivers ]
San Francisco, CA On September 20, the Ninth Circuit partially dismissed, partially upheld and remanded back to the District Court a GrubHub driver’s claim that he was owed back wages and other remedies under the California Labor Code and related wage orders. Raef Lawson v. Grubhub is a complicated decision, but there is some positive news for gig workers who allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors.
October 8, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Smokers Claim They Were Overcharged for Health Insurance Premiums ]
Kansas City, MO On September 24 in Lipari-Williams v. Missouri Gaming Co., the District Court for the Western District of Missouri put off a decision about whether to grant class action certification to a group of casino workers who allege that they were overcharged for their health coverage based on their tobacco use. Their wage and benefit plan lawsuit alleges that the premium surcharge assessed under Argosy Riverside Casino’s insurance plan did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The court granted certification to workers who brought wage claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Missouri state law but held off on the ERISA claims.
October 5, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Will Pot Company Cresco Lawsuit Go Up in Smoke? ]
Santa Clara, CA Cresco Labs, the cannabis and medical marijuana company, has been slammed with a lawsuit filed under California's Private Attorneys General Act, alleging it didn’t pay workers for time spent “donning and doffing” – putting on and taking off—personal protective equipment required by the multi-state pot company. Every minute counts with the California Labor Code, but can workers be protected from a federally illegal business?
October 4, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ $95.7 Wells Fargo Settlement Offer in Question as Objector Raises New Issues ]
San Jose, CA On September 23, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard objections to a $95.7 million offer made by Wells Fargo to settle consolidated class action lawsuits brought by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultants (HMCs). The lawsuits allege that the bank violated California state labor laws by failing to either provide or pay for rest breaks for its HMCs.
October 1, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Ohio Cannabis Workers Sue for Unpaid Wages ]
Cleveland, OH On September 14, the Northern District of Ohio granted conditional certification to a group of hemp workers in Tenita Bryant v. North Coast Natural Solutions, LLC. The employees may now move one step farther along in their pursuit of unpaid wages claims against a collection of related hemp enterprises that did business as AgeVital Pharmacy. Their lawsuit alleges violations of both the federal Fair Labor Standards Ace (FLSA) and the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act (OMFWSA).
September 30, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional by California Judge ]
Alameda County, CA Sections of Proposition 22—which went into effect last November-- are in violation of California’s constitution and therefore unenforceable, ruled an Alameda County Superior Court Judge. The ruling has gig economy investors worried and California labor advocates jubilant.
September 22, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ PFAS Breast Cancer Lawsuit and PFAS Links to Breast Cancer ]
Charleston, SC A Maryland woman in August filed a PFAS lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina claiming she developed breast cancer as a result of drinking water contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals for years.
September 20, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Arsenic Poisoning at Montana Super Fund Site ]
Butte, MT U.S. Minerals, Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and to pay a criminal penalty of $393,200. The mining company has also agreed to a medical monitoring program for current and former employees who have been exposed to elevated levels of arsenic. Employees who take advantage of the medical monitoring program will not forfeit their right to pursue civil lawsuits, including unpaid wages claims, as the facts dictate. In addition, U.S. Minerals has also offered to settle a civil lawsuit brought by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for $106,800.
- “Quit or Die, N----r,” Read the Note By Anne Wallace (Sep-17-21)
- California Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace By Jane Mundy (Sep-10-21)
- NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work By Anne Wallace (Sep-8-21)
- Participants Sue $1.52 Billion Baptist Health South Plan for Wasting Retirement Savings By Anne Wallace (Sep-6-21)
- McDonald’s Employees “Treated Like Dogs” Reach Settlement By Jane Mundy (Sep-3-21)
- California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19 Sick Leave By Jane Mundy (Sep-2-21)
- CVS to Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $10.4 Million By Anne Wallace (Aug-31-21)
- Maine First to Enact Ban on Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) By Jane Mundy (Aug-26-21)
- YUM! Brands Recruiter Files ERISA Lawsuit over Misclassification By Anne Wallace (Aug-16-21)
- Drivers’ PAGA Claims Survive Postmates’ Arbitration Challenge By Anne Wallace (Aug-13-21)
- Washington Football Team to Pay $10 Million Plus Legal Fees to End Sexual Harassment Claims By Anne Wallace (Aug-12-21)
- Uber and Lyft Drivers Strike, California Misclassification Lawsuit Drags On By Jane Mundy (Aug-10-21)
- Minor League Baseball Players Sue for Unpaid California Wages By Anne Wallace (Aug-9-21)
- SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Aug-2-21)
- ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million By Anne Wallace (Jul-30-21)
- Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke? By Jane Mundy (Jul-28-21)
- Creeping Data Collection at Family Dollar, Dollar Tree By Anne Wallace (Jul-23-21)
- Uber’s Ratings System Racist? By Jane Mundy (Jul-22-21)
- ERISA Lawsuit Alleges DuPont Underpaid Retirees By Anne Wallace (Jul-21-21)
- Magistrate Recommends Certification of Some Classes in Amazon Wage Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-15-21)
- City National Bank Sued for Whistleblower Retaliation in California Court By Jane Mundy (Jul-13-21)
- Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Out of “Wage-Fixing” Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-12-21)
- Jander ERISA Lawsuit Settles, but Leaves Questions By Anne Wallace (Jul-9-21)
- Entry-Level Manager Sues Amazon for Misclassification By Anne Wallace (Jul-6-21)
- Ninth Circuit Reverses $102 Million Wage Penalty against Walmart By Anne Wallace (Jun-24-21)
- Air Force Veteran Files Kidney Cancer Lawsuit Citing Firefighting Foam By Anne Wallace (Jun-22-21)
- Nike to Settle Bag Check Lawsuit for $8.25 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-16-21)
- Participants Sue Bronson Healthcare Plan over Inclusion of Fidelity Freedom Fund By Anne Wallace (Jun-14-21)
- Ecolab to Settle Overtime Lawsuit for $2.55 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-11-21)
- California Supreme Court to Rule on Rest and Meal Premium Payments By Anne Wallace (Jun-8-21)
- In-N-Out Burger Accused of California Labor Violations By Jane Mundy (Jun-7-21)
- Kaiser Permanente settles two race discrimination class-action lawsuits totaling $18.9 million By Jane Mundy (Jun-4-21)
- Bank of America Settles California Labor Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (May-28-21)
- One Fair Wage Slams Darden Restaurants’ Wage Practices By Anne Wallace (May-24-21)
- ERISA Lawsuit against the University of Miami Cites Excessive Fees By Anne Wallace (May-17-21)
- Cannabis Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Pushes Policy By Anne Wallace (May-13-21)
- KImberly-Clark 401k ERISA lawsuit Alleges Excessive Costs By Anne Wallace (May-10-21)
- Drillers’ Unpaid Wage Claim Gets Conditional Class Certification By Anne Wallace (May-6-21)
- Production Worker Sues Sporting Goods Retailer for Overtime, COVID-19 Testing By Anne Wallace (Apr-26-21)
- Ninth Circuit Asked to Require Hotel to Rehire Workers with Back Pay and Damages By Anne Wallace (Apr-20-21)