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Musk Accused of Cheating Twitter Execs out of Severance Pay

Musk Accused of Cheating Twitter Execs out of Severance Pay May 23, 2024. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On March 4, former Twitter executives Parag Agrawal, Ned Segal, Vijaya Gadde and Sean Edgett filed an ERISA lawsuit against Elon Musk and X Corp. (f/k/a/ Twitter) alleging that Musk and X Corp. had failed to pay severance benefits as required by the provisions of the law and the plan documents. The four argue that they are owed a combined $128 million in severance pay.
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Legal Analysis: McDonald’s Fails to Overturn $6,000 Judgment

Legal Analysis: McDonald’s Fails to Overturn $6,000 Judgment May 22, 2024. By LAS Staff Writer.
Euclid, OH In a notable legal battle involving a giant fast-food corporation, McDonald's faced a significant setback when a court refused to overturn a $6,000 judgment against it. This case arose from a distressing incident where Ursula Washington Russell was assaulted by an employee while at a McDonald’s drive-through in Euclid, Ohio. The ramifications of this case highlight crucial legal principles such as excusable neglect and the proper service of process, providing valuable lessons for businesses on handling legal notifications and internal procedures.

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Kanye "Ye" West Slapped with Two Discrimination lawsuits, and more

Kanye "Ye" West Slapped with Two Discrimination lawsuits, and more May 10, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Kanye “Ye” West is facing a California labor harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuit – and more allegations – filed by Trevor Phillips, a Black man and former employee. Phillips, who claims West is anti-black, also included the rapper’s Yeezy company and his Christian private school Donda Academy. And last week Ye was hit with a similar discrimination suit in California state court.
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Incarcerated People Work for Aramark Without Pay

ACLU Lawsuit: Incarcerated People Work for Aramark Without Pay May 8, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
Alameda County, CAThe California Supreme Court has ruled in the lawsuit Ruelas v. County of Alameda that the state’s minimum wage law does not apply to people working for private companies while they are held in pretrial detention in California’s jails. The California labor lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of people incarcerated at the Santa Rita Jail who worked without pay for “private company” Aramark, a $16 billion for-profit corporation that provides food in jails and prisons, and more.
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NYC Workers Can Sue for Safe and Sick Leave Violations

NYC Workers Can Sue for Safe and Sick Leave Violations May 6, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
New York City, NY Earlier this year, New York City enacted a law that amends the city's Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA) from 2014. Under Int. 0563-2022, “any person" has a private right of action to file New York lawsuits in court within two years of learning of an alleged violation. The law took effect in March, 2024.
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The Right to Disconnect

The Right to Disconnect May 2, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CAA California State Assemblymember has introduced a bill which will give an office worker the “right to disconnect” from the boss after working hours. If passed, Bill AB 2751 would be the first law of this nature in the U.S., which is already in effect in several countries across the pond. (New York City didn’t adopt a similar proposal in 2018). And it would likely have tech companies up in arms.
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Maryland Orders Employer to Fork Over Missed Contributions to 401k Plan

Maryland Orders Employer to Fork Over Missed Contributions to 401k Plan April 22, 2024. By Anne Wallace.
Baltimore, MD On February 1, 2022, the District Court of Maryland ordered Bicallis LLC and its owner, Bryan Hill to restore missing contributions to the Bicallis 401(k) Plan. Bicallis was a Baltimore-based logistics, engineering and management support services company with 25 employees. The contributions were owed to the pension plan under the law and the express terms of the plan.
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Tesla Racism Lawsuit Settles for $3.2 million

Tesla Racism Lawsuit Settles for $3.2 million April 12, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Tesla and former Black sub-contractor Owen Diaz have finally settled a California labor racial harassment lawsuit. The settlement ends a long-running battle over how much Tesla would pay Diaz after getting one of the largest awards in a U.S. employment discrimination case overturned.
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No More Free Security Checks in California

No More Free Security Checks in California April 10, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA In a recent California Supreme Court ruling, a worker’s time spent on an employer’s premises undergoing security checks is compensable as hours worked, but time spent driving from the security gate to the parking lot does not qualify as “hours worked”. This California labor law decision emphasizes that the extent of employer control is what mainly defines the classification of "hours worked."
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Phillips 66 in $46.5 million Wage Dispute

Phillips 66 in $46.5 million Wage Dispute April 8, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA  Phillips 66 Co. and refinery workers duked it out before a California federal judge on March 14 over meal-break and time-rounding policies. Workers claims that Phillips automatically deducted 30-minute break periods from hundreds of workers' pay add up to $46.5 million in violation of California labor law.
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