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Employment Legal News Articles & Interviews
August 2, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ SkyWest Flight Attendants File Rest and Meal Break California Lawsuit ]
Sacramento, CA SkyWest flight attendants are proceeding with their meal and rest break proposed class action after a California judge rejected the airline’s argument that federal regulations governing the airline industry preempt their claims.
July 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million ]
San Francisco, CA On July 8, ABM Industries entered into a written agreement to settle the consolidated lawsuits, ABM Industries Overtime Cases (also known as the “Bucio case”), pending in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Filed in 2006, the lawsuits allege that ABM’s prior timekeeping and payment practices shortchanged as many as 50,000 janitorial employees in violation of the California Labor Code. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, ABM will pay a total sum of $140 million to resolve all claims. The settlement remains subject to court approval.
July 28, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke? ]
Washington, DC The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently reported that the price tag to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from nearly 700 military bases nationwide will probably exceed -- and cost taxpayers-- $2.1 billion. According to the Department of Defense (DOD) that price is up from $1.1 billion last year.
July 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Creeping Data Collection at Family Dollar, Dollar Tree ]
Chicago, IL Family Dollar collected Mantrise Herron’s fingerprints without her permission in apparent violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). BIPA is a privacy-protection law, and Herron v. Family Dollar Inc. is a class action privacy protection lawsuit. But privacy is increasingly a luxury for the well-heeled and well-informed. The rubber hits the road when privacy concerns become unpaid wages claims or employment discrimination lawsuits. This is where many workers begin. Let us also begin at the beginning….
July 22, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Uber’s Ratings System Racist? ]
San Francisco, CA A former Uber driver claims in a California labor lawsuit that he was terminated due to poor ratings from passengers and the ride-sharing app’s star-based ratings system is racist. San Francisco U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria somewhat agrees, at least at the pleading stage, saying that “the inference that Uber’s practice is racially discriminatory is … strong.”
July 21, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ ERISA Lawsuit Alleges DuPont Underpaid Retirees ]
Wilmington, DE M.P. Moon will have another chance to persuade a Delaware federal court that DuPont and its corporate predecessors and successors cheated him and similarly situated retirees of thousands of dollars in pension benefits. His ERISA lawsuit describes years of misinformation, followed by internal procedural rules that protected DuPont from the necessity of correcting its own error.
July 15, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Magistrate Recommends Certification of Some Classes in Amazon Wage Lawsuit ]
Sacramento, CA On June 8, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe recommended that the Eastern District of California certify several classes of plaintiffs in Trevino v. Golden State FC LLC. In Trevino, workers at various Amazon fulfillment centers alleged that the internet retail giant had violated the California Labor Code by failing to pay wages due for regular and overtime hours worked and provide required meal and rest periods. The lawsuit sought class action certification for groups of similarly situated workers who could number in the hundreds of thousands and who worked at 50 California facilities. The Magistrate determined, however, that the claims of some workers were too individualized to merit inclusion in a class action lawsuit.
July 13, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ City National Bank Sued for Whistleblower Retaliation in California Court ]
Los Angeles, CA A former senior vice president for City National Bank, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, alleges he was fired because of whistleblower retaliation and in violation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which allows California employees to sue their employers in federal court if the employer wrongfully terminates or retaliates against them for reporting potential unlawful conduct
July 12, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Out of “Wage-Fixing” Lawsuit ]
Baltimore, MD Pilgrim’s Pride Group, one of many poultry processors/defendants, has agreed to settle out of Jien v. Perdue Farms Inc. for $29 million and an agreement to cooperate against the remaining defendants. Rather than proceeding as an unpaid wages claim, Jien was brought as an antitrust case under the Sherman Act. The Sherman Act prohibits anticompetitive practices and has been used recently to protect wages. For workers, the effect of “wage-fixing” across an industry is very like the effect of failing to pay legally-required wages. Exploited workers, doing dangerous jobs, live at or near poverty.
July 9, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Jander ERISA Lawsuit Settles, but Leaves Questions ]
New York, NY Jander v. Retirement Plans Committee of IBM, a long-running employee stock ownership lawsuit, settled on April 2, 2021 for $4.75 million. The attorneys who represented the retirement plan participants have now requested $1.4 million in fees for the latest Supreme Court phase of the case. In deciding whether to approve the fee, the Southern District of New York will consider the time and effort the lawyers expended.
- 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)
- Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-15-21)
- Did Detroit Edison Mislead Retirees about Benefits? By Anne Wallace (Apr-13-21)
- 7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners? By Jane Mundy (Apr-8-21)
- Insurer May Renew Defense in Tangled ESOP Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Apr-2-21)
- City of LaCrosse sues 3M Company over PFAS Water Contamination By Anne Wallace (Mar-30-21)
- Claims of Rampant Gender Wage Discrimination at Disney By Anne Wallace (Mar-23-21)
- Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks By Anne Wallace (Mar-17-21)
- Federal Court Okays Class Action Status for 401k Mismanagement Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Mar-15-21)
- California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Targets Walmart COVID Screening By Anne Wallace (Mar-8-21)
- Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-21)
- San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims By Anne Wallace (Feb-26-21)
- Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft By Anne Wallace (Feb-23-21)
- Firefighting Foam $17.5M Settlement a “Huge Milestone” By Jane Mundy (Feb-16-21)
- Labor Commissioner files $1.3 million California unpaid wages lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Feb-12-21)
- California Supreme Court Says Proposition 22 is a Done Deal By Jane Mundy (Feb-11-21)
- California “New” Hero Pay for Grocery Workers Backfires By Jane Mundy (Feb-10-21)
- Northern District of Illinois Nixes Mandatory Arbitration in ERISA Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Feb-8-21)
- Terminations Main Reason for COVID-19 Workplace-Related Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Jan-31-21)
- Forever Waiting for EPA’s Limits on PFAS “Forever Chemicals” By Jane Mundy (Jan-27-21)
- California Poultry Processor Slapped with TRO By Anne Wallace (Jan-26-21)
- California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine By Jane Mundy (Jan-21-21)
- “Do I Have a Firefighting Foam or Contaminated Water Lawsuit?” PFAS Contamination Lawyer Weighs In By Jane Mundy (Jan-20-21)
- Walgreens Wages and Waste Settlements By Jane Mundy (Jan-19-21)