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July 6, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Can my Employer Cut my Health Benefits after I Retire? ]
Rochester, NY Vollmer v. Xerox Corp., an ERISA lawsuit pending in the Western District of New York, raises a question that weighs heavily on the minds of many retirees. Can an employer offer a valuable incentive to encourage workers to retire and then unilaterally change the deal after the employee is out the door?
June 30, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Amazon Faces Class Action for Not Covering COVID Work-From-Home Expenses ]
Santa Cruz, CA A federal judge ruled last month that an Amazon employee can go ahead with a class action lawsuit seeking to recoup expenses while working from home during the COVID pandemic. Although California labor law requires employers to reimburse employees for all work-related expenses, Amazon argued that the government told workers to stay home. The class action could affect over 4,000 employees working for the tech company at 12 different California locations.
California Attorney General Supports Washington State’s Ruling that GEO owes Detainees Minimum Wages
June 28, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ California Attorney General Supports Washington State’s Ruling that GEO owes Detainees Minimum Wages ]
Santa Clara, CA California's attorney general has taken the lead in supporting Washington State’s decision to enforce minimum wage laws, which includes GEO, a private prison company that, since at least 2005, has paid thousands of detainee workers $1 per day for labor that is necessary to keep its facility operational. The private prison company has appealed a Washington district court ruling that it owes back pay to detainees.
June 23, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Does Workers Compensation Cover Heart Attack? ]
Santa Clara, CA Many Americans, particularly those with heart conditions, have good reason to ask whether they are eligible for Worker’s Compensation if they suffer a heart attack at work. Heart attacks are normally covered by state workers’ compensation laws but there are often many factors involved and you may wonder if a heart attack or stroke qualifies for worker's comp.
June 22, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Dell found Liable for Transgender Discrimination ]
New York, NY An arbitrator found that Dell Technologies discriminated against 61-year-old Cicilia Gilbert, a transgender employee by firing her during her gender transition, said Gilbert’s labor law attorney. According to Cicilia Gilbert’s lawsuit, the tech giant terminated her in the middle of her transition and a co-worker advised her not to come out of the closet.
June 20, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Whistleblower Outed Abbott Labs Two Years Before FDA Closed Sturgis Plant ]
Sturgis, MI Evidence of contaminated baby formula sounds like it should have been an “all-hands-on-deck” emergency for Abbott Laboratories and the Food and Drug Administration. Instead, it took the FDA nearly two years to send inspectors to the Sturgis, Michigan plant, where they found “shocking” conditions. By then two babies had died and several more had become ill. Had it not been for the dogged persistence of a whistleblower who filed federal and state OSHA complaints as well as an FDA complaint, the tainted formula could have hurt many more.
June 14, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Two men retaliated against for reporting sexual and racial harassment awarded $460 million ]
Los Angeles, CA Two former SoCal Edison employees who said they suffered retaliation at the Southern California utility after reporting sexual and racial harassment have been awarded more than $460 million by a Los Angeles County jury. Both punitive and compensatory awards have made history – the former is more than double of any previous employment verdict in U.S. history and the latter $22.37 million in compensatory damages for Martinez is believed to be one of the largest Fair Employment and Housing Act case in California labor law history.
June 13, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Equinox Employees Go Ahead with Three Class Actions ]
Los Angeles, CA Over 9,000 Equinox employees, including personal trainers and group fitness instructors, have been given the green light by a California federal judge to have their wage claims and other California labor laws resolved by three class actions rather than individually.
June 6, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Biden Administration and U.S. Solicitor General side with Airline Employee Rest and Meal breaks ]
Santa Clara, CA The Ninth Circuit decision ordering Virgin America to follow California’s meal and rest break law stands, and it’s backed by the Biden Administration. The U.S. solicitor general told the U.S. Supreme Court that federal regulations don't preempt the Golden State’s law.
June 1, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Minor League Baseball players and MLB Settle “Starvation” Wages Lawsuit ]
San Francisco, CA Minor league baseball players won’t have their day in court involving a minimum wage complaint that was filed eight years ago. The California labor trial was slated for June 1 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
- ERISA Lawsuit Alleges that ESOP Fiduciaries Cheated Participants By Anne Wallace (May-31-22)
- Matco Tools Settles California Misclassification Lawsuit for $15.8 Million By Anne Wallace (May-31-22)
- Oman v. Delta Airlines is Done. Virgin America v. Bernstein Looms on the Horizon By Anne Wallace (May-20-22)
- Flowers Foods and its Drivers Settle for a Lotta Dough By Jane Mundy (May-19-22)
- Longshore Act and Truckers Workers’ Comp Coverage By Jane Mundy (May-18-22)
- Plaintiffs Seek Recusal of Latest Judge in Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (May-16-22)
- Minor League Players “Chasing a Dream” Under Harsh Living Conditions By Jane Mundy (May-11-22)
- Alcoa Fights Retirees’ ERISA Lawsuit over Health Benefits Plan By Anne Wallace (May-10-22)
- Uber’s Petition to Arbitrate Driver’s Misclassification Complaint Denied By Jane Mundy (May-9-22)
- MLB Farm Team Players to Get Their Day in Court By Anne Wallace (May-6-22)
- Activision Blizzard To Settle for $18 million in Discrimination Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Apr-30-22)
- Teamsters Sue UPS for Pension and Welfare Contributions By Anne Wallace (Apr-30-22)
- Two Brooklyn Health Care Agencies Settle Fraud Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Apr-28-22)
- Long-Term Disability Attorney Discusses Long-COVID Disability Claims By Jane Mundy (Apr-27-22)
- Long Beach City College Allegedly Violated Minimum Wage Laws By Jane Mundy (Apr-26-22)
- Zumiez’s Proposed Settlement with Retail Employees By Jane Mundy (Apr-25-22)
- Mark Zuckerberg and wife Granted Arbitration in Unpaid Wages and Discrimination Claims By Jane Mundy (Apr-20-22)
- Retired Judge Discusses Workers’ Compensation Claims By Jane Mundy (Apr-19-22)
- Uber's $8 Million Calif. Driver Misclassification Deal Gets Green Light By Jane Mundy (Apr-11-22)
- $35M Walmart Wage Deal on the Shelf By Jane Mundy (Mar-30-22)
- Google Slammed with Another Discrimination Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Mar-24-22)
- Coca-Cola Bottler to Settle ERISA lawsuit for $3.5 Million By Anne Wallace (Mar-21-22)
- Peloton’s Bumpy Ride -- Employees File Wage and Hour Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Mar-11-22)
- Failure to Reimburse Remote Work Expenses Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Mar-10-22)
- California Brings Back COVID Paid Sick Leave By Jane Mundy (Mar-7-22)
- California Slams Tesla with Race Discrimination Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Mar-3-22)
- Actor Kevin Spacey Hasn’t Left the Building After $30 Million Arbitration Ruling By Jane Mundy (Feb-21-22)
- United Airlines Pilots and Flight Attendants Seek Summary Judgment in Pay Stub Fight By Anne Wallace (Feb-20-22)
- Female Walmart Driver Files Civil Rights Lawsuit over Discriminatory Uniform Policy By Anne Wallace (Feb-17-22)
- ERISA Lawsuit Nets Nearly $9.4 Million for Plan Participants By Anne Wallace (Feb-10-22)
- Apple’s Off-the Clock Bag Search Results In $30 million Settlement By Jane Mundy (Feb-9-22)
- See’s Candies Employee Can Sue for COVID Death, Rules Appeals Court By Jane Mundy (Jan-10-22)
- ERISA Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Subsidiary Gets Class Action Status By Anne Wallace (Jan-7-22)
- Pay Increases in 2022 for California’s Guest Farm Workers By Jane Mundy (Jan-5-22)
- Flowers Foods Leaves Bad Taste for Distributor Drivers By Jane Mundy (Dec-30-21)
- Bronson Healthcare to Settle Excessive Fee ERISA Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Dec-29-21)
- Unions and Musicians Poised to Settle Royalty Lawsuit for $8 Million By Anne Wallace (Dec-28-21)
- Starbucks Faces Age Discrimination Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Dec-26-21)
- University of Miami to Settle ERISA Lawsuit for $1.85 Million By Anne Wallace (Dec-23-21)
- Supreme Court Asks Solicitor General for Brief in California Trucking Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Dec-20-21)