SEIU Defeats Cert. Bid In Bias Suit By Hispanic Janitors

Law360, New York (April 11, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a class of thousands of Hispanic janitors who claim local leadership of the Service Employees International Union denied them job advancement, equal training and other benefits.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said the janitors' proposal to certify a class consisting of every Hispanic member of SEIU Local 87 since 2003 was overreaching, given the limited evidence supplied by the plaintiffs.

“While the [claims] contain anecdotal allegations describing a pattern of systematic and overt discriminatory conduct by the...
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