Canon USA Inc. has sued a former employee for allegedly revealing the company's trade secrets and other proprietary information to rival Ricoh Co. Ltd.'s subsidiary Ikon Office Solutions Inc. in violation of a confidentiality agreement.
A group of women who lost their jobs at Citigroup Inc. as part of mass layoffs in November have filed class charges of sex discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming the bank used the economic downturn as an excuse to fire women employees.
A delivery driver has filed a putative class action accusing DHL Express (USA) Inc. of failing to properly compensate workers for overtime and meal expenses in violation of federal and state laws.
The former general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers has slammed the National Basketball Association, the team, Clippers owner Donald Sterling and management agent Richard Andy Roeser with a lawsuit, accusing the parties of race and age discrimination and unlawful retaliation.
Perkins Coie LLP has filed suit against a former intellectual property associate as the law firm seeks to recover more than $30,000 it says it lent to him for tuition and expenses while he was in law school in 2007.
Time-share manager Westgate Resorts Inc. has been slapped with a pair of proposed class actions alleging that it failed to pay employees overtime.
Clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. has been hit with another putative class action, this one by sales associates who claim that the company has failed to pay them overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Dynamic random access memory maker Qimonda AG and its U.S. units have been slammed with a putative class action filed by former factory employees who claim the company violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act by failing to give them proper notice before shutting its Virginia plant.
Alleging that the insurers have systematically shorted both patients and physicians by using massaged cost data, a consortium of doctors led by the American Medical Association has filed putative class actions against Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp. under antitrust and racketeering laws, as well as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
A former U.S.-based employee of Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co. has filed a proposed class action against the company, alleging that it discriminates against non-Asian employees in compensation and promotion.
A Bank of America Corp. employee has filed one of a number of proposed class actions alleging the company failed to properly assess the risks of its mergers last year with Countrywide Financial Corp. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. and should not have encouraged its workers to invest their retirement savings in the company's poorly performing stock.
A putative class of assistant managers has sued CVS Caremark Corp., accusing the national drugstore chain of willful and widespread violations of federal labor laws over the past three years.
DHL Express, a division of global shipping giant DHL International GmbH, is facing a purported collective action brought by a mail worker accusing the company of failing to pay wages and overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Pennsylvania labor laws.
The Boston Globe has been accused of labor law violations in a purported class action by mail room workers who say they were deprived of breaks and were not paid the corresponding overtime compensation they should have received.
Two former Comerica Bank employees in Detroit have hit the financial institution with a collective action alleging that the bank willfully and intentionally failed to pay the workers at a higher rate for overtime during the last three years.
Smith Barney has accused a former office manager of poaching more than half the financial advisers at its Marlton, N.J., branch office for a rival firm, in violation of an employment agreement.
Newspaper delivery carriers have filed a purported class action against media giant The McClatchy Co., accusing the company of misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of employees and failing to pay them full wages, overtime pay and a variety of other benefits, in violation of California labor laws.
A staffing agency has taken a bitter feud with Godiva Chocolatier Inc. to the court, alleging that the chocolate giant terminated a long-standing contract because too many of the agency's temporary employees were Hispanic or black.
Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay is under a different sort of spotlight now that servers at his New York restaurants have filed a purported collective action claiming they have been cheated out of wages and tips in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York labor laws.
A former Starbucks store manager in Florida has slapped the coffee giant with a purported collective action accusing it of misclassifying store managers as exempt employees and failing to pay them overtime compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Used properly, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act can help alleviate the concerns companies have about sensitive electronically stored information being improperly accessed and used by employees, say Audra A. Dial and Daniel G. Schulof of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
New York's new Wage Theft Prevention Act, which becomes effective on April 9, modifies numerous sections of the New York Labor Law and imposes new record-keeping and notice obligations on virtually every company that employs people in the state, say Barbara E. Hoey and Gary D. Shapiro of Littler Mendelson PC.
There's no better time than Valentine’s Day to consider whether your workplace is prepared to handle the slings and arrows of love, says Enzo Der Boghossian of Proskauer Rose LLP.
Last year was a busy year for employment litigation, and in many cases the courts offered practical tips for employers to navigate the maze of state and federal employment laws governing the workplace, say Joel Patrick Schroeder, Anne P. Zorn and Nicole Truso of Faegre & Benson LLP.
Much attention has been focused of late on the government’s recent use of wiretaps in high-profile insider-trading and FCPA cases. Wiretaps can produce powerful evidence, but to get it the government is required to jump through a number of procedural hoops, any one of which can create an opening for a defendant later seeking to suppress that evidence. This article will examine some of those hoops, say Timothy P. Crudo and Nicholas Y. Lin of Latham & Watkins LLP.
Outside of Michigan, the District of Columbia, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, weight by itself is not yet a protected class. Nevertheless, disability discrimination is illegal, and thus, to the extent that obesity constitutes a physical impairment that has a substantial limitation on a major life activity, employers must be careful to avoid discrimination on such ground, says Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni of Fenwick & West LLP.
As demonstrated by the recent storms that stranded travelers across the country, winter is in full swing. In dealing with disruptions caused by heavy rain, sleet and snow, employers also should prepare themselves to handle weather-related payroll issues, like whether or not they owe their employees reporting time pay on days they are forced to close, says Christopher Kaczmarek of Liltter Mendelson PC.
The key to properly preserving electronically stored information is to plan ahead. Waiting until litigation is actually filed risks losing evidence that can win your case or, potentially, result in sanctions for spoliation — risks that are not worth taking, say Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy and Angela R. Fox of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is concerned that the use of credit histories in hiring decisions may have an adverse impact on minorities and is increasing scrutiny of employers who include credit checks in their hiring processes. There are, however, several steps that employers can take to mitigate their legal liability from the use of credit histories, says Stephen G. Bronars of Welch Consulting.
Once a startup has finally reached the stage at which a significant investor is required and that investor starts to kick the tires, company founders are often surprised to find that they haven't been compensating their employees properly. The most common compensation pitfalls can be avoided by vigilant management, says David R. Lagasse of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC.