Employment

  • July 27, 2016

    Sedgwick Partner Sues Firm Over Gender Discrimination

    A nonequity partner at Sedgwick LLP filed a proposed class action against the firm on Tuesday, accusing the firm of gender-based discrimination and alleging the firm's all-male leadership team denied her and other women attorneys equal pay and promotions.

  • July 27, 2016

    DOD Retaliated Over 'Zero Dark Thirty' Report, Official Says

    The official responsible for overseeing federal intelligence whistleblower claims has filed a complaint alleging he was retaliated against for efforts in his former role at a Pentagon watchdog to report improprieties by then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta related to the film "Zero Dark Thirty," according to a media report Tuesday.

  • July 25, 2016

    Mass Tort Atty Says Firm CEO Bought Plane, Skipped Bonuses

    A former Bailey & Galyen attorney sued the firm in Houston state court Friday alleging he was shorted on agreed-upon bonuses for bringing in mass tort cases while the firm’s CEO lived large by buying vacation homes and a plane with proceeds from their cases.

  • July 25, 2016

    Nuke Site Workers Launch Class Action Over Pensions

    A group of workers at the so-called Hanford Site for nuclear materials hit the government with a proposed class action lawsuit in Federal Claims court Monday accusing the U.S. Department of Energy of costing them pension payouts and other benefits when the contract they worked under changed hands.

  • July 25, 2016

    RadioShack Employees Want Prebankruptcy Vacation Wages

    California RadioShack workers said Friday in a putative class action that the company and its successor, General Wireless, are tuning out their requests for payment for vested vacation time, according to a complaint filed in the century-old retailer's Delaware bankruptcy case.

  • July 22, 2016

    Dr. Phil's Co. Sued Over Harassment, Hostile Workplace

    An executive assistant for Dr. Phil’s production company said he witnessed dozens of sexual interactions between his bosses and numerous women, saying the unwanted harassing conduct was so severe that it created a hostile work environment, according to a $5 million suit filed in Los Angeles on Friday.

  • July 22, 2016

    Calif. CVS Pharmacists Not Paid For Training, Suit Says

    A proposed class of pharmacists for CVS Pharmacy Inc. has sued the company in California state court, alleging that it failed to properly compensate regular and overtime wages for completing company-mandated training modules.

  • July 20, 2016

    Triangle Investor Sues Over Exec. Bonuses To Bankrupt Unit

    A shareholder and creditor of Triangle Petroleum Corp. launched a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit Wednesday alleging the energy company paid more than $7 million in bonuses to top executives for work they did for a bankrupt subsidiary even though, the investor claims, the parent is also insolvent.

  • July 20, 2016

    NYC Bistro Stole Tips To Pay Immigrant, Ex-Worker Says

    New York City restaurant Le Gigot was hit with a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging the French bistro violated state labor laws when the owners repeatedly took cash from a waiter's tips to pay an unauthorized immigrant busser working at the restaurant.

  • July 20, 2016

    EEOC Says Transgender Rent-A-Center Worker Unfairly Fired

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has hit Rent-A-Center East Inc. with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court alleging the company fired a transgender employee after she informed her supervisors that she intended to transition from male to female.

  • July 18, 2016

    Subcontractor Sabotage Cost $74M, Suit Says

    A military support company hit its subcontractor with a $74 million lawsuit Friday in Virginia federal court for allegedly sabotaging the company’s federal professional services contract, stealing trade secrets and poaching employees to win a rebid for the work.

  • July 15, 2016

    Ex-Manager Finagled New Visa Status, Stole Secrets, Suit Says

    An accounting firm sued a former manager in California federal court Thursday for more than $1 million, alleging he coerced a human resources employee to change his visa status and stole company trade secrets to launch a competitor with his wife.

  • July 14, 2016

    Ex-Warner Bros. Worker Sues Over Maternity Leave Firing

    A former Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. employee filed suit in California state court on Wednesday alleging she was denied a raise, and then fired, while on maternity leave, claiming the employer's action amounted to pregnancy discrimination.

  • July 14, 2016

    NY Fertility Clinic Hit With Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

    A former medical assistant at a Manhattan fertility clinic slapped the facility with a discrimination and wrongful firing suit in New York state court Thursday, saying she was harassed by a supervisor who wouldn’t let her take breaks and complained she spent too much time in the bathroom during her pregnancy.

  • July 13, 2016

    EEOC Says Rastafarian Cook Wrongly Fired Over Dreadlocks

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a suit in Florida federal court on Wednesday claiming that a hospitality company fired a Rastafarian cook at a Walt Disney World resort after he refused to cut his dreadlocks, which he attributed to his religion. 

  • July 12, 2016

    Men's Clothing Execs Accused Of Hostility To Women Workers

    The former chief marketing officer for a Dallas-based custom men’s clothing company filed suit in state court Monday alleging she had been subjected to hostile and sexist treatment by company executives and fired after complaining about being called old.

  • July 11, 2016

    OSHA Sued Over Drug-Test Limit In Accident Reporting Rule

    The National Association of Manufacturers, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. and similar groups sued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Texas federal court on Friday over the agency's workplace injury and illness reporting rule, saying the measure contains anti-retaliation provisions that go too far in limiting post-accident drug-testing.

  • July 11, 2016

    Texas Hospital Hits Kickapoo Tribe With $2M ERISA Suit

    The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, its health plan and two administrators conspired to defraud a Texas hospital company and violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by refusing to pay $2.1 million in medical benefits, according to a complaint filed Friday in federal court.

  • July 6, 2016

    EEOC Sues Bojangles Over Transgender Discrimination

    Chicken and biscuits chain Bojangles discriminated against a transgender woman when she was fired after complaining about being subjected to a hostile work environment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit filed in North Carolina federal court on Wednesday.

  • July 6, 2016

    Calif. Workers' Comp Payouts Biased By Gender, Suit Says

    California’s workers’ compensation system discriminates against women by paying them smaller claims than men receive, three California women and a state employee union argued Wednesday in proposed class action filed in California state court.

Expert Analysis

  • Trade Secret Claim Strategies: ITC Vs. DTSA

    Paul A. Ainsworth

    While the Defend Trade Secrets Act offers both monetary and injunctive relief, the U.S. International Trade Commission offers trade secret owners jurisdiction over foreign companies and a speedier remedy, say Paul Ainsworth and Stephanie Nguyen of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PPLC.

  • The Best Ways To Prepare For EB-5 Site Visits

    Julianne Opet

    As the EB-5 community prepares for the start of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services site visits, it is helpful to extract valuable experience and insight from employers in other immigration programs who have contended with site visits over the last several years, says Julianne Opet at Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP.

  • ‘Ban The Box’ Goes Beyond The Application In Austin

    James H. Kizziar Jr.

    Although referred to colloquially as “ban the box,” a newly enacted ordinance in Austin, Texas, regulates much more than just application questions. Amendments to the city code direct the entire hiring process and prohibit soliciting or inquiring about criminal histories until a conditional offer of employment is made, say James Kizziar Jr. and Amber Dodds at Bracewell LLP.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • Common Mistakes Employers Of Calif. Domestic Workers Make

    Scott Liner

    Despite the fact that it has been over two years since California's Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was enacted, many household employers are still unaware of their employment obligations and the associated risks. As a result, there are a growing number of claims and lawsuits alleging substantial amounts of unpaid wages and owed penalties, say Scott Liner and Tiffany Caterina at Liner LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • How Employers Can Prepare For The Perils Of 'Pokemon Go'

    Keith A. Ashmus

    With the recent release of "Pokemon Go," employers may now be less concerned about "Candy Crush" distractions and more concerned about team Pokemon hunts in the office. The game has the real potential to create significant pitfalls for corporate employers, who must prepare for Pokemon mishaps from both employees and trespassers, says Keith Ashmus at Frantz Ward LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Internal Investigations: Don't Give Law Firm A Blank Check

    John McDermott

    We have heard increasing complaints from general counsels about the runaway costs of internal investigations by outside counsel. GCs and clients — be it the company, the audit committee or a special litigation committee — are uniquely positioned to play an important role in defining and controlling the scope and costs of an investigation, say John McDermott and Emily Garnett of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Workplace Video Monitoring: What Employers Need To Know

    Barbara E. Hoey

    Given the availability and effectiveness of inexpensive video equipment, many companies use video to monitor their entire operations for safety, security and quality control. But video surveillance can have unintended consequences well beyond its intended purpose, say Mark Konkel and Barbara Hoey at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.