Employment

  • September 30, 2014

    Ex-Traders Call On Barclays To Keep Picking Up Legal Bills

    Three former derivatives traders for Barclays Capital Inc. alleged on Tuesday in New York federal court that the bank wrongly stopped paying legal fees for their defense of regulators' allegations that they were part of a scheme to manipulate the London interbank offered rate.

  • September 30, 2014

    Texas Roadhouse Sues EEOC To Access Age Bias Suit Info

    Texas Roadhouse Inc. sued the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kentucky federal court on Monday over its alleged failure to cough up documents related to the agency’s age discrimination suit against the restaurant chain, saying it hadn’t yet received a single requested page.

  • September 30, 2014

    EEOC Sues Papa John's Franchisee For Firing Disabled Man

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a Papa John’s International Inc. franchisee in a Utah federal court, claiming it fired an employee with Down syndrome because he needed a job coach, the commission announced Monday.

  • September 29, 2014

    Cafe From 'You've Got Mail' Hit With $26M FLSA Suit

    Cafe Lalo, the restaurant famously featured in "You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, was hit Friday with a putative class action in New York federal court alleging the Upper West Side spot failed to pay overtime wages and accusing its manager of sexually harassing the wait staff.

  • September 29, 2014

    Legal Tide Favors EEOC Stance On Transgender Bias

    With suits alleging discrimination against transgender employees, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the first time pushed into litigation its stance that gender identity bias violates civil rights law, a position that attorneys say marks a natural progression from prior gender identity cases that courts will likely take up.

  • September 26, 2014

    Seafood Distributor Accuses Business Partner Of Mutiny

    Living Color Enterprises Inc., the former U.S. distributor of New Era Aquaculture Ltd. marine animal food products, on Friday sued its ex-business partner and two former employees, claiming they conspired to steal Living Color's business away and give it to a competitor.

  • September 26, 2014

    Ex-GSA Official Indicted Over Travel Spending

    Jeffrey Neely, a former official U.S. General Services Administration who organized a lavish Las Vegas conference that mired the GSA in months of scandal, was indicted Thursday on charges that he fraudulently billed the government for personal travel and expenses, including trips to Las Vegas, Saipan and Guam.

  • September 25, 2014

    EEOC Hits Strategic Legal Solutions With Age Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday it has filed a complaint against legal staffing firm Strategic Legal Solutions for allegedly discriminating against an attorney applicant because of her age, in violation of federal law.

  • September 25, 2014

    Nursing Home Fired Pregnant Worker On First Day, EEOC Says

    The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission launched a suit Wednesday against a Mississippi assisted living home alleging it illegally fired a part-time kitchen assistant three hours into her first day of work when an administrator found out she was pregnant.

  • September 25, 2014

    EEOC Files Historic Sex Bias Suits For Transgender Workers

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday filed its first ever lawsuits over alleged sex discrimination against transgender individuals, targeting a funeral home and an eye clinic that purportedly fired employees who were transitioning from male to female.

  • September 25, 2014

    EEOC Hits Beer Co. With Hiring Suit Over Rastafarian’s Hair

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued North Carolina beer distributor Mims Distributing Company Inc. Thursday for allegedly refusing to hire a man who refused to cut his hair due to his Rastafarian religious beliefs.

  • September 24, 2014

    EEOC Sues Call Center, Alleging Egregious Sexual Harassment

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday sued call center operator VXI Global Solutions Inc., alleging in California federal court the company failed to address widespread sexual harassment of both female and male workers and retaliated against employees who complained.

  • September 24, 2014

    Int'l Cable Equipment Shipper Claims Workers Stole Secrets

    Aerodoc Inc., which ships satellite signal decoders around the world for the likes of Fox, ESPN and HBO, has filed suit in Florida state court against three former employees and the rival company it claims they built on stolen trade secrets.

  • September 23, 2014

    NFLer's Widow Says League's Negligence Caused His Suicide

    The National Football League and a slew of related companies were hit with a fraud lawsuit in California state court Monday by the wife of a deceased professional player, saying his tragic suicide was the “direct result” of injuries and depression caused by repetitive head trauma.

  • September 23, 2014

    MLB Hit With Class Action By Unpaid All-Star Volunteers

    Major League Baseball was hit Monday in New York state court with a putative class action alleging the league violated state wage laws by failing to pay volunteers who staffed the fan festival surrounding the 2013 all-star game.

  • September 23, 2014

    Ex-Official Faces Perjury Charges Over $200M La. Contract

    A Louisiana grand jury delivered a nine-count perjury indictment Tuesday against former state health secretary Bruce Greenstein, who resigned last year after questions arose about a $197 million state contract awarded to his former employer.

  • September 23, 2014

    Tenn. Steel Fabricator Hit With EEOC Race Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday announced a lawsuit against a Tennessee steel fabricator, alleging the company had discriminated against three black employees by firing them and filling their jobs with white workers.

  • September 23, 2014

    Seagrave Wants Coverage In Firefighter Hearing Loss Suits

    A firetruck manufacturer has filed suit against more than a dozen insurers in Pennsylvania state court seeking coverage for 260 complaints it is facing from firefighters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh claiming that their hearing was damaged after prolonged exposure to the equipment.

  • September 22, 2014

    NJ Firm Sued By Ex-Name Partner In Bitter Contract Row

    A one-time name partner of Reiseman Rosenberg Jacobs & Heller PC has launched a breach-of-contract suit in New Jersey against the law firm for allegedly breaching a buyout agreement after he was forced to quit because of intolerable conditions.

  • September 22, 2014

    Dunkin’ Donuts Workers File OT Class Action In Pittsburgh

    A Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee violated federal and state law when it refused to pay overtime to Pittsburgh-area assistant managers for at least two years, a proposed class action filed in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday claims.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: ABCs Of JPML Practice

    Alan E. Rothman

    This week, as the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation embarks on a rare October hearing, we cannot resist mentioning an intriguing MDL petition that involves local rules governing attorney admission and several lawsuits naming members of the federal judiciary — including a JPML member who is also a D.C. district court judge, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • The Coming Tide Of Website Disability Claims Under ADA

    Steven R. Becker

    Actions taken by large retailers and the U.S. Department of Justice hint at a movement toward requiring private sector websites to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, says Steven Becker of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • 12 Tips For Franchisors To Reduce Joint-Employer Risks

    Rochelle Spandorf

    In a joint-employer or vicarious liability case, providing a template employee manual is a bad fact — it does not matter how skeletal the template may be, says Rochelle Spandorf, chairwoman of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's national franchise practice.

  • Pushing Employees To Work During FMLA Leave Can Backfire

    Anne R. Yuengert

    Although we don't know if the Eleventh Circuit's ruling in Evans v. Books-A-Million Inc. is a trend to provide expanded protection to pregnant workers, the case does make clear that simply paying employees who work during leave will not insulate the employer from an interference claim, says Anne Yuengert of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Timing Is Everything In 'Take-Home' Asbestos Cases

    Douglas B. Pfeiffer

    Foreseeability continues to be the most important consideration in "take-home" asbestos exposure cases and Bootenhoff v. Hormel Foods Corp. demonstrates the importance of the time frame of the employee’s alleged exposure in cases based on negligence, say attorneys at Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Pension Plan Minefields For Distressed Auto Equipment Cos.

    Jim Lukenda

    Few people understand the complexities of defined benefit pension plans, particularly those of distressed companies. For attorneys who work with clients or lenders in the automotive equipment business, these issues can be difficult to navigate without guidance on the complicated and sometimes arcane issues involved, say Laura Marcero and Jim Lukenda of Huron Consulting Group.

  • Should FIRREA Whistleblower Bounties Be Higher?

    Andrew W. Schilling

    The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act’s whistleblower bounties at False Claims Act levels could lead to absurdly high and wastefully excessive awards. At the same time, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may be right when he suggests that awards capped below annual bonuses may not be enough to encourage confidential reporting by well-placed Wall Street insiders, says Andrew Schilling of BuckleySandler LLP.

  • Will DC Circ. Sidestep Dispute A Decade In The Making?

    Mike Wagner

    In the wake of the recent oral argument in UPMC Braddock v. Perez, it appears that the wait for definitive guidance on whether Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan network providers are "government subcontractors" may continue, say Jennifer Plitsch and Mike Wagner of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Use Economic Analysis To Fight Class Certification

    Charles Fields

    Boelk v. AT&T Teleholdings Inc. provides a constructive example of the value of expert testimony at the class certification stage in a wage and hour matter, say Charles Fields and Erica Blom of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • Saving Face: DOJ Prosecutes Executives Over Corporations

    Peter R. Zeidenberg

    Feeling the sting from criticism over its failure to prosecute individuals responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice is now shifting its prosecutorial priorities — the DOJ will no longer focus on the corporate entity, now it will target corporate executives responsible for the misconduct of their companies, says Peter Zeidenberg of Arent Fox LLP.