Employment

  • May 27, 2016

    Google-Backed Startup Says Execs Stole Secrets For New Biz

    A virtual reality startup that has received backing from Google, Qualcomm and Warner Bros. has sued two of its former top executives in California federal court, saying the pair stole trade secrets and plotted to start a rival company.

  • May 27, 2016

    Uber Hit With NJ Misclassification Class Action

    Uber has been hit with yet another suit accusing it of violating its drivers’ rights, with the company on Friday removing to New Jersey federal court a putative class action alleging Uber illegally forces its drivers to pay for tolls, gas and phone bills through improper classification.

  • May 26, 2016

    FedEx Accused By NJ Truck Drivers Of Misclassification

    FedEx has enjoyed significant savings over its competitors by shifting essential ground delivery business expenses like workers' compensation insurance, taxes and vehicle operating costs to drivers it misclassifies as independent contractors instead of company employees, according to a class action removed to New Jersey federal court Thursday.

  • May 26, 2016

    Ex-MMA Trainer Says He Was Axed For Protesting Injury Risks

    A former mixed martial arts fighter and trainer hit MMA promotion company Bellator and its owner Viacom with a lawsuit in a California state court Tuesday alleging he was wrongfully terminated as Bellator's talent director after protesting practices that he says jeopardize the health and safety of professional fighters.

  • May 26, 2016

    Male Ex-Dean Sues Fla. Law School For Gender Bias

    Barry University was sued Tuesday in Florida state court by a former assistant dean at its law school who claims he was wrongly singled out by female management for discipline following students' poor Florida bar exam results and then retaliated against after complaining to the state about gender discrimination.

  • May 26, 2016

    Fla. Resort, Golf Course Management Co. Face Wage Suit

    A Florida resort and a golf course management company were hit with a proposed class and collective action in federal court on Thursday, alleging that they deprived caddies of overtime pay and minimum wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.

  • May 25, 2016

    IP Atty Says Ex-Partner Stole Trade Secrets In Firm Split

    A California attorney has hit his former partner with a trade secrets lawsuit, claiming he brought valuable client information to his new firm in violation of a contract outlining the disbanding of the attorneys’ prior partnership.

  • May 25, 2016

    Texas, 10 Others Sue Over Obama's Trans Bathroom Guidance

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that Texas has been joined by 10 other states in its push against an Obama administration directive to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, filing an official lawsuit challenging the rule in Texas federal court Wednesday.

  • May 24, 2016

    Apache Accuses Ex-Egypt Energy Head Of Trade Secrets Theft

    Apache Corp. sued its former head of Egypt operations in Texas court Tuesday, alleging he surreptitiously joined a startup intended to directly compete with the Houston-based energy company in Egypt and took hundreds of thousands of confidential documents with him.

  • May 23, 2016

    Cadillac Finance Manager Stole Confidential Info, GM Says

    A General Motors LLC finance manager has refused to fully cooperate with the automotive giant after company investigators determined he transferred sensitive company information about pricing, strategy and other subjects onto a USB drive in breach of multiple contracts, according to a lawsuit filed in New York state court Friday.

  • May 23, 2016

    NLRB Hits Illegal Picketing At Stand-In Verizon Workers' Hotels

    The National Labor Relations Board asked a Massachusetts federal judge to stop the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ picketing of area hotels, which are housing Verizon workers brought in to replace striking employees, arguing Monday that they are illegally attempting to prevent the hotels from doing business with Verizon.

  • May 23, 2016

    Ex-Nat'l Oilwell Varco Execs Accused Of $1M Fraud Scheme

    National Oilwell Varco LP accused four fired executives Friday of perpetrating a $1 million scheme whereby the drilling components provider rented heavy machinery at inflated rates from their straw-man company.

  • May 19, 2016

    Florida City Finds Excuses To Fire Women, Suit Says

    Three women who used to work for Naples, Florida, filed a federal proposed class action Thursday, alleging the city's supposed staff reductions were an excuse for discriminating against and firing female and older employees.

  • May 19, 2016

    Boston Official Charged With Extorting Festival Organizer

    The director of Boston’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment has been indicted in Massachusetts federal court for allegedly forcing a music festival organizer to hire local union members by using the necessary festival permits as leverage.

  • May 19, 2016

    49ers Announcer Says He Was Axed Due To Age

    The former stadium announcer for the San Francisco 49ers said in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that he was fired because he was too old for the company’s new Silicon Valley-inspired preference for the young.

  • May 17, 2016

    BofA Hit With $8M Sex Bias Suit Over 'Bro's Club' Culture

    A managing director for Bank of America Corp. lodged an $8 million gender discrimination suit in New York federal court Monday accusing the bank of treating its female senior traders like “second-class citizens” and perpetuating an unfair “bro’s club” work culture.

  • May 16, 2016

    Fed. Trade Secrets Law Faces Early Test In Miami Beach Suit

    In one of the first suits filed under the recently passed Defend Trade Secrets Act, an engineering and telecom services provider sued the city of Miami Beach in Florida federal court Monday alleging it unlawfully disclosed confidential employee data to a local electricians union.

  • May 16, 2016

    St. Joseph’s Underfunding Pension Plan, Nurses' Suits Say

    St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Inc. was hit with proposed class actions in New Jersey federal court on Friday and Monday in which nurses claim it is violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by underfunding its pension plan by at least $183 million.

  • May 13, 2016

    Weatherford Hit With Oil Well Monitor OT Class Action

    A Weatherford International field technician filed a collective action against the company Friday in Texas federal court alleging it misclassified oil well monitors as exempt from overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, seeking damages including unpaid wages and attorneys' fees.

  • May 13, 2016

    Fla. Golf Course Operators Slammed Over OT Practices

    The operators of a handful of golf courses located on Florida's west coast were hit with a proposed collective action in federal court Friday alleging that groundsmen and other employees were forced to work off the clock and denied appropriate overtime pay.

Expert Analysis

  • Particularity And Preemption Trends In Trade Secret Cases

    Cass W. Christenson

    In trade secrets cases, hotly contested issues often arise concerning whether the plaintiff has alleged its trade secrets claim with sufficient specificity, and whether any related claims are preempted under an applicable state Uniform Trade Secrets Act. These disputes can profoundly impact case strategy, says Cass Christenson of Dentons US LLP.

  • 4 Employer Lessons From Perez V. Lear Corp.

    Punam Kaji

    The ongoing litigation between the secretary of labor and Lear Corp. has created an interesting playbook for employers dealing with occupational safety and health whistleblower claims, say Punam Kaji, Matthew Deffebach and Abby Kotun at Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Airline Pilots Highlight Employer Pregnancy Obligations

    Carrie B. Hoffman

    Although discrimination charges involving pregnancy and breastfeeding filed by four female pilots against Frontier Airlines are unique to the airline industry, the overarching issue in the case is not. The allegations make it clear that it's vital for employers to recognize and respond to their ever-growing obligations to provide accommodations to their employees during and after pregnancy, says Carrie Hoffman at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

  • Rating Trump’s High Court Nominees In Employment Cases

    Michael H. LeRoy

    Donald Trump has betrayed his lack of commitment to, and understanding of, the judiciary with his potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. It’s easy to see why conservatives would support Trump's picks, but it appears they have little or nothing in common with their political patron, a bombastic loudmouth who defies ideological classification, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • How To Prepare Your Employees For Litigation Discovery

    Charles N. McGee III

    The discovery process can be stressful and nerve-wracking for a company’s employees. Their reactions can vary tremendously and the effects are often overlooked by general counsels. Keeping your employees informed and educated prior to and during a collection or preservation hold can help to minimize disruption, maintain productivity and help discovery budgets stay in line with projections, say attorneys at Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • What To Know About The DOL's New Overtime Regulations

    Libby Henninger

    After the 2015 release of its proposed changes to the overtime exemption regulations, many believed the U.S. Department of Labor would take the opportunity to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act’s qualitative duties standards to more closely resemble California’s model. However, for many employers the new rule appears as a compromise against what many in the industry feared would be a much broader reworking of the regulations, say a... (continued)

  • 5 Tips For Negotiating And Drafting Joint E-Discovery Plans

    Anthony J. Rospert

    Courts often require parties to develop a joint e-discovery plan. But even when they are not court-imposed, parties should consider using joint e-discovery plans to promote transparency and streamline the discovery process, say Anthony Rospert and Jake Evans of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Green V. Brennan: A Practical Take On Forced Resignations

    R. Scott Oswald

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Green v. Brennan doesn’t resolve matters for plaintiff Marvin Green. But it puts paid to some perverse legal possibilities and its biggest effect will be to preclude some of the worst interpretations of Title VII — and to assure employees facing discrimination that the Supreme Court is sympathetic to their plight, says R. Scott Oswald at The Employment Law Group.

  • Defend Trade Secrets Act: How To Inform Employees

    Jeff Barnes

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act offers many benefits to businesses, including federal question jurisdiction for trade secrets and the ability to recover compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. However, to obtain the full array of remedies available under the statute, employers must comply with a specific notice requirement, says Jeff Barnes, a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • The Risk Of Data Misuse By Health Care Co. Employees

    Tina Sciocchetti

    A recent decision from the Southern District of Florida highlights the risks companies that collect or maintain sensitive personal information face when a rogue employee compromises data security. Data privacy and security policies and procedures should address and limit unauthorized access not only to external sources, but also to internal sources who may act outside the scope of their employment, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.