Employment

  • February 12, 2016

    Border Patrol Sued Over Women's Bathroom Recordings

    A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent sued the federal government, several law enforcement agencies and a former supervisor who recently pled guilty to recording female agents in a San Diego office bathroom, saying the agencies failed to stop the “sexual predator."

  • February 12, 2016

    Dave & Busters Hit With Background Check Class Action

    Dave & Buster’s moved a proposed class action to Florida federal court on Friday that accuses the restaurant and entertainment chain of using background checks to make employment decisions without sharing the findings with workers or applicants in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • February 12, 2016

    Ex-Carlyle Portfolio Manager Launches $100M Retaliation Suit

    A former Carlyle Group portfolio manager hit his ex-employer with a $100 million retaliation suit Tuesday in Connecticut federal court, accusing the firm of firing him and cheating him out of a bonus for raising concerns about one of its fund’s risky investment in freight derivatives.

  • February 9, 2016

    NJ Houlihan's Operator Faces Suit Over OT, Deductions

    An operator of Houlihan's restaurants in New Jersey has been hit with a putative class action claiming it has failed to pay proper overtime wages and made unlawful meal deductions from workers' pay.

  • February 9, 2016

    Aircraft Foundation Accuses Founder Of Hijacking Trade Show

    A personal aviation advocacy group pushed for a California federal judge to halt its former president’s alleged theft of its property and use of its trademarks in a rival trade show, saying Friday he tried to usurp it with a new foundation shortly after their relationship soured.

  • February 5, 2016

    Gibson Dunn Slapped With Age Discrimination Lawsuit

    Two former Gibson Dunn billing specialists on Thursday alleged that the firm maintains a hostile work environment for older workers in its billing department, effectively pushing them out so it can hire younger and less expensive replacements, according to a filing in California state court.

  • February 4, 2016

    Ex-Blank Rome IP Atty Says He Was Axed Over LGBT Support

    A former Blank Rome LLP intellectual property partner on Wednesday launched a suit in Pennsylvania state court accusing the firm and its leadership of firing him and stealing his practice after he allegedly promoted gay rights in the legal community.

  • February 4, 2016

    XPO Logistics Accuses Rival YRC Of Poaching Employees

    XPO Logistics Freight Inc. launched a Delaware Chancery Court suit Wednesday accusing rival YRC Inc. of poaching several key employees, including two top-level executives, misappropriating trade secrets in the process and essentially engaging in unfair competition.

  • February 4, 2016

    IT Company Accused Of Pregnancy Discrimination

    A former sales representative for an information technology company sued her former employer in Maryland state court Thursday, saying the company illegally terminated her when she was eight months pregnant because her impending maternity leave would have cost business.

  • February 3, 2016

    US Soccer Sues Women's National Team Union Over CBA

    U.S. Soccer asked an Illinois federal court Wednesday to enforce a collective bargaining agreement between the sport’s governing body and the union for the reigning world champion U.S. women’s national team, saying the head of the union is clamoring for a new CBA.

  • February 2, 2016

    Seaport Biz Out Of Calif. Hits Ch. 11 Amid NLRB Spat

    A seaport company at the Port of Oakland in California filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday in Delaware, two weeks after revealing it was going to mothball operations and feared the “potential liability” connected to a National Labor Relations Board dispute.

  • February 2, 2016

    Ex-NJ Firm Manager Says Overbilling Claims Brought Firing

    A former Foreman & Gray LLC office manager has filed suit against the New Jersey law firm alleging she was fired for challenging the managing partner’s requests that she overbill clients in order to bring in extra money for the cash-strapped firm.

  • February 1, 2016

    Ex-Yahoo Employee Claims Ranking System Discriminates

    A former Yahoo Inc. editor sued the Internet and search company in California federal court on Monday, challenging a performance review system that he claims is discriminatory and violates state and federal laws covering mass layoffs.

  • February 1, 2016

    Wells Fargo Rescinded Job Offer Based On Faulty Data: Suit

    A woman is suing Wells Fargo for rescinding a job offer based on a background check that falsely reported termination from her previous job at Bank of America for committing fraud, according to a proposed class action filed Friday in New Jersey federal court.

  • January 27, 2016

    Google Refused To Pay Contract Recruiters OT, Suit Says

    A former contractor for Google Inc. accused the company of encouraging some contract recruiters to work long hours, but refusing to pay them for the extra time, according to a proposed class action filed in California state court Wednesday.

  • January 27, 2016

    DraftKings, FanDuel Face Class Actions Over College Players

    A former college football player hit fantasy sports betting sites FanDuel and DraftKings with proposed class actions in Illinois federal court Wednesday, claiming the sites racked up huge profits using the names and likenesses of college athletes without their consent.

  • January 26, 2016

    Ex-CEO Says He Was Fired Over $10M Medicare Whistleblowing

    The former CEO of a hospital-doctor joint venture filed suit against his former employer in Oregon federal court Tuesday, claiming the group violated the False Claims Act when it fired him after he blew the whistle on $10 million in false Medicare reimbursements.

  • January 25, 2016

    Ex-Disney World Workers Say H-1B Abuse Forced Them Out

    Two former Walt Disney World employees slapped the amusement park giant with proposed racketeering conspiracy class actions in Florida federal court Monday, alleging it partnered with consulting companies to replace Disney information technology employees with foreign workers through an abuse of the H-1B visa program.

  • January 22, 2016

    Texas Law School Hit With Bias Suit By Ex-Librarian

    South Texas College of Law is facing a discrimination suit in Texas federal court in which one of its ex-librarians, who is black, accuses co-workers of changing his work scheduled hours to make him appear late and then firing him when he complained of harassment.

  • January 22, 2016

    Cargo Shipper FMS Sues Rival For Poaching Manager

    The North American unit of German cargo shipping giant Fr. Meyer’s Sohn GmbH & Co. KG launched a Pennsylvania federal suit Friday accusing a rival shipper of poaching one of its California-based managers, who allegedly broke his employment agreement and took insider company information with him.

Expert Analysis

  • Additional Thoughts On Class Plaintiff 'Pick-Offs'

    Fred T. Isquith

    There are those who have suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez left plenty of room for a defendant to “pick off” a plaintiff. Not so, according to Eastern District of New York Judge Sandra Feuerstein's decision in Brady v. Basic Research, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • Declawing The Cat’s Paw Doctrine In Discrimination Cases

    Joanne Alnajjar Buser

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital, which endorsed the cat’s paw doctrine in employment discrimination cases, several important questions have developed. Joanne Alnajjar Buser of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP examines these issues and explains how employers can avoid getting tangled in a cat’s cradle.

  • Amended Rule 26’s Proportionality Standard: The First 60 Days

    Gregory Brown

    While the removal of the familiar “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence” standard suggests a departure from prior practice, the first opinions from the federal courts implementing amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1) suggest otherwise, says Gregory Brown of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • Takeaways From Revival Of Pangang Trade Secret Prosecution

    Daniel Prince

    Last month, prosecutors filed a third superseding indictment against Pangang. The trade secrets case is particularly instructive for what it suggests about the U.S. Department of Justice’s views regarding the ongoing debate concerning the U.S. government’s ability to effect service on foreign corporations without a U.S. presence, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Burgeoning Bulletin Boards Of Federal Contractors

    Jon A. Geier

    The final regulations implementing Obama's pay secrecy order became effective on Jan. 11, 2016, which means federal contractors now face new posting and notice requirements, adding to a growing body of similar obligations that have steadily accumulated over the years, say Jon Geier and Blake Bertagna of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Office Romances

    Robert Dolinko

    While some office romances end unremarkably, others could form the basis for sexual harassment lawsuits with the potential to cost employers millions of dollars. With Valentine's Day approaching, there's no better time of year for employers to be proactive about mitigating the potential liability, disruption or embarrassment that can arise from sexual harassment claims, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • How Does Skadden Stay No. 1?

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Analyzing the reasons why clients choose certain firms reveals a great deal about what is important and valued in the marketplace. Based on interviews with a random sample of over 600 heads of legal in the largest U.S. organizations, Elizabeth Duffy, vice president of Acritas US Inc., identifies the core brand drivers of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Interpreting EEOC’s Equal Pay Data Statistical Tests

    Gurkan Ay, Ph.D.

    The statistical tests identified in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new EEO-1 proposal are not designed to measure a true pay gap as much as they are to flag certain jobs or companies where there may be an issue for potential action. Employers’ most conservative response should be to estimate these statistics using their own data so that they are cognizant of pay gaps that may require attention, say economists at... (continued)

  • OPINION: The Road To Partnership Must Keep Evolving

    Daniel L. Butcher

    In a recent Law360 article it was suggested that promotion to partner was a competition between associates and that taking maternity, paternity or family medical leave could impact an associate's chances at promotion. But this sort of ethos — which may have contributed to law firms’ success in the past — is not the best way to secure the industry's future, says Daniel Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price LLP.

  • Rodeo Associations Fail To Rein In Each Other In Round 1

    Bruce D. Sokler

    Last week, a Texas federal court denied the Elite Rodeo Association’s preliminary injunction motion to block the enforcement of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's bylaws, and also denied the PRCA’s motion to dismiss on the ERA’s Section 2 claim. In reaching that conclusion, the court had to address and distinguish a host of arguably applicable sports antitrust cases, say Bruce Sokler and Farrah Short of Mintz Levin Cohn F... (continued)