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Employment

  • November 15, 2018

    Dartmouth Ignored 'Predator' Profs, $70M Suit Claims

    Seven women hit Dartmouth College Trustees with a putative $70 million Title IX class action in New Hampshire federal court Thursday, claiming the Ivy League school let a "Predators' Club" of male professors in the psychology department sexually harass and assault female students.

  • November 15, 2018

    Transport Co. Reaches $7M Deal Ending Drivers Break Row

    Renzenberger Inc. has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a certified wage-and-hour class action and another lawsuit that accused the transportation company of rest-break and minimum-wage violations, according to California federal court filings on Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Tata Exec Defends Firing Practices In Discrimination Trial

    Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.’s head of workplace effectiveness defended the company’s firing practices Thursday during a trial over class allegations that Tata discriminates against non-South Asians, testifying that the company recently raised its retention rates to over 80 percent of workers.

  • November 15, 2018

    NFL Player Agent Co. Seeks $10M In Poached-Business Suit

    A Miami-based agency that represents National Football League players sued a former employee and a competitor for $10 million in New York state court on Thursday, claiming that they secretly conspired to join forces and have since poached 15 of its clients.

  • November 15, 2018

    Agency Deference May Be At Risk In High Court Railroad Row

    A pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether compensation for an injured railroad worker’s lost wages should be taxed could jeopardize the deference that courts have afforded government agencies in interpreting legislation for nearly 35 years.

  • November 15, 2018

    B&B Owner Was Allowed To Refuse Lesbians, High Court Told

    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and other groups have thrown their support behind a Honolulu bed-and-breakfast owner seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of a decision that she violated state public-accommodation law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple, asserting that the ruling flouts the First Amendment.

  • November 15, 2018

    UPenn Dental Affiliate Beats Ex-Dentist's Race Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal jury has concluded that a University of Pennsylvania-affiliated dental practice didn’t discriminate against a black former dentist who claimed he was paid a far lower starting salary than his white peers and ultimately forced to quit due to alleged hostility he faced from a supervisor.

  • November 15, 2018

    Kentucky Supreme Court Greenlights Right To Work Law

    The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday shot down a regional Teamsters official’s suit challenging the state’s so-called right to work law, saying the law does not violate the state constitution.

  • November 15, 2018

    Judge Says Illinois Nurse's Bias Suit Lacks Merit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday rejected an African-American nurse's allegations that the state Department of Human Services discriminated against her after she was injured and requested light-duty work, deciding that not only were the claims filed late but that they also lacked merit.

  • November 15, 2018

    Reed Smith Nabs Employment Duo From Polsinelli In SF

    Reed Smith LLP has bolstered its ranks in San Francisco by adding a pair of employment experts from Polsinelli PC.

  • November 15, 2018

    Virgin America Calls Bid For $85M In Wage Case 'Excessive'

    Virgin America Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to slash at least $25 million from the $85 million in penalties and wages a class of flight attendants is seeking in the final phases of an unfair labor practices suit, calling the amount “excessive and punitive.”

  • November 15, 2018

    Promise Healthcare Floats $3M Ch. 11 Exec Bonus Plan

    Bankrupt hospital operator Promise Healthcare Group LLC requested permission Thursday from a Delaware judge to implement a key employee incentive plan that would pay its president up to $3 million in bonuses based on meeting sale price targets for two of its facilities.

  • November 15, 2018

    5th Circ. Orders New Trial For Worker Fired After Injury

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ordered that Hunter Buildings & Manufacturing LP face a new trial over a former employee’s claim that he was fired for seeking workers’ compensation after being hurt in a scaffold collapse, saying a lower court didn’t properly explain its ruling in the employer’s favor.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pa. Panel OKs Firing Bus Co. Worker For Stopping Sick Driver

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision Thursday finding that the state’s whistleblower law provided no protection to an employee at a bus company who was fired after she proactively worked to prevent an unqualified driver from getting behind the wheel.

  • November 15, 2018

    Unions Hit VA With Challenge To 'Official Time' Decision

    Three unions have mounted a challenge in D.C. federal court to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decision that would stop its workers in the medical realm from spending work time on certain union business, the latest row in a larger fight over so-called official time.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pot Workers Aren’t Protected By FLSA, 10th Circ. Told

    A Colorado company that provides security services to the state’s legal cannabis growers and sellers told the Tenth Circuit on Thursday its employees can’t pursue allegedly unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act because their work is inherently illegal under federal law.

  • November 15, 2018

    Horizon Driver Must Bring Wage Claims In State Court

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday dismissed claims by one named plaintiff in a proposed class action against Horizon Freight System Inc. alleging it wrongly classified drivers as independent contractors, ruling that a forum-selection clause in his contract means his claims must be brought in state court.

  • November 15, 2018

    NAFTA Rewrite Causes Angst In Auto Sector

    The Trump administration’s changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement’s automotive rules were made with an eye toward boosting production in the region, but both corporate and labor interests in the car sector on Thursday voiced skepticism as to whether the deal could deliver on its promise.

  • November 15, 2018

    NFL Film Co. Gets Voice Actress' Sex Abuse Suit Trimmed

    A New Jersey federal court has granted partial summary judgment to NFL Productions LLC in a suit by a voice actress alleging an executive ignored her reports of sexual harassment and abuse, finding that she was an independent contractor and not an employee.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-Broker Can't Skirt Prison For NY Pay-To-Play Scheme

    Former New York broker Gregg Schonhorn was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for his role in a pay-to-play bribery scheme in which a former New York pension fund director steered more than $3 billion in business from the New York State Common Retirement Fund to corrupt brokers, despite the defendant's "exceptional" cooperation with authorities.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court May Dim Lights On Class Arbitration In Lamps Plus

    Adam Primm

    Following recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Lamps Plus v. Frank Varela, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the case appears to be facing an uphill battle to uphold the authorization of class arbitration, say Adam Primm and Peter Kirsanow of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Press Pause Before Using Biometric Tech In The Workplace

    Robert Quackenboss

    As demonstrated by a recently filed class action against a hospital housekeeping company in Illinois federal court — Byczek v. Xanitos — the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding biometric data should give employers pause when considering its use in the workplace, say Robert Quackenboss and Madalyn Doucet of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Sekura Case Expands Scope Of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

    Greg Abrams

    An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan appears to break from multiple Biometric Information Privacy Act cases that had required plaintiffs to allege some harm beyond mere technical violations to qualify as “aggrieved,” say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • 3 Takeaways From Google’s Harassment Policy Overhaul

    Nisha Verma

    In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Google’s recent changes to its sexual harassment policy are notable because they highlight employers’ ability to innovate while taking measures to comply with California law, say Nisha Verma and Jessica Linehan of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Employee Nonsolicitation Terms Now Likely Void In California

    Dylan Wiseman

    In AMN Healthcare v. Aya Healthcare Services, a California appellate court recently held that employee nonsolicitation agreements are void unless they fall within one of three statutory exceptions, clearing up uncertainty about their enforceability in the state, say Dylan Wiseman and Alexandra Grayner at Buchalter PC.

  • AAA Arbitration: An Overview For Employment Lawyers

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Julia Jordan

    Julia Jordan and Christina Andersen of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provide guidance on arbitrating employment-related disputes before the American Arbitration Association and summarize what practitioners might expect during various aspects of the process.

  • An Expansion Of Employee ADEA Protections At High Court

    Daniel Pasternak

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido extends Age Discrimination in Employment Act protections to all political subdivisions of states, regardless of size, despite contrary interpretations by many circuits, say Daniel Pasternak and Melissa Legault of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.