Employment

  • March 21, 2008

    Construction Co. Settles Race Bias Suit For $1.5M

    Construction company Washington Group International has agreed to fork over $1.5 million to a group of black workers who sued for racial harassment and retaliation.

  • March 24, 2008

    Gibbons' Employment Group Scores Three Partners

    Law firm Gibbons PC has bolstered its Newark employment law practice with the addition of five new employment law attorneys, including three partners.

  • March 21, 2008

    Court Overturns NLRB Decision On Harassment Rule

    A federal appellate court has partially overturned a National Labor Relations Board ruling which found that executives at auto parts maker Stanadyne Automobile Corp. did not commit unfair labor practices in the weeks leading up to a union vote.

  • March 19, 2008

    Wachovia Subsidiary Hit With FLSA Suit

    A World Mortgage Co. employee launched a proposed class action Monday, claiming the Wachovia subsidiary's failure to pay certain workers overtime violates both the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • March 19, 2008

    Bear Stearns To Reimburse Employees Fighting Suits

    As beleaguered investment bank Bear Stearns Cos. gears up to fight what promises to be a slew of lawsuits over its collapse, the bank has reportedly changed its bylaws to help employees involved in the defense of the suits pay for legal expenses.

  • March 19, 2008

    Justices Weigh California's Limit On Employer Speech

    In a case that could affect similar legislation proposed in 15 other states, U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared divided Wednesday over whether a California law can bar employers from using state funds to influence union-organizing activities.

  • March 19, 2008

    N.J. Family-Leave Bill Vote Delayed By Amendments

    The New Jersey Senate was forced to postpone a vote on proposed family-leave legislation after the state's Assembly Appropriations Committee amended the bill to strengthen protections to small businesses and increase penalties for workers cheating the program.

  • March 19, 2008

    Judge Rebuffs Challenge To Affirmative Action Ban

    A federal judge has tossed out a suit that sought to reverse a Michigan law that bars race and gender from playing into government hiring and public university admissions.

  • March 19, 2008

    NLRB Ignored Evidence In Contractor Ruling: FedEx

    FedEx Home Delivery has filed a brief in its appeal of a National Labor Relations Board decision that found the company had misclassified employees working out of two Massachusetts distribution centers as independent contractors.

  • March 19, 2008

    Ex-Brocade Exec Gets Jail, Fine In Backdating Case

    Stephanie Jensen, the former human resources chief of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., was sentenced on Wednesday to four months in prison and ordered to pay a $1.25 million fine for her alleged role in a stock options backdating scandal, Dow Jones reported.

  • March 19, 2008

    PBGC Rule Would Change Employer Plan Liability

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has proposed to change its method of calculating the liability an employer takes on when it withdraws from a multi-employer pension plan and the way unfunded vested benefits are allocated.

  • March 20, 2008

    HSBC Loan Officers Win Class Status In FLSA Suit

    A federal judge has dealt a double blow to HSBC Mortgage Corp. in a wage-and-hour battle with its army of loan officers, striking some of the bank's defenses and granting class status to the disgruntled workers.

  • March 18, 2008

    H&R Block Fights $4M FINRA Award To Former Exec

    H&R Block Inc. and its financial services unit have asked a federal judge to overturn a nearly $4 million arbitration award issued to a former company executive, arguing that the arbitration panel improperly asserted jurisdiction over his claims and disregarded the law in its decision.

  • March 18, 2008

    CVS To Pay $36.7M To Settle Whistleblower Claims

    CVS Caremark Corp. has agreed to pay $36.7 million to settle claims that the retail pharmacy giant switched patients to a more expensive version of the prescription drug ranitidine in order to gain increased Medicaid reimbursements.

  • March 18, 2008

    Grant & Eisenhofer Launches Whistleblower Group

    Grant & Eisenhofer PA has launched a whistleblower litigation practice group, hiring two new attorneys, Reuben A. Guttman and Ann Lugbill, to open a new office for the firm in Washington, D.C. Much of its work will focus on pharmaceutical companies, who can be sued for defrauding government regulators in getting their products approved, and defense contractors, the firm said.

  • March 18, 2008

    $5M Workplace Exposure Award Upheld

    A Tennessee appeals court dealt a blow to a major railroad company Friday, affirming a lower court's decision to award an ailing employee $5 million for illnesses he claimed to have contracted from his workplace exposure to hazardous materials.

  • March 18, 2008

    $1.7M Award For Injured Transocean Worker Upheld

    A worker’s personal-injury suit against Transocean Offshore Inc. and Shell Oil Products Co. that repeatedly stumped a state appellate court has also divided the justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

  • March 18, 2008

    Seyfarth Snags Greenberg Traurig Employment Group

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has expanded its labor and employment presence in New York, adding five new attorneys, formerly from Greenberg Traurig LLP, in the past few weeks.

  • March 18, 2008

    Judge Chucks Some Claims From Starbucks FLSA Suit

    A federal judge has agreed to dismiss a group of opt-in plaintiffs' claims from a Fair Labor Standards Act class action against Starbucks Corp., ruling that certain plaintiffs' charges were barred by the statute of limitations.

  • March 18, 2008

    UnitedHealth Backdating Suit Gets Class Status

    A lawsuit over options backdating at UnitedHealth Inc. brought by the California Public Employees Retirement System has reportedly been granted class action status.