Employment

  • May 10, 2007

    Settled: Muslim Officer May Wear Skullcap

    A Muslim corrections officer may wear a religious skullcap while on duty as part of a settlement with the New York State Department of Correctional Services, which was accused of discrimination by both the employee and the U.S. Department of Justice for not allowing exceptions to its uniform and grooming rules.

  • May 10, 2007

    Ex-Comverse Exec Gets One Year In Jail

    The former general counsel of Comverse Technologies Inc. on Thursday was ordered to serve one year and a day in jail, after pleading guilty to taking part in a stock options backdating scheme.

  • May 10, 2007

    Retail Workers Union Weighs In On Circuit City Suit

    A labor union that boasts a membership of 100,000 workers has decided to throw its weight behind a putative class action that accuses retail electronics giant Circuit City Stores Inc. of age discrimination.

  • May 10, 2007

    Wal-Mart Hit With Race Discrimination Suits

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been slapped with two separate lawsuits by black employees who allege they were discriminated against because of their race.

  • May 9, 2007

    Sara Lee Targeted In Wage Suit

    Current and former employees of Sara Lee Corp.’s meat processing facilities have hit the company with a purported class action to recover alleged unpaid hourly and overtime wages.

  • May 9, 2007

    EEOC Strikes Deal, 35-Year-Old Suit Continues

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached a partial settlement with an ironworkers’ union over allegations that the union referred white workers to jobs more frequently than it referred their non-white counterparts.

  • May 9, 2007

    Union Sues Federal Agencies Over Lost Records

    A labor union has launched a proposed class action against the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of 100,000 government workers whose personal employment records have been lost.

  • May 9, 2007

    Maryland Becomes First To Have "Living Wage"

    Maryland on Tuesday became the first state to sign into law a statewide “living wage” bill that compels all state contractors to raise employees’ wages at least three dollars above the federal minimum wage.

  • May 9, 2007

    Suit Says HSBC Misclassified Loan Officers

    A recently filed, putative class and collective action lawsuit accuses HSBC Mortgage Corp. of violating state and federal employment laws by failing to pay proper overtime compensation to its loan officers and retaliating against an employee who complained about the alleged misconduct.

  • May 9, 2007

    Appeals Court Rules Against Casino Over Union Rally

    An appeals court declined a petition for review filed by the Venetian Casino Resort LLC on Tuesday, after the National Labor Relations Board found the casino illegally broadcast a message warning demonstrators they were trespassing and attempted a citizen’s arrest of a union official during a rally.

  • May 9, 2007

    Exxon Seeks Injunction Against Web Domain Buyer

    ExxonMobil Corp. claims that it is the latest victim of a habitual Internet domain name trademark infringer, which allegedly is profiting from the oil giant’s XOM trademark and confusing its employees by running a Web site with a domain name similar to the company’s pension plan site.

  • May 9, 2007

    Dow Chemical Exec Battle Explodes Into Lawsuits

    The Dow Chemical Co. and two former executives accused of negotiating an unauthorized takeover of the company have launched dueling lawsuits over the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in equity awards and damages.

  • May 8, 2007

    House Hears Testimony On RESPECT Act

    Labor leaders and charge nurses pushed for legislation Tuesday that would overturn the so-called Kentucky River decision, saying it has allowed hospitals to assign nurses just enough supervisory duties to stop them from organizing.

  • May 8, 2007

    Tenet Escapes Medicare Billing Lawsuit

    A federal judge has dismissed a qui tam lawsuit in which a former employee of the company alleged Tenet Healthcare Corp. and one of its medical centers performed unnecessary services and received improper Medicare payments.

  • May 8, 2007

    FedEx Faces New Class Action

    FedEx Ground Package System Inc. has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of drivers who claim FedEx evaded its obligations as an employer and denied them benefits by improperly classifying them as independent contractors, as opposed to employees.

  • May 8, 2007

    Appeals Court Tosses 4 of 6 Claims Against Grasso

    The New York State Attorney General’s office has vowed to appeal after an appeals court in Manhattan threw out four of the six claims in a lawsuit seeking to recover some of the $187.5 million exit package given to erstwhile New York Stock Exchange Chairman Richard Grasso.

  • May 8, 2007

    Unum Group Settles 401(k) Class Action

    Unum Group, the largest disability insurance company in the world, has settled a class action brought by the beneficiaries of a 401(k) retirement plan, the company disclosed Monday.

  • May 8, 2007

    Judge Again Denies Dismissal Of Broadcom Case

    A judge has shot down a request by Broadcom Corp.’s founders and company directors to toss a suit filed by shareholders alleging that they improperly engaged in backdating stock options.

  • May 7, 2007

    Judge: No Committee for Ex-New Century Employees

    A bankruptcy judge on Monday refused a bid by bankrupt subprime mortgage lender New Century Financial Corp.’s former employees to appoint a special committee to represent their interests.

  • May 7, 2007

    DaimlerChrysler Delaying Pension Fund Audit: Suit

    A pension fund’s attempt to audit DaimlerChrysler Corp.’s required contributions has been thwarted by the auto giant’s delays in providing vital employee information, according to a lawsuit filed by the fund.