Employment

  • January 30, 2008

    Smithfield Foods Gets OK For RICO Suit V. Union

    Smithfield Foods Inc. got the OK from a federal judge Tuesday to pursue a racketeering lawsuit against a union that has attempted for years to organize workers at the company's North Carolina hog slaughterhouse.

  • January 30, 2008

    Societe Generale Group Vies For Case File Access

    An association of Societe Generale shareholders and former employees has said it will file a criminal complaint to gain access to the depositions and testimony associated with a judge's inquiry into the scandal at the French bank.

  • January 30, 2008

    Q&A With Kelley Drye & Warren's Barbara E. Hoey

    There seems to be no letup in FLSA litigation. If a company has employees, it is a potential target for a wage-and-hour lawsuit, says Kelley Drye & Warren's Barbara E. Hoey in our series of chats with high-profile employment lawyers.

  • January 30, 2008

    Internal Report Describes Shenanigans At Comverse

    Internal investigations at Comverse Technology Inc. have found that executives backdated stock options and often manipulated earnings to meet Wall Street's expectations for the company, according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • January 29, 2008

    MSJ Based On Motor Carrier FLSA Exemption Fails

    A Mississippi court rejected a summary judgment bid from a company that transports Medicaid patients to doctors' offices, ruling that Regency Transportation Inc. hadn't put forth enough evidence to back up its argument that the plaintiffs, who are suing for unpaid overtime, fell within the motor carrier exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • January 29, 2008

    Wal-Mart Employee's Retaliation Case To Proceed

    A court ruled on Friday that a case brought by an employee against Wal-Mart for alleged retaliation after she prevented company documents that later became evidence in a fraud case from being shredded could go forward.

  • January 30, 2008

    NLRB Erred In MCA Bargaining Decision: Court

    An appeals court has held that the National Labor Relations Board incorrectly found that Mail Contractors of America violated its duty to bargain with a union when it unilaterally changed a relay point on one of its trucking routes following an impasse in negotiations.

  • January 29, 2008

    Talent Managers Catch Break In Calif. Ruling

    Departing from precedent, California’s high court has ruled that talent managers can collect commission payments from their celebrity clients even if, in defiance of the state’s Talent Agencies Act, they have secured entertainment jobs for them.

  • January 28, 2008

    Honolulu Whistleblower Wins $3M Jury Award

    A jury has awarded $3 million to a former Honolulu official who alleged that she was fired after taking issue with the way the city interfered with her authority.

  • January 28, 2008

    JP Morgan Chase, HSBC Face New Class Actions

    JP Morgan Chase & Co. and HSBC Finance Corp. have been hit with putative class action overtime lawsuits in federal court in California, seeking relief for a nationwide collective class under federal wage-and-hour law.

  • January 28, 2008

    SafeNet CFO To Serve Time For Options Backdating

    A former SafeNet Inc. executive has been sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a $1 million fine for her role in backdating millions of dollars of employee stock options grants.

  • January 28, 2008

    Evidence Over Qui Tam Pay To Govt. Official Barred

    A District of Columbia federal judge has barred the nonprofit group Project on Government Oversight from presenting evidence regarding allegedly illegal payments made to a government employee in a whistleblower action against oil companies.

  • January 28, 2008

    Effect, Not Intent, Makes Rule "Retaliatory": Court

    A Florida state court ruled Wednesday that a county government's policy of terminating internal investigations into employees' discrimination claims when the employees filed charges with outside agencies was effectively, if not intentionally, retaliatory.

  • January 28, 2008

    Wal-Mart Cleared Of Sex Offender's Bias Claim

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been cleared of Title VII violation claims that its alleged policy against hiring registered sex offenders is discriminatory, because the civil rights law does not recognize sex offenders as a protected class.

  • January 28, 2008

    Coca-Cola Hit With New Race Discrimination Suit

    A group of black employees in a Coca-Cola Bottling Co. factory in Ohio has sued the company, saying that they have been consistently subjected to a hostile work environment.

  • January 28, 2008

    Comverse Faces $72M Suit From Former CEO

    A little over a week after Comverse Technologies Inc. filed a fraud suit against former chairman Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, the ex-exec has fought back, filing his own $72 million fraud suit against his former employer.

  • January 29, 2008

    Individuals, Not Just Pensions, Can Bring ERISA Suits

    An appeals court ruled on Monday that two doctors could sue a bank for breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income Securities Act individually, rather than on behalf of their pension plan.

  • January 25, 2008

    Truckers Need More Time Off, Union Charges

    An appeals court has refused to enforce two previous orders requiring the federal government to diminish the number of hours truck drivers are permitted to work, leaving a controversial interim regulation standing.

  • January 25, 2008

    Executives Named In Broadcom Backdating: Report

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday reportedly named two co-founders of communications giant Broadcom Corp., Henry T. Nicholas III and Henry Samueli, as potential co-conspirators in an options backdating scheme.

  • January 25, 2008

    Best Buy Faces Another Suit Over Unpaid Work Time

    Discount retail giant Best Buy Co. Inc. has routinely subjected its employees to security searches off the clock, forced them to work through unpaid meal and rest breaks, and failed to compensate them for all of their work, according to a lawsuit recently filed in a New York State court.