Employment

  • August 16, 2007

    Judge Sides With UBS In Broker's Wage Case

    The brokerage arm of UBS has won its motion to dismiss the majority of claims in a wage-and-hour case filed by a former advisor who opted out of a $44 million settlement to take on the financial giant alone.

  • August 16, 2007

    Plaintiffs Must Prove EEOC Filings, Court Rules

    An appeals court has tossed a Title VII lawsuit filed by ex-employees at a clinic, finding that it was the plaintiffs' responsibility to prove that they had submitted charges against their employer in the state civil rights office—a claim they could not back up with records.

  • August 15, 2007

    Diebold Asks Court To Toss ERISA Class Action

    Automatic teller manufacturer Diebold Inc. asked a federal court on Tuesday to throw out a purported class action lawsuit, which alleged that the company had mismanaged its employees' retirement benefits, saying the plaintiffs' claims rested on securities law rather than employment law.

  • August 15, 2007

    Pension Fund Balks At Amaranth's Bid To Dismiss

    A San Diego pension fund has fired back in the feud over collapsed Amaranth Advisors LLC, accusing the hedge fund manager and its former officers of trying to shift the focus away from the alleged fraud at the heart of the case in hopes of having the suit tossed out.

  • August 16, 2007

    Plaintiffs Fight Wal-Mart’s Bid For Protective Order

    A proposed class of current and former employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opposed a motion for a protective order by the retail giant to buy more time to turn over documents in their wage-and-hour dispute.

  • August 15, 2007

    Deutsche Bank Exec's ERISA Claim Stands: Judge

    A district court has removed two claims alleging unpaid bonuses but left intact a former equities manager's final allegation against Deutche Bank AG, which fired him in 2004—that the bank violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in its administration of his severance package.

  • August 15, 2007

    EEOC Passes Torch To DOJ In Sex Bias Suit

    Taking over for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a South Carolina county, accusing the local government of refusing to lift a finger to stop gender discrimination against a female worker.

  • August 15, 2007

    Plaintiffs Seek Certification In Pfizer Class Action

    The plaintiffs in a suit against Pfizer Inc. have sought class action certification from a federal judge in Manhattan, marking the latest development in a series of legal battles between pharmaceutical companies and workers who claim the companies improperly classified them as exempt from overtime pay.

  • August 15, 2007

    FedEx Drivers Are Employees: Court

    In an opinion that could affect the employee classification suits against the package delivery service that have been cropping up nationwide, a California appeals court has upheld a ruling that FedEx Ground Package System Inc. drivers are indeed employees.

  • August 15, 2007

    Caterpillar Pushes To Include Union In Retiree Suits

    Caterpillar Inc. has asked a district court judge to disregard a union's arguments against inclusion in a suit accusing the heavy equipment maker of denying retirees medical benefits.

  • August 15, 2007

    Judge Approves $55M Deal In FedEx Bias Case

    Bringing a race discrimination class action against FedEx Express to a close after more than four years, a federal judge has granted final approval of a settlement, in which the FedEx Corp. unit will shell out about $55 million.

  • August 14, 2007

    Bush Administration Sharpens Immigration Rules

    The Bush Administration released a series of revised rules on Friday designed to pump up the government's power to enforce existing immigration laws.

  • August 14, 2007

    AstraZeneca Fires Back At Plaintiffs In FLSA Suits

    AstraZeneca LP has responded to the plaintiffs in two putative class action wage-and-hour lawsuits that accuse the pharmaceutical company of misclassifying its sales representatives as exempt from federally mandated overtime pay requirements.

  • August 14, 2007

    Employees Plan State Class Action Against Tribune

    A group of newspaper distributors who claim Tribune Co. and its subsidiaries are paying them sums below the minimum wage standard have dismissed their district court lawsuit as they finalize plans to file a class action in New York state court this week.

  • August 14, 2007

    Wal-Mart Pays $4M To Settle California Wage Suit

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay over $4 million in unpaid wages, waiting-time penalties and civil penalties to 50,000 California employees and to the state of California after the mega-retailer voluntarily notified state authorities of a string of payment errors.

  • August 14, 2007

    Baker Hughes Drills Rival With Trade Secrets Suit

    Worried over the “imminent danger” to its oil and gas drilling business, Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations Inc. has decided to take Pathfinder Energy Services Inc. to court after accusing the rival of pilfering a number of its employees in hopes of obtaining critical trade secrets.

  • August 20, 2007

    New Harassment Training Rules Take Hold In Calif.

    California has stepped up its efforts to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the workplace with its latest regulations requiring any U.S. firm with 50 or more workers to provide mandatory sexual harassment training to their supervisors in the state.

  • August 14, 2007

    Colgate Faces Suit Over Cash Balance Pension Plan

    Toothpaste maker Colgate-Palmolive Co. has been hit with a purported class action lawsuit by two former employees who claim they were underpaid pension benefits through the company's cash-balance retirement plan.

  • August 14, 2007

    Lawyer Wants Details Of Psych Exam In DLA Piper Suit

    The woman who accused DLA Piper LLP of discriminating against her and causing emotional distress has asked the judge in the case to more clearly establish the scope and conditions of the psychiatric examination she is required to undergo.

  • August 14, 2007

    Judge Denies Trane's Arbitration Bid In FLSA Case

    A federal judge has refused a request by the air conditioner unit of American Standard Inc. to force its unhappy workers into arbitration over wages, ruling the employees were entitled to take their case directly to court.