Employment

  • March 14, 2007

    Machinist Accuses BP Of Negligence

    After settling two claims last month, British Petroleum has been hit with a new lawsuit by a former employee who has accused the British oil giant of “flagrant and malicious disregard” for his health and safety in relation to a deadly explosion at a Texas City refinery in 2005.

  • March 15, 2007

    “American Idol” Sex Scandal Leads To Suit

    “American Idol” producers and finalist Mario Vazquez have been attached to a wrongful termination suit in which a former assistant production accountant alleges he was fired after reporting that Vazquez sexually harassed him.

  • March 15, 2007

    Tata Unjust Enrichment Suit To Go Forward: Judge

    A federal judge has denied a bid by India’s largest conglomerate to dismiss a class action in the United States that accuses the company of requiring all of its non-U.S.-citizen employees to endorse and sign over their federal and state tax refund checks.

  • March 14, 2007

    Whistleblowers Banned Under Labor Dept. Deals

    The federal government has given the go-ahead to settlement agreements that banish whistleblowers from their former employer after they alert authorities to safety and security lapses at toxic waste sites and nuclear facilities, according to a report in USA Today.

  • March 14, 2007

    HP Defendants Sidestep Jail

    Former Hewlett-Packard Co. chair Patricia Dunn and three other defendants tied to the boardroom spying scandal at the Silicon Valley computer company will not head to jail for their involvement in the scheme, a judge ruled Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2007

    Class Denied In FLSA Case Against AT&T

    Ruling that employees must share more than a job title to be considered “similarly situated,” a federal judge has denied class status to a group of employees suing their employer, AT&T.

  • March 13, 2007

    Dana Agrees To $78M Trust For Nonunion Retirees

    Bankrupt auto parts maker Dana Corp. has committed $78 million to a trust for nonunion retirees, even as a hearing got underway to determine if the company can reject its labor contracts and benefits for two major unions.

  • March 13, 2007

    FedEx Delivery Drivers Seek Class Status

    Lawyers representing tens of thousands of FedEx workers want to certify two nationwide classes and 10 statewide classes in the multi-district action against the company for misclassifying delivery drivers as independent contractors.

  • March 13, 2007

    Venable LLP

    Though the firm might have begun as a small Maryland operation, the labor and employment attorneys at Venable LLP now enjoy a national presence that continues to expand and deepen as the East Coast powerhouse finds itself embracing a “strong growth mode.”

  • March 14, 2007

    Food Service Faces Suit Over Missed Breaks

    A San Diego, Calif.-based food and beverage service has been hit with a proposed class action alleging that the company has failed to provide hourly employees with adequate meal and rest breaks as required under state law.

  • March 14, 2007

    Executives Bow Out Of Scandal-Addled Juniper

    Telecommunications equipment provider Juniper Networks disclosed on Tuesday the departure of executives Robert Dykes and Robert Sturgeon in the wake of its ongoing stock option backdating fiasco and its recent annual report filing.

  • March 12, 2007

    Teller Sues KeyBank For Negligence

    A former bank teller at KeyBank has sued the company after she was robbed at gunpoint three times over a four-year period.

  • March 12, 2007

    Senate Becomes Latest To Investigate Mercury

    In an unusual move, a Senate subcommittee has asked Hewlett-Packard Co. to disclose information on executive compensation and stock option grants at Mercury Interactive Corp., the software company it acquired last year for nearly $5 billion.

  • March 12, 2007

    Employees Say GM, Bank Mishandled 401(k)

    A group of General Motors Corp. employees has filed a proposed class action against the employer and State Street Bank and Trust Co., claiming the two mishandled their pension funds by making dubious investments.

  • March 12, 2007

    Ex-Brocade Official Wants Separate Trial

    The former vice president of human resources at Brocade Communications Systems has asked that her trial be separate from that of her former boss, saying his testimony is central to her defense.

  • March 12, 2007

    Report: Guest Worker System Is "Shamefully Abusive"

    As Congress begins debating legislation that could greatly expand so-called guest worker programs as a way to curb illegal immigration, a civil rights firm has argued that it should first look into abuses those workers currently endure.

  • March 9, 2007

    Ex-Aide Accuses KeySpan Of Retaliatory Fire

    The former top spokesman at energy giant KeySpan Corporation has accused his one-time employer of illegally firing him as revenge for warning executives about rumors regarding potential accounting improprieties at the utility.

  • March 9, 2007

    Delinquent Payments Violate ERISA: Union

    A plumbers union and its funds have plunged Carrier Corp. into an ERISA battle by accusing the United Technologies Corp. subsidiary of skimping on fund payments and refusing to submit financial reports.

  • March 9, 2007

    Dana's Unions Want Creditors Out Of CBA Debate

    Two unions representing Dana Corp.'s workers and retirees have filed court papers arguing that Dana's unsecured creditors committee should butt out of the fight between the bankrupt auto supplier and the unions over attempts to void collective bargaining agreements.

  • March 9, 2007

    SEC To Probe Executive "Safe Harbor" Trading Plan

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether executives are taking advantage of a legal safe harbor and using a predetermined trading plan while selling stocks on insider news.