Employment

  • September 13, 2017

    Portillo's Sued Over Alleged Religious Discrimination

    A former line cook for Chicago-area hot dog chain Portillo’s Hot Dogs LLC filed suit against the company Tuesday, alleging he experienced civil rights discrimination as an African-American and a Christian when restaurant management scheduled him for Sunday shifts after he said he could not work on Sundays for religious reasons.

  • September 13, 2017

    Ex-IT Worker Gets 2.25 Years For Clinic Hack

    A 29-year-old Texas man was sentenced to 27 months in prison Wednesday for hacking into the servers of a medical clinic where he lost his information technology job and buying merchandise from Staples on the clinic's dime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 13, 2017

    Steptoe’s Atty Gets Scolding, Stay In Lawyer Pay Bias Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday granted Steptoe & Johnson LLP a discovery stay in an ex-associate’s proposed class action claiming that the firm’s female attorneys make less than men, but not before scolding Steptoe’s attorney over allegations that the firm “stonewalled” on a required meeting with the opposition.

  • September 13, 2017

    Nike Employees' Wait Time Ruled Trivial In Bag Check Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday granted Nike summary judgment in a class action alleging unpaid wages, ruling that retail workers hadn't proven they spent more than a few seconds of off-the-clock time going through security checks.

  • September 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Refuses To Send Uber-Waymo Feud To Arbitration

    A case in which Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo LLC accuses Uber Technologies Inc. of stealing its trade secrets will proceed to trial in California federal court next month after the Federal Circuit on Wednesday shut down Uber’s request to send the case to private arbitration.

  • September 13, 2017

    Biz Advocates Seek Certainty From Joint Employer Proposal

    “Certainty” was the word of the day at Wednesday’s House of Representatives subcommittee meeting on a proposal to tighten the recently expanded federal test for joint employer liability, as witnesses split on whether the bill or the looser standard it would undo offers businesses more clarity.

  • September 13, 2017

    Uber Can’t Get Partial Win In Drivers' 'On Call' Fight

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Wednesday to toss part of a putative class action accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, reiterating his position in an earlier order that said the issue of whether drivers are working when “on call” can only be resolved after discovery.

  • September 13, 2017

    Texas Justices Query Limits Of School Sex Harassment Claim

    The Texas Supreme Court weighed a school district's challenge Wednesday to a former gym teacher’s sexual harassment and retaliation claims, questioning whether the allegedly harassing comments should be treated as mere bullying.

  • September 13, 2017

    Ogletree Deakins Adds Employment Law Team In Philadelphia

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced it had brought on board four attorneys from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, two of whom have decades of experience and have worked in high-level employment law positions, as additions to the firm’s Philadelphia office.

  • September 13, 2017

    Texas Atty Sues Firm Over Slice Of Possible Million-Dollar Pie

    A Houston-area lawyer has sued his former firm Walne Law PLLC for allegedly violating a fee agreement and denying his right to a share of fees from an underlying contract dispute that could yield millions of dollars in damages.

  • September 13, 2017

    Jackson Lewis Hires Ex-Morgan Brown Employment Atty

    Jackson Lewis PC has announced it has further bolstered its ranks in Boston with the addition of a principal from Morgan Brown & Joy LLP, saying the new hire brings with her years of experience advising clients on a full range of labor and employment law.

  • September 13, 2017

    JPMorgan’s Alleged Defaming Of Worker Privileged: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit declined to revive a defamation and wrongful termination suit filed by a former employee of JPMorgan Chase Bank NA on Wednesday, ruling that Tony Adjian could legally be fired for any reason and the bank’s explanation to regulators was privileged under California law.

  • September 13, 2017

    EEOC Rocks Cruise Line With Suit Alleging Illegal Firing

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued American Queen Steamboat Co. in Tennessee federal court on Tuesday, accusing a river cruise line executive of wrongly firing a head hotel director and then its cruise director for filing a written complaint saying a hotel director made unwanted advances on a bar manager.

  • September 13, 2017

    NJ Whistleblower Law Doesn't Protect Volunteers, Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a firefighter’s lawsuit alleging he was terminated for complaining about alleged wrongdoing within his department, issuing a published decision clarifying that the state’s whistleblower law protections don’t extend to unpaid volunteers.

  • September 13, 2017

    NFL Could Face Another Prolonged Fight In Latest Labor Tiff

    The NFL's disciplinary process is once again under the microscope as the league looks to overturn a ruling that put Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension on hold, but while the league has previously been successful in federal circuit courts, experts say it might not be an easy fight this time around.

  • September 13, 2017

    PAE Pays $5M To Settle FCA Suit Over Vetting Practices

    Security contractor Pacific Architects and Engineers LLC reached a $5 million settlement with the government in a False Claims Act suit over allegations it failed to properly vet personnel working on a civilian police-training contract with the State Department in Afghanistan, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • September 13, 2017

    French Satellite Co. Wants Ex-CEO Suit In Del.

    French satellite operator and broadband service provider Eutelsat SA filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court late Tuesday against the former CEO of its Mexican subsidiaries, saying a dispute brought by him in Mexico over several employment agreements should be heard in Delaware.

  • September 13, 2017

    Senate GOP Starts Latest Health Care Reform Push

    A group of Senate Republicans unveiled their latest effort to jump-start repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, introducing a plan to restructure health care subsidies around state-level block grants.

  • September 13, 2017

    Defense Co. Seeks Quick Win In Retaliation Suit

    A security contractor asked a Virginia federal judge on Tuesday to toss claims from a former employee who oversaw a State Department security contract in Afghanistan that the contractor retaliated against him for pointing out fraud and misappropriation of funds, saying the employee was not engaged in protected whistleblowing activity under the False Claims Act and that he was fired for cause.

  • September 13, 2017

    Architect Slaps Five Guys With Copyright Suit Over Designs

    Architectural firm Soos & Associates Inc. hit Five Guys with a lawsuit Tuesday in Illinois federal court, alleging the fast food chain has violated its copyright by switching to different architects for new store designs while using Soos’ original plans without its approval.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Ways Employers Can Proactively Protect LGBT Rights

    Jim McNeil

    The legal landscape governing workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and/or asexual employees remains uncertain. Most recently, the Trump administration stated it will not change its policy until the Supreme Court takes up the issue. In this context, Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger of Dentons provide steps employers can take to help ensure their workplace is LGBTQIA supportive.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

  • Employer Takeaways From EEOC's $10.5M Deal With Bass Pro

    Gerald  Maatman Jr.

    For employers who are constantly at risk of being the subject of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s next major investigation or systemic pattern or practice of discrimination class action, a closer reading of the terms in its recent settlement with Bass Pro gives valuable insight, say attorneys with Seyfarth Shaw.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Decision Could Be A Bitter Pill For Pharma Cos.

    David O'Brien

    Last month, the Ninth Circuit revived a False Claims Act complaint in United States v. Gilead, relying heavily on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Escobar. This case may have serious consequences for the pharmaceutical industry, potentially opening the floodgates to many other FCA cases, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • What Does Trump’s Raise Act Support Mean For Employers?

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    While the recently introduced Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act is not currently expected to be approved by Congress, the Trump administration’s endorsement of the bill signals transformative changes for employer sponsorship of foreign workers. Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP discuss the most significant changes for employers.

  • DOL Presses Reset Button On Overtime Rule

    Mark Wiletsky

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently published a request for information as the first step in revising the white collar overtime exemption regulations, yet again. The RFI does not focus merely on the proper salary level for the exemptions. Instead, its sheer breadth of questions suggests that the DOL is ready to start over at square one, says Mark Wiletsky of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.