A class of thousands of workers at company-run McDonald’s stores urged a California judge Wednesday to let them add claims over withheld meal breaks and additional violations to already-certified claims for unpaid overtime, arguing it wouldn't prejudice McDonald's and is necessary to fairly represent the workers.
The former public relations head of Texas Renaissance Festivals Inc. filed a discrimination suit Tuesday alleging the company fired her because she objected to the owner’s racist and sexist behavior despite her efforts taking the fair to new heights.
A California federal judge said Wednesday the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference cannot delay a putative wage-and-hour class action by a former University of Southern California linebacker despite a possible motion to dismiss based on a recent Seventh Circuit decision that student-athletes are not “employees,” finding that case is “not controlling.”
A Montana federal judge on Tuesday affirmed a $1.42 million jury award to a former Haas Group International Inc. salesman who was fired after complaining about how his commissions were calculated, finding the payment reasonable.
A former employee of the Baylor University Athletic Department filed a state court lawsuit against Pepper Hamilton LLP and the two attorneys who conducted an investigation into the university's response to sexual assault reports, alleging they negligently investigated the matter and libeled him in the process.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday it had promoted agency veteran Rudy L. Sustaita to the post of regional attorney in charge of the Houston District Office.
An East Texas clinical laboratory and its husband-and-wife owners who overcharged Medicare for falsified driving mileage bills have agreed to pay the U.S. government $3.75 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former employee, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
False Claims Act suits recouped $4.7 billion in fiscal year 2016, capping a historic run for FCA enforcement under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
A Florida farm owner accused of discriminating against a class of Hispanic workers because of their national origin slammed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday for trying to admit documents from their pre-suit negotiations, saying federal law blocks these records from being used as evidence.
The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision that JAG Healthcare committed a variety of unfair labor practices when taking over an Ohio nursing home, including firing three employees for supporting the company’s pre-existing union.
David Sanford of Sanford Heisler LLP helped a pair of Chadbourne & Parke LLP female attorneys lodge a landmark $100 million lawsuit accusing the firm of discriminating against them and other women, and guided thousands of female Qualcomm Technologies Inc. employees to a rare $19.5 million pre-suit settlement in their own bias suit, earning him a place on Law360's list of 2016 employment MVPs.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday threw out half of a former DuPont Co. safety operator’s False Claims Act suit accusing the company of not reporting carcinogen leaks, dismissing the employee’s claim that DuPont should have paid the government penalties because of the leaks.
A California appeals court on Tuesday revived an Emmy-winning former CNN producer’s suit against the network, ruling CNN can’t hide behind free speech-protecting laws to escape allegations that it engaged in age and race discrimination and retaliation in firing the producer and labeling him a plagiarist.
A whistleblower accusing Bon Secours Health System of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid and firing her for making such allegations asked a New York federal judge Tuesday for more time to collect and review evidence, given the “extraordinary degree” of bad faith practiced by Bon Secours in producing information.
Thirty former Disney workers sued the company Monday over alleged national origin and race discrimination, claiming in Florida federal court that they were unfairly replaced by Indian nationals.
A local New York Fox reporter said she'd long been cheated out of shifts at work and kept away from the anchor desk thanks to a misogynistic culture of harassment and discrimination handed down from Roger Ailes to her local news director, according to a suit filed Tuesday.
Hospice chain Caris Healthcare LP on Tuesday mounted a sweeping attack on U.S. Department of Justice allegations of Medicare fraud, arguing in Tennessee federal court that a False Claims Act complaint fails under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Escobar ruling and many other standards.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a resource document Monday explaining the "important protections" individuals with mental health conditions have in the workplace under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Leading management-side labor and employment law firm FordHarrison LLP has announced the addition of a partner in its Miami office who brings extensive experience and strong ties to the community.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing J. Walter Thompson Co. LLC and former CEO Gustavo Martinez of sex discrimination, saying the female executive who filed the suit sufficiently pled her hostile work environment claims and adequately alleged Martinez was individually liable.
Given what we know now about "Today" show host Billy Bush's involvement in the recent Donald Trump video scandal, from a business perspective NBC’s decision to fire Bush does not seem that difficult. If his contract has a carefully worded morality clause, NBC would be more than justified in permanently terminating Bush, given that his comments shocked and offended a significant portion of the community, says Jill Cohen of Cohen & Cohen PC.
Last month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the Montrose Memorial Hospital in Colorado. Although the case is in its initial stages and none of the allegations have been proven, it speaks to the EEOC’s ongoing efforts to address claims that protect workers in collective actions, says Steven Gutierrez of Holland & Hart LLP.
The U.S. Department of Labor's recent decision in Palmer v. Canadian National Railway provides critical guidance on the two-stage, burden-shifting framework that governs whistleblower retaliation claims brought under several different laws. In particular, the ruling provides detailed instructions to DOL administrative law judges on how to assess “contributing factor” causation, say Jason Zuckerman and Dallas Hammer of Zuckerman Law.
An assessment of the Yates memo may be somewhat premature in that many white collar cases cannot be built in just one year. In fact, the Yates memo has not yet been cited in a single case or investigation, says Rachel Paulose, a partner at DLA Piper LLP and former U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent case against International Game Technology appears to illustrate the aggressive agenda of the new chief of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower. It should capture employers’ attention given the unique reputational and significant financial risks that employment litigation against the SEC presents, says Steven Pearlman of Proskauer Rose LLP.
A successful immigration program is of paramount importance for companies aiming to maintain reliable access to talent in order to fill critical positions on crucial projects. However, this is no small feat. Lowell Sachs and Stephen Smalley of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC discuss three of the biggest challenges in today’s business immigration arena.
This term of the U.S. Supreme Court will probably be one of the oddest in our history, according to Jim Brosnahan, senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP. Here are some of the dynamics to look for between now and June 2017.
In a cautionary tale of extreme import for health care providers, several subsidiaries of Tenet Healthcare recently agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States and to paying and receiving kickbacks and bribes. There are several significant areas of focus and analysis that providers should review and understand as a result of this matter, say Robert Threlkeld and Edgar Bueno of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave for certain employees imposes another set of onerous requirements on federal contractors. The regulations will be particularly burdensome for small or midsize contractors, given the administrative costs for tracking and complying with the complex regulatory requirements, say attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
From e-discovery to attorney profitability, the technologies of the 21st century have had a major impact on legal practice. Yet the tech revolution has had surprisingly little impact on the form and content of legal briefs — the very bread-and-butter of many legal practices. This is about to change, according to Martin Bienstock of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC.