Employment

  • January 22, 2018

    Ex-Fox Exec Claims Retaliation After Skirt-Lifting Comment

    A former executive at Fox accused the company of firing her after she complained she was harassed with sexist comments by her supervisor and a company-sponsored executive coach who told her to “lift her skirt,” according to a suit filed in California state court Friday.

  • January 22, 2018

    Medtech Startup Wants Stock Back From Would-Be CEO

    A medical technology startup filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court Monday demanding the return of a stock award from a candidate slated to become its CEO who declined the job to take a position with another company.

  • January 22, 2018

    Watchdog Sues OSHA, Says It Shields Injury, Illness Info

    Watchdog group Public Citizen announced Monday that it has sued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for illegally withholding from public disclosure records about workplace injuries and illnesses that businesses were required to submit under an Obama-era regulation.

  • January 19, 2018

    Ex-Banker Hits Wells Fargo With $25M Whistleblower Suit

    A mortgage banker who was temporarily banned by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for manipulating mortgage fees has lobbed a $25 million whistleblower suit against Wells Fargo, claiming it used him as a scapegoat to steer the CFPB’s attention away from its predatory mortgage prices.

  • January 18, 2018

    C&J Energy Services Sues Ex-Managers Over Competing Co.

    C&J Energy Services, a company that specializes in drilling, completing and servicing wells, filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston Tuesday against three former employees and a new company those employees launched, alleging the trio has poached engineers and customers in violation of noncompete agreements.

  • January 10, 2018

    Datameer Directors Want Chancery To Affirm Ex-CEO's Ouster

    The directors of big data analytics company Datameer Inc. launched a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday in a bid to validate the recent ouster of the company’s co-founder and former CEO from the board.

  • January 8, 2018

    LA City Atty Claims Port Truck Drivers Are Misclassified

    The city of Los Angeles filed a trio of lawsuits against major port trucking companies owned by NFI Industries Inc. on Monday, alleging they misclassify truck drivers as independent contractors instead of employees as a “scheme” to avoid paying taxes, benefits and other costs. 

  • January 8, 2018

    Google Memo Author Sues Claiming Anti-Male Bias

     A former Google Inc. software engineer who was fired after authoring a divisive memo criticizing the company's diversity policies hit the tech giant with a putative class action in California court Monday, claiming Google discriminates against conservative, Caucasian men who support President Donald Trump.

  • January 3, 2018

    Dispute Over Calif.-Fla. Legal Partnership Lands In Court

    A California attorney has sued his two former South Florida partners in Florida federal court for allegedly failing to pay him his fair share of profits, but they say they ended the cross-country partnership properly after he failed to perform.

  • January 3, 2018

    Delta Flight Attendants Accuse Airline Of Anti-Semitism

    Four flight attendants filed a lawsuit in New York federal court Tuesday accusing Delta Air Lines of discriminating against Jewish and Israeli employees, non-Jewish employees who associate with them, and passengers traveling to Israel.

  • January 2, 2018

    Immigrants Accuse Calif. Detention Center Of Labor Abuses

    A putative class of immigrants who allege their wages were stolen by the owner of a privately run detention facility in San Diego has sued the company, alleging that it engaged in forced labor and violated federal and state anti-trafficking laws.

  • January 2, 2018

    Law School Biased Against Older Male Employees, Suit Says

    The former head of alumni relations for John Marshall Law School in Chicago sued the school in Illinois federal court Tuesday, claiming he was fired as part of a pattern of discrimination against the school’s older male employees.

  • January 2, 2018

    AT&T Sued Over Planned Layoff Of 713 Unionized Workers

    The union Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO asked a Texas federal court Saturday to intervene in AT&T's planned termination of 713 employees, alleging the move violates the collective bargaining agreement between the parties.

  • December 20, 2017

    Morgan Stanley Sues Former Adviser For Taking Client Info

    Morgan Stanley sued one of its former advisers Tuesday in Illinois federal court, alleging that leading up to and even after his sudden resignation from its Deerfield office last week, Steven Glazer stole confidential client information with the intent to use it after he left his job.

  • December 18, 2017

    'Airplane!' Director, Sinclair Hit With Sex Harassment Suit

    Three women have filed a sexual harassment suit against local television behemoth Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and "Airplane!" director David Zucker in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying they were laid off from their online comedy writing jobs after complaining that a male supervisor demeaned them and mused about whether he'd have sex with them.

  • December 18, 2017

    Health Care Co. Faces Biometrics Suit Over Finger Scan

    Illinois’ Presence Health Network was hit with a lawsuit in state court on Friday by a proposed class of current and former employees that says the company’s finger-scan time-keeping practices violate the state’s biometric privacy laws.

  • December 14, 2017

    Louisville Athletics Says Pitino Must Repay Forfeited Funds

    The University of Louisville Athletics Association on Wednesday said former men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino should cover penalties the NCAA slapped the school with in June, lobbing counterclaims against Pitino in his Kentucky federal suit over his termination after a criminal bribery investigation involving the program he once led.

  • December 13, 2017

    No Coverage For Ex-CEO Of Pot Grower, Insurer Says

    Landmark American Insurance Co. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to absolve it of any responsibility to defend a medical marijuana grower’s ex-CEO in a $5 million dispute between him and the enterprise, saying some of the counterclaims in the underlying matter are excluded from coverage.

  • December 11, 2017

    Pa. Referees File Class Claims Over Contractor Status

    Two Western Pennsylvania referees filed a federal class action suit Friday accusing the organization that oversees high school sports in the state of improperly categorizing them as independent contractors and shorting them on wages.

  • December 7, 2017

    4 Tech Workers Accused Of Stealing Chip Plans For Startup

    Four former employees of Applied Materials Inc. were hit with trade secrets charges in California federal court for an alleged scheme in which they tried to copy the semiconductor company’s LCD chip technology to launch their own venture capital-funded business, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Next Shutdown: How Gov't Contractors Can Prepare

    Kristen Ittig

    The short-term spending bill signed on Monday ended the nearly three-day government shutdown, but it is unlikely to put an end to shutdown politics for good, or even for long. Participants in the federal market should review the challenges presented by shutdowns and be ready for what may come, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • 6 Steps To Complying With New Mass. Labor Laws

    Paul Holtzman

    With new Massachusetts statutes addressing pay equity and pregnant workers taking effect this year, companies in the state should take extra care to ensure that all guidelines, policies and procedures are not only established and documented, but also clearly communicated to and understood by all employees, says Paul Holtzman of Krokidas & Bluestein LLP.

  • The Potential Impact Of Taxing Nondisclosure Agreements

    Allan King

    Recent tax amendments no longer permit corporations to deduct sexual harassment settlements subject to nondisclosure agreements. However, these provisions will likely have a negligible effect on the number of agreements that are subject to disclosure, reduce the value of settlements paid to victims, and the increased taxes that result will be paid largely by victims of harassment, say Allan King and William Hays Weissman of Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Using Section 83(i) To Take Advantage Of New Tax Code

    Marc Fosse

    Last month the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced a new section of the Internal Revenue Code that provides for the deferral of taxation on certain qualified equity grants to employees of eligible corporations. Marc Fosse and Angel Garrett of Trucker Huss APC explain why qualified equity grants can be a helpful tax strategy for employees and an excellent recruiting, retention and incentive program for employers.

  • Tax Reform Reshuffles The Deck For Outsourcing

    Gary Wilcox

    The new tax bill changes the calculus for cross-border services outsourcing and cloud agreements. For a U.S.-parented provider deciding whether to increase its U.S. operations relative to non-U.S. operations, several provisions must be considered, including the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income, the tax on global intangible low-taxed income and the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 4 Issues Of Interest From Revived DOL Opinion Letters

    Shlomo Katz

    Seventeen opinion letters that were signed by the administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division in the closing days of the George W. Bush administration, but never mailed, were recently issued formally. Addressing a range of Fair Labor Standards Act issues, they provide insight into how the current DOL will enforce the law, says Shlomo Katz of Brown Rudnick LLP.

  • America's Shifting Views On Marijuana Post-Cole Memo

    Jonathan Robbins

    Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Trends In FCA Cases

    Kevin McGinty

    The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.

  • Structuring Unpaid Internships After Wang V. Hearst

    Michael Pepperman

    The Second Circuit's recent decision in Wang v. Hearst Corporation, coupled with a recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor, demonstrates that the flexible, multifactor “primary beneficiary” test for unpaid interns established in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures is now easier for employers to satisfy, say Michael Pepperman and Ivo Becica of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.