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Three El Super Grocery Stores Fined for Violating COVID-19 Leave Rules

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office fined three El Super Grocery Stores in the southern part of the state for failure to comply with COVID-19 leave polices. The fines punished the grocery stores for failing to provide or delaying supplemental paid sick leave and other such benefits to 95 workers across the three stores. The grocery Read More

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Prime Healthcare Whistleblower Lawsuit Results in $37.5 Million Settlement

Prime Healthcare, its founder Dr. Prem Reddy and a cardiologist based in California settled a whistleblower lawsuit for a total of $37.5 million, which will be paid to the federal government and the state of California. The plaintiff in the lawsuit was Phillips & Cohen LLP, which alleged the healthcare chain illegally paid kickbacks to Read More

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Walmart Must Pay $125 Million to Former Employee after Disability Bias Lawsuit

A jury awarded a former Walmart employee with Down syndrome more than $125 million in a disability discrimination lawsuit. The compensatory and punitive damages in the case will be reduced to $300,000, the maximum allowed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A Walmart spokesperson portrayed the EEOC’s demands related to the case as “unreasonable.” The Read More

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Want to Qualify for an SEC Whistleblower Award? Here’s How to Perfect Your Claim

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently amended the rules of its program, allowing more leeway for submissions from would-be whistleblowers. Under the new rules, whistleblowers who first failed to comply with some procedures required by the commission can take steps to amend or “perfect” their submission to ensure their eligibility for awards. Here’s what you Read More

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Racist Trophy at Car Dealership Becomes Subject of EEOC Lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued an auto dealership in Dallas (AOD Ventures Inc., dob Autos of Dallas) for race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Case background According to the lawsuit, a black salesman received a trophy at a holiday party dubbing him “Least Likely to be Read More

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Bolsters Its Whistleblower Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working on making it easier for whistleblowers to come forward with their claims. A newly published website helps whistleblowers organize their claims and gather information before submitting what they have to the organization. About the NHTSA whistleblower program The NHTSA’s whistleblower program is primarily focused on vehicle Read More

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Ohio Hospital Must Pay $21.25 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations

Akron General Health System (AGHS) recently agreed to a $21.25 settlement to end whistleblower lawsuits alleging the organization violated the False Claims Act’s Anti-Kickback Statute. The whistleblower who brought the case under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act was Beverly Brouse, who served as Director of Internal Audit at the company. She Read More

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SEC Awards Whistleblower with $1.2 Million Payout

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently awarded a whistleblower with $1.2 million after they provided the agency with valuable information and ongoing assistance that led to a successful enforcement action. The award was just the latest in a record fiscal year for the SEC’s Whistleblower Program. Since October 1, 2020, through this Read More

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Edward Jones & Co. Must Pay $34 Million to Settle Discrimination Case

A federal court approved a $34 million settlement between Edward Jones & Co. and black financial advisors at the company, ending years of litigation. In addition to the financial settlement, the company agreed to promote greater inclusivity in its corporate culture. Case background A group of black financial advisors (FAs) at the company originally filed Read More

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Judge Allows Whole Foods “Black Lives Matter” Mask Lawsuit to Continue

A federal judge ruled a lawsuit regarding “Black Lives Matter” masks worn by Whole Foods workers will be allowed to proceed, overruling the initial dismissal in the district court. According to the legal team on behalf of those workers, Whole Foods and Amazon violated anti-bias laws when they invoked a rule that ordered employees to Read More

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