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Surgeon Claims Retaliation After Blowing the Whistle on Colleague

A Cincinnati surgeon has filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, claiming he was retaliated against when he raised concerns about a colleague’s fitness. Dr. Charles Mehlman claims he was targeted by hospital leadership and two other doctors who served on the “professional provider evaluation committee” after he spoke out. Case background Read More

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Facial ID Vendor Sued by Former Illinois Hospital Worker

A former Illinois employee from Lurie Children’s Hospital recently filed a biometric privacy claim against ID.me Inc., the hospital’s identity verification vendor. The suit claimed it stored her and other Illinois users’ facial data twice as long as it was allowed to, before the vendor changed its policies in 2021. Case background When the plaintiff Read More

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Discouraging Employees from Taking FMLA Leave May Violate the Law

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) bestows eligible employees with the right to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave from work, whether due to a personal or family medical need, or for the birth or adoption of a child. Unfortunately, some employers try to discourage employees from taking their federally protected leave. One Seventh Read More

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Understanding FMLA Interference Claims

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees the right to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave from work due to a personal or family medical need, or for the birth or adoption of a child. Employees must be notified of their rights and prevents the employer from interfering with, limiting or denying Read More

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Signet Jewelers Settles Gender Bias Litigation for $175 Million

Signet Jewelers, responsible for brands like Sterling Jewerlers, Kay Jewelers and Jared, has settled gender bias litigation representing 68,000 female employees. The female employees alleged that Signet Jewelers promoted women less often, and paid them less than men. Case background While Signet and Sterling denied wrongdoing, the cases settled before the company’s classwide September 5 Read More

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Connecticut Professor Wins Whistleblower Claim Against Business School

A Connecticut professor, who was not reappointed after he raised labor practice concerns, was recently awarded over $735,000 in a whistleblower lawsuit. The University of Connecticut School of Business violated labor laws, as well as their own policy against retaliation. Case background Luke Weinstein accepted a director and assistant professor position at the University of Read More

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Jury Awards Carnival Sexual Assault Victim Over $10 Million

A federal jury in Florida recently awarded a sexual assault victim $10.2 million in damages. The plaintiff alleged that a Carnival Corp. employee imprisoned and sexually assaulted her during a cruise. While Carnival alleged the encounter was consensual, the jury found that there was evidence she had been raped by the employee. Case background The Read More

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Former Ryder Truck Rental Employee Sues for Disability Bias

A former Ryder Truck Rental employee with a disability is suing the company for disability bias. Johnny Jacobs’ suit alleges that his supervisor wrongfully removed his driving privileges, despite being cleared by his doctors to drive on Ryder property. Case background Jacobs is permanently blind in his right eye, and has limited vision in his Read More

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AstraZeneca Whistleblower Sues for Age Discrimination and Retaliation

A former AstraZeneca sales manager—and current whistleblower—is suing the company for age discrimination and retaliation. Suzanne Ivie claims that AstraZeneca fired her after she refused to participate in an off-label marketing scheme, and discriminated against her due to her age. Case background 51-year-old Ivie was fired in 2019, after working 19 years with AstraZeneca. During Read More

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JP Morgan Attorney’s Workplace Retaliation Suit Moves Forward

Shaquala Williams, a former compliance attorney at JP Morgan, has sued the company for retaliation after she raised misconduct concerns. The bank filed a motion for summary judgement, alleging Williams was terminated due to poor performance. A New York federal judge denied summary judgement, and the trial will begin this November. Case background Williams’ suit Read More

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