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Wells Fargo Pays $7.8 Million to Settle Race, Sex Bias Claims

Wells Fargo agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle national claims that it routinely discriminated against black and female job applicants, a violation of antidiscrimination laws. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the national banking institution discriminated against more than 34,000 black applicants for various roles, and 308 Read More

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OSHA: Carrier Must Reinstate Driver Who Blew the Whistle on Safety Concerns

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered a California trucking company to reinstate a former truck driver it fired after raising safety concerns about overweight hauling. The instructions from OSHA also required JHOS Logistics and Transportation Inc. to pay the driver nearly $200,000 in back wages, plus an additional $25,000 in punitive damages and Read More

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Worker Alleges Wrongful Termination after Warning Superiors Over COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Katrina Bryant, a former worker at a construction site for a new Amazon warehouse in Boardman, Oregon, alleges she was the victim of wrongful termination after she raised concerns to superiors over safety measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. Allegations in the case Bryant was tasked with safety compliance at the construction site, with duties including Read More

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Server Claims to Have Been Wrongfully Fired After Getting Tested for COVID-19

A former server from a Charleston, South Carolina restaurant filed a lawsuit against the business, claiming he was fired after leaving work to get tested for COVID-19. According to Justin Mackie, the employee in question who worked at Coconut Joe’s, he experienced symptoms (including shortness of breath) at work, and left to get screened due Read More

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San Diego Woman Alleges Wrongful Termination over Childcare Issues During Pandemic

A San Diego woman, Drisana Rios, claims she was fired from global insurance firm HUB International due to the difficulties she was having with managing childcare for her two young children while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rios was an account executive for the firm, and claims she was subjected to regular harassment Read More

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Pair of Vegas Service Unions Reach Agreements with Resort Companies on New COVID-19 Protections After Legal Fight

After months of negotiations, members of the Bartenders Union Local 165 and Culinary Workers Union Local 226 have new agreements in place with a pair of the Las Vegas Strip’s largest resort companies to ensure greater protections for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes several months after the same unions filed lawsuits against the Read More

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Home Healthcare Provider Agrees to $12.5 Settlement in FLSA Case

An in-home healthcare provider based in New York City recently agreed to pay out $12.5 million to settle allegations it systematically denied workers their overtime pay, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That provider, Preferred Home Care of New York (a subsidiary of Assistcare Home Health Services), paid $6.5 million to a Read More

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Department of Labor Ceases Automatically Seeking Double Damages in Settlements for FLSA Cases

As of July 1, the United States Department of Labor is no longer automatically seeking double damages in settlements with employers believed to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There were shifts in FLSA settlement standards this year in response to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. An executive order from President Trump Read More

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Former CFO of Tenet Healthcare Subsidiary Files Lawsuit Alleging Whistleblower Retaliation

Jason Cagle, the former CFO of United Surgical Partners International (a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare in Dallas), filed a lawsuit against his former employer alleging whistleblower retaliation. Cagle had worked for USPI since 2001 and took his position as CFO in January 2013. Tenet bought out USPI in 2015 and owned 95 percent of its Read More

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Whistleblower Claims TSA Worsened the COVID-19 Pandemic

A whistleblower who works for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) alleged the TSA failed to implement appropriate early safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite repeated pleas from employees. As a result, it played a role in worsening the pandemic’s outbreak in the United States. The Office of Special Counsel has now requested the Department Read More

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