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Hooters Among Latest Employers Targeted with Lawsuits over Handling of Employee Fingerprints

The Hooters chain of restaurants recently was in court recently to respond to a lawsuit alleging it violated an Illinois privacy law when it reportedly began collecting and storing employee fingerprints. Hooters’ employees use their fingerprints to check in and out of work shifts and track the amount of hours they work. However, the lawsuit Read More

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Employees of Public Companies Lying About Performance Could Potentially Earn Millions in Whistleblower Awards

Employees and managers of publicly traded companies could recover significant amounts of money if they have proof that executives are purposefully withholding negative or damaging information from shareholders to protect stock values. Given the recent market volatility and record drops we’ve seen in the stock market, this could affect many workers and managers across the Read More

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Federal Jury Awards Montana Man $2 Million in Lawsuit Against BNSF Railway

A federal jury recently awarded a Montana man more than $2.1 million in a wrongful termination lawsuit against BNSF Railway Co. The employee and plaintiff was Zachary Wooten of Columbia Falls, Montana. He sued the company, alleging it violated the Federal Rail Safety Act after he was injured on the job at a Whitefish rail Read More

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Department of Justice Claims Businesses May Discriminate Against Transgender Workers

The U.S. Department of Justice told the Supreme Court in October 2018 that businesses are allowed to discriminate against workers based on gender identity without violating federal law. In an appearance in front of the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the civil rights law that bans sex discrimination in the workplace does not Read More

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Harley-Davidson Punished for Collective Bargaining Violation

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled that Harley-Davidson Motor Co. should have allowed the International Association of Machinists (IAM) to engage in bargaining negotiations before the company offered incentives for employees to resign from their positions. According to reports, a collective bargaining agreement the company had with IAM Lodge 175 gave Harley-Davidson the Read More

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Planning is Important When Dealing with Workplace Harassment Complaints

The age of #MeToo has shed light on just how important it is for businesses and organizations to plan out robust harassment reporting and investigation policies and to be proactive in preventing workplace harassment. Below are a few tips for companies to consider as they develop and implement their harassment policies: Make it easy to Read More

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$54.5 Million Settlement Reached in Overtime Violation Case

Bloomberg LP and a settlement class of help desk representatives reached a $54.5 million settlement in a federal court in New York earlier this summer. The representatives alleged the company wrongfully exempted them from overtime pay. The case in question was brought by a former employee of Bloomberg’s analytics department on behalf of all the Read More

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Former Employee of Ice Cube’s Basketball League Describes ‘Toxic’ Work Environment

Ice Cube’s BIG3 three-on-three basketball league has provided a fun environment on the court for players to showcase their skills. However, the league has also had its fair share of scandal. A former employee has filed a lawsuit against the league, claiming that co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz created a hostile work environment. The employee, Kainoa Henry, Read More

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Supreme Court Rejects a Longstanding FLSA Exemption ‘Narrow Construction’ Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has maintained a standard of construing exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) narrowly for more than 70 years. However, on April 2, 2018, it issued a ruling in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro that broke this tradition. The court ruled 5-4 that the employees involved in the case were Read More

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Court Rules Internal Investigation Reports Prepared by an Outside Counsel are Subject to Work Product Protections

In the recent case of Lassiter v. Hidalgo Medical Services, a former employee of the medical service provider aimed to compel the company to produce reports from an outside counsel, in addition to findings of an internal investigation into workplace harassment claims. The court denied this discovery demand, finding that the documents were protected by Read More

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