Was it Wrong for Amazon to Fire a Worker Who Protested Unsafe Working Conditions?

The Guardian reported on March 31, 2020, that a New York worker for Amazon was fired for protesting unsafe COVID-19 working conditions. Strikers in Staten Island had demanded that Amazon close its JFK8 warehouse for cleaning – after there were reports that several employees had tested positive for the novel coronavir...

Facebook Contesting Notice of Collective Action to Employees Who Signed Arbitration Agreement Waivers

In another notable case reported by the National Law Review, Bigger v. Facebook in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, collective action was certified based on the Fair Labor Standards Act. The case includes complaints that Facebook did not properly pay overtime to specific employee groups. ...

Automatic Liability for Businesses When Supervisors Commit Harass or Take Discriminatory Conduct against Employees

Liability for harassment by supervisors The EEOC states that, harassment is a pervasive employment problem. There are different types of harassment such as sexual harassment and racial harassment. Employers who commit harassment or who are responsible for the acts of the supervisors or workers can be found liable fo...

US District Judge Certifies USNWT Case as a Class Action Lawsuit

US District Judge Certifies USNWT Case as a Class Action Lawsuit In a strong ruling for the women players on the US national soccer team, Sports Illustrated reported on November 8, 2019 that the players’ lawsuit for pay equity would be certified as a class action. The judge also approved class representative statu...

Key Labor Code Laws When Employers Misrepresent Their Work to Solicit Employees to Move

Labor Code 970 can be used as the basis for a civil complaint against an employer. It provides that: This statute provides that: “No person, or agent or officer thereof, directly or indirectly, shall influence, persuade, or engage any person to change from one place to another in this State or from any place ou...

Supreme Court Invalidates Class Action Lawsuit on the Basis It Wasn’t Expressly Authorized

The trend of the US Supreme Court to make it harder for consumers and employers accountable continued with a 5-4 decision in the case of Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela. More and more the Supreme Court, according to Slate Magazine, which reported on the Lamps Plus, Inc. case, is favoring employers who draft employment contr...

New Ninth Circuit Ruling Applies Dynamex Decision Retroactively – Making It Hard to Say Workers aren’t Employees

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 2, 2019, that the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision can be applied retroactively. Dynamex changed the rules in the new gig economy – the sector of the economy that uses apps to help drive business while giving workers flexible hours. Both the Dynamex decision and...

Fashion Retailer To Pay $3.5M To Button Up EEOC Probe

Cato Corporation, a Seller of Women’s Fashions, Agrees to $3.5 Million Payment of EEOC Investigation The EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced that Cato Corporation was settling EEOC allegations for millions. The settlement resolves charges that Cato mistreated pregnant employees and mistr...

California Employees Leaves of Absence, Transfers, Telecommuting and Mental Health Issues

What California Employees Should Know about Workplace Accommodation in 2018: Leaves of Absence, Transfers, Telecommuting and Mental Health Issues By: Steve Danz, Esq. What is the status of workplace accommodation in California courts? California workplace accommodation was a hot area for litigation in 2017; a tren...