Expert Analysis

Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court... (more story)

NYC Cos. Must Prepare For Increased Sick Leave Liability

A recent amendment to New York City's sick leave law authorizes employees for the first time to sue their employer... (more story)

Employer Best Practices In Light Of NY Anti-Trans Bias Report

A recent report from the New York State Department of Labor indicates that bias against transgender and nonbinary ... (more story)

Labor More

Ex-Philly Union Manager's Allies Get Embezzlement Sentences

Three co-defendants of former Philadelphia union leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty have been sentenced for their participation in an embezzlement scheme spearheaded by the former International Brotherhood of ... (more story)

UAW Tells Mich. Judge To Toss Fiduciary Duty Suit

The United Auto Workers and one of its affiliates urged a Michigan federal judge to dismiss accusations that the union violated its fiduciary duty in connection with an individual's claim for benefits, saying ... (more story)

The Ninth Circuit favored the National Labor Relations Board in two decisions related to a dispute over union dues. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
9th Circ. OKs NLRB's Dues Stance, But Judge Decries Shifts

A Ninth Circuit panel handed the National Labor Relations Board a pair of victories in a dispute over union dues, holding that valid dues authorization forms can be worded in a variety of ways and that employe... (more story)

Longshore Union To Exit Bankruptcy With $20M Settlement

A California bankruptcy judge Thursday approved the International Longshore and Warehouse Union's request to dismiss its own bankruptcy after okaying the union's settlement of a long-running legal dispute with... (more story)

American Airlines Can't Ground 401(k) Suit Over ESG Funds

A Texas federal judge has refused to toss a pilot's proposed class action accusing American Airlines of packing its $26 billion retirement plan with investments that focused too heavily on environmental, socia... (more story)

The Hollywood Writers' Strike Meant Long Hours For This GC

When the Hollywood writers' strike ended in September, there was a 24-hour period of euphoria before Writers Guild staff and members turned their attention elsewhere. Ann Burdick, general counsel of the Writer... (more story)

Wage Rules Don't Apply To Ursinus Bonds, Pa. Justices Say

Bonds arranged by a government-created authority for the expansion of a private Pennsylvania college did not become "public funds" through the government's involvement — or subject the project to prevailing wa... (more story)

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Fired Exec Says Conn. Hospital Booted Her For Her Age

A former Waterbury Hospital executive is suing her ex-employer in Connecticut federal court, saying it posted her job on a career site while she was on medical leave and then fired her so the CEO could "replac... (more story)

Waldorf Astoria's Math Sends Wage Suit To Calif. State Court

A proposed class action claiming a Los Angeles-area Waldorf Astoria hotel owes workers wages will head back to state court after a California federal judge found that the luxury hotel didn't show the amount in... (more story)

Hearst Communication was granted summary judgment over discrimination and civil rights claims brought by its former videographer when a Boston federal judge ruled his reasons for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine fell short of qualifying for a religious exemption. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Hearst Lands Win Over Boston Videographer's Vax Claims

A news videographer's concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine fell short of qualifying as a sincerely held religious belief, according to a Boston federal judge whose ruling Thursday dismissed the fired ... (more story)

11th Circ. Backs Mayo Clinic Win In Race, Sex Bias Case

The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to reinstate a case brought against Mayo Clinic by a Black former clinical specialty representative who alleged she was treated differently than white employees throu... (more story)

ABC Can't Beat Suit Over 'General Hospital' Antivax Firings

A California state judge has refused to ax a religious discrimination claim against the ABC television network by crew members of "General Hospital" who unsuccessfully sought exemptions from its COVID-19 vacci... (more story)

Google Says Worker's Poor Performance Dooms Age Bias Suit

Google urged a Texas federal judge to grant it a pretrial win in a former sales manager's lawsuit alleging the company's push to replace older men with younger female workers cost him his job, saying the evide... (more story)

NJ Public Defender Gets Partial Win In Atty's Bias Case

A New Jersey state judge on Thursday tossed several allegations against the state's Office of the Public Defender in a suit brought by a former employee alleging that she was forced to resign because of discri... (more story)

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Freelance Writers Seek To Block Independent Contractor Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor's new rule regulating whether workers are independent contractors or employees under federal law muddies the classification waters and might put freelance journalists out of work, ... (more story)

Private Prison Guards Want OT For Security Screenings

A private prison operator systematically stiffs correctional workers for time spent in mandatory preshift security screenings, a pair of workers alleged in a proposed class and collective action filed in Tenne... (more story)

BNSF says it fired a worker because it believed he lied about being sick in order to watch the Super Bowl, not because he used medical leave. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
BNSF Says It Fired Conductor For Suspected Lies, Not Leave

BNSF Railway Co. is urging a Washington federal court to dismiss claims that it fired a worker for using medical leave, arguing that the evidence shows the company honestly believed the worker misused leave as vacation days.

Judge Irked By Arbitration Ask Years Into Au Pair Wage Case

A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday twice lobbed the phrase "judge shopping" at lawyers for an au pair placement agency that, four years into a proposed collective wage action by former child care worker... (more story)

Cleaning Co. Says It Has No Connection To Va. Wage Suit

A janitorial services company asked a Virginia federal court to dismiss it from a wage action, arguing it is a mere holding company without personal connections either to Virginia or a cleaner who alleged she ... (more story)

Kaufman Dolowich Adds Partner In New Delaware Office

Kaufman Dolowich has added to its newly launched Delaware office the former co-managing partner of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP's office in the First State.

Charter Must Produce Docs Or Face Sanctions In OT Lawsuit

Charter Communications ducked sanctions for its failure to turn over documents related to allegations that it misclassified trainee employees as overtime-exempt, but a California federal court warned the telec... (more story)