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Employment Law

DOL alleges contractor dropped dime on injured employee

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Boston construction company, alleging its CEO retaliated against an injured employee by facilitating his arrest.

EPA case DOA in Supreme Court, tossed back to 9th Circuit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 25 vacated a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a 2018 Equal Pay Act case for a novel reason: The judge who wrote the majority opinion and cast one of the majority votes died before the opinion was released.

High cost of misclassification: $1.4 million

The owners of a West Virginia coal mine have agreed to settle a U.S. Department of Labor wage-and-hour lawsuit that alleged 214 hourly employees had been misclassified as “salaried” staff, cheating them out of overtime pay.

Bill would make it easier to sue for age discrimination

A bipartisan coalition of representatives and senators have introduced legislation to strengthen employment protections for older workers.

NYC is first to ban bias on the basis of hairstyles

In New York City, a person’s hairstyle is now as protected from job discrimination as their race, gender or religion, according to guidance last month from the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Boston pay case may signal new lawsuit risk

If we’ve learned anything from the #MeToo movement, it’s that awareness of workplace injustice can spark a flood of lawsuits. Now a high-profile case may mean more suits filed by employees and attorneys eager to litigate equal-pay cases.

Supreme Court upholds interstate driver arbitration agreement

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Federal Arbitration Act did not apply to wage claims brought by an interstate truck driver, even though the plaintiff was classified as an independent contractor.

Chang, Chung employees say cha-ching! after settlement

Fourteen restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area will pay 100 employees a total of $126,142 after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Calif. State Senate pays ex-staffer $350,000 after sexual assault

A former California State Senate staffer who alleged she was sexually assaulted by another Senate employee after a night out in Sacramento has accepted $350,000 to settle charges she was fired in retaliation for reporting the incident.

Document the factors you weigh for promotions

Keep careful records of the factors you consider when making promotion decisions. That’s especially true if you don’t give much weight to objective factors such as past performance reviews.