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LATEST NEWS AND STORIES

  • Seventh Circuit Notes Denial of FMLA Not a Requirement For Interference Claim

    An employee claims that he contacted the his department's FMLA manager to request taking leave. He had 176 hours remaining for the year. According to the employee, the manager told him, "you've taken serious amounts of FMLA…don't take any more FMLA. If you do so, you will be disciplined." The employee claimed the employer discouraged him from taking FMLA leave.

  • New York Times Confirms Some Claims of Religious Discrimination within Google

    The Fellowship of Friends is a religious sect that seeks to achieve higher consciousness through fine arts and culture. According to a new lawsuit, the Fellowship has an outsized presence in the Google Developer Studio. As many as 12 Friendship members are allegedly working in the department. Kevin Lloyd, a former Google Video producer, filed a lawsuit in a California court alleging religious discrimination.

  • Eleventh Circuit Affirms Trainee Participant Not an Intern

    Brandi McKay attended Miami-Dade County's Forensic Imaging Preceptorship Program, a free, unpaid program lasting six months. She left the Program after about five months claiming she was an employee and sued the County for wage and overtime payments under the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

  • California’s Board Diversity Requirements Struck Down

    A Superior Court judge struck down an April 2022 California law requiring public traded companies to include members from underrepresented groups, including people of different races and ethnic groups and individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ community.

  • Third Circuit Finds Undue Hardship for USPS in Religious Accommodation Suit

    In 2013, the USPS entered into a contract with Amazon to deliver packages every day of the week. An employee said he would not be able to work. The Postmaster offered him the option of attending church services and then coming to work. The Postmaster also asked other employees to cover the Sunday morning shift, which became a burden on the few employees in the office. Ultimately the employee resigned and sued for for religious discrimination in violation of Title VII.

  • Amazon Employee Monitoring Made Public

    Vice published an article sharing how Amazon tracks and records warehouse employees. The company looks at how employees spend "time off task." Using the handheld scanners that track customer packages, Amazon managers track employees throughout the warehouse.

  • Court Notes Limits to Accommodations That Employer Must Provide

    In a recent ADA case, the court noted that an employee has to demonstrate that reasonable accommodations to their job were possible. The appellate court also noted, "In certain circumstances, reassignment to a vacant position can be a reasonable accommodation." However, it is an "accommodation of last resort."

  • Seattle Acts First To Set Minimum Wage for Gig Delivery Drivers

    Referred to as "PayUp," Seattle passed new legislation intended to raise wages for on-demand food delivery, pet sitting, and grocery shopping. The councilmember sponsors assert that app-based workers are "underpaid."

  • Two Former Philadelphia Police Officers Win $1 Million Verdict Against City

    In August 2019, two female Philadelphia police officers filed a lawsuit alleging they were sexually harassed and discriminated against while working on the force, and the department failed to resolve their complaints. A federal jury found the women had endured a hostile work environment, including being assigned undesirable jobs with varying shifts after they complained. The jury awarded each woman $500,000.