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Don’t Read This: 2016 Workplace Law Year In Review

by Fisher Phillips on

Reverse psychology isn’t the only explanation for the title of this article (although, if you’ve made it this far, it seems to have worked). No, another explanation is that 2016 was a very rough year for employers when it...more

Motel 6 Sued By EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

New Orleans Motel Placed Employee on Unwanted Leave of Absence, Federal Agency Charges - NEW ORLEANS - G6 Hospitality, dba Motel 6, unlawfully placed a pregnant employee on leave solely because of the fact that she was...more

Notice of Rights Enhances Trade Secret Protection

by LeClairRyan on

In order to access the full range of remedies the Defending Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) offers, a trade secret owner must notify employees and contractors of certain rights they have under the DTSA....more

FRANCHISEE 101: What to Do About Franchisor’s Harmful New Policies

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchisees aren't always excited when their franchisor introduces a new policy. But if a new policy overreaches and might doom a franchisee's business, can it be stopped before it starts?...more

Subway franchise sued by EEOC for disability discrimination

Sheridan, IN. Employee Fired After Disclosing His HIV Status, Federal Agency Charges - INDIANAPOLIS - KAY QSRS, Inc. d/b/a Subway, violated federal law by firing an employee after the employee disclosed his disability to...more

March 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This past month’s headline developments involve three major developments in the area of independent contractor (IC) misclassification. The first case involves a large department store that agreed to pay most of the costs of...more

Backlash Against Jimmy John’s Non-Compete Agreement Highlights Risks of Overzealous Business Protection Measures

The submarine sandwich franchise Jimmy John’s has come under fire recently following the publication of a broad non-compete agreement that it has allegedly required rank-and-file employees to sign. The non-competition...more

Oklahoma Chicken Express Franchiser to Pay $15,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Restaurants Exploited Class of Hispanic Cooks by Failing to Pay Overtime, Federal Agency Charged - OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - NSC Chicken, LP, dba Chicken Express, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

Focused on Franchise Law - June 2014

by Lewitt Hackman on

FRANCHISEE 101: Unsigned Franchise Agreement Binds Franchisee's Shareholder - Texas Appeals Court recently held in Pritchett v. Gold's Gym Franchising, LLC that a Texas forum-selection clause in a Franchise Agreement...more

Carrols Corp. To Pay $2.5 Million to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

89 Women To Benefit From Settlement With World's Largest Burger King Franchisee - NEW YORK - Carrols Corporation, the world's largest Burger King franchisee, will pay $2.5 million and take significant remedial steps to...more

Who's in Charge Here? Recent Decision May Cause Headaches for California Franchisors

by Littler on

California is the birthplace of the franchise business model. Today, there are approximately 62,000 independent franchisees operating in California, employing more than 1.1 million state residents. Historically,...more

Even Hooters Has Trade Secrets

by Fisher Phillips on

Hooters Sues Competitor For Trade Secret Theft by Former Hooters Executive But Conspicuosly Omits Former Employee From Lawsuit Hooters recently sued a competitor, La Cima Restaurants, alleging widespread...more

Supreme Judicial Court Issues Two Decisions Regarding the Massachusetts Payment of Wages Act

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued two decisions clarifying the scope of the Payment of Wages Act. First, in Awuah v. Coverall North America, Inc., the Court held that a company which had misclassified...more

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