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Class Action Roundup: Winter 2018

by Alston & Bird on

Where the (Class) Action Is - Welcome to 2018 and the latest edition of Roundup covering significant decisions and settlements from the last quarter of 2017. On the docket this quarter is another slate of cases covering a...more

Court Upholds Termination of Teacher for Sexually Harassing Co-Teacher

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Neshaminy School District v. Neshaminy Federation of Teachers, 171 A.3d 334 (Commw. Ct. 2017): The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that an arbitrator decision violated public policy by reinstating a teacher after...more

"No-poaching” agreement takes center stage in class certification case against backdrop of heightened federal scrutiny

by Dentons on

Now when the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to bring its first criminal antitrust cases based on “no-poaching” agreements, a recent federal district court decision in Seaman v. Duke University1 highlights the...more

Dr. King’s Message Rings True Today In The Context Of The LGBTQIA Community

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham in 1963, "[t]here are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws....How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?...Any law that...more

Ninth Circuit Adopts Primary Beneficiary Test to Determine Whether Vocational Students Are “Employees” Under the Fair Labor...

by Payne & Fears on

In a case of first impression in the Ninth Circuit, Benjamin v. B&H Education, No. 15-17147 (9th Cir. December 19, 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the “primary beneficiary test” to determine whether...more

It’s Cut And Dry: Ninth Circuit Adopts “Primary Beneficiary” Analysis, Concludes Cosmetology And Hair Design Students Were...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Former students at a cosmetology and hair design school with locations in California and Nevada were interns and not employees entitled to wages under the FLSA or state law, the Ninth Circuit has held. Benjamin v. B&H...more

Lousy Internship Experience Does Not Convert It Into Paid Work

In recent years, a number of companies have faced lawsuits from unpaid interns who claim that they should have been compensated for their work. The Department of Labor considers internships to be subject to federal minimum...more

Penn Succeeds in Dismissing Retirement Plan Proposed Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Since August 2016, sixteen elite colleges and universities have faced class action lawsuits related to management of their retirement plans. After five cases previously survived motions to dismiss, the...more

Web Exclusive: Supreme Court Review: Mixed Bag For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 2016-17 Supreme Court term was truly a mixed bag for employers. The Court limited presidential power, reined in the appellate courts’ authority to review and overturn trial court decisions regarding EEOC subpoenas,...more

Cutting Class: Teachers’ Motion For Class Certification Denied In Race Discrimination Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Four African-American teachers alleged that their school district employer discriminated against them on the basis of race by failing to hire them as assistant principals, and filed a motion for class...more

Medical Residents and Title IX - What Teaching Hospitals Need to Know

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Last month, Baker Donelson reported the surprise ruling out of the Third Circuit in Jane Doe v. Mercy Medical Center in which the court held that the discrimination and harassment prohibitions of Title IX apply to a private...more

Update On University Section 403(B) Cases: Inconsistent Rulings

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b)...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

MEA's 30 Day Window for Opt-Out Violates PERA

by Clark Hill PLC on

On May 2, 2017, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a unanimous ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ("MERC") that the Michigan Education Association ("MEA") committed an unfair labor practice and...more

Employees in Educational Programs: Expanded Options for Suits

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers who are operating educational programs or activities – whether inside or outside educational institutions – take note: a recent court decision adds to a split in the federal appellate courts by allowing employees...more

The 7th Circuit's Landmark Anti-Gay Discrimination Ruling

by Payne & Fears on

On April 4, 2017, an en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal Court of Appeals to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on...more

The NLRB Rules That It Will Assert Jurisdiction Over Nonteaching Employees of Religious Institutions And Nonprofit Religious...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In its 2014 landmark decision in Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that it will assert jurisdiction over faculty at religious colleges and universities unless the college or...more

Circuit Split on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil...more

Seventh Circuit Becomes First Federal Court of Appeals to Hold That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited Under Title...

In an 8-3 en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit has held that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII. In so holding, the...more

Landmark Appeals Court Ruling Extends Title VII Protections To LGBT Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Groundbreaking Decision Could Lead Other Federal Courts To Follow Suit - This week, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal court of appeals in the nation to rule that sexual orientation claims are...more

Seventh Circuit Recognizes Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a landmark decision issued on April 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, No. 15-1720 (en banc) that discrimination in employment based on one's...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Dismisses Former University Employee’s Claims for Access to Research Materials and Wrongful Termination...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a noteworthy case involving an employed scientist’s allegations of wrongful termination for reporting research misconduct, the Maryland Court of Appeals in Yuan v. Johns Hopkins University refused to recognize the federal...more

Historic Seventh Circuit Decision Gives LGBTQ Employees More Protections

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a landmark opinion issued Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court in the country to extend the protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to sexual orientation...more

Federal Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Covered Under Title VII

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

In what could be labeled a landmark decision, a federal circuit court extended Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins to hold that, as a matter of law in every case, a claim of sexual orientation discrimination is a claim of sex...more

Medical Resident: Student, Employee, or Both? Third Circuit Finds Hospital Residency Program May Be Subject to Title IX

In a recent case of first impression, the Third Circuit found that a private teaching hospital’s residency program was an “education program or activity” for purposes of a discrimination claim asserted under Title IX of the...more

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