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Yoga and Massage Therapist Fired for Being “Too Cute” Sees Gender Discrimination Revived on Grounds of Unjustified Spousal...

A New York appeals court recently ruled in Edwards v. Nicolai (153 A.D.3d 440 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep’t 2017)) that an employment termination motivated by the sexual jealousy of an employer’s spouse may support a claim for...more

California Court Rules PAGA Plaintiffs Need Not Assert Injury, or Employer Knowledge, to Collect Penalties for Paystub Violations;...

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A California Court of Appeal dealt another blow to employers in a recent ruling interpreting the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). In Lopez v. Friant & Associates, the court considered the proof required for a...more

Ontario Court Rules Working Notice Wrongly Applied in Mass Termination Class Action

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Superior Court) recently granted summary judgment in favour of a class of employees who were part of a “mass termination” following a business closure. The Superior Court’s decision in...more

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part: Fifth Circuit Rules on Compensability of Pre-Shift Wait Time

While the Portal-to-Portal Act sounds more like a science fiction movie than a wage statute, it comes into play every day for hourly employees. Enacted in 1947 in response to litigation following the relatively new (at the...more

Beware the Rumor Mill: Massachusetts Court Finds Reporting of Rumored Office Romance May Be Protected Activity

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Seyfarth Synopsis: A Massachusetts federal court has found that reporting a rumored office romance and complaining about paramour favoritism can be protected activity that is protected by anti-retaliation laws. The court also...more

The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the latest district court decisions involving the President’s so-called travel ban, in which a Hawaii court fully enjoined the proclamation, while a Maryland court allowed it to stand as to...more

Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment Law: “Me Too”

The reports of women who went on the record to accuse Hollywood businessman Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other abuses, evoked the following recent Twitter message by Alyssa Milano: “If you’ve...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For October 2017

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Home health aides who successfully objected to the collection of “fair share” fees without their consent may not proceed as a class, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, has ruled,...more

Are "Draws" Against Commissions Unlawful "Kick-Backs"?

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Media reports have mistakenly suggested that a recent decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) found the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to prohibit recouping a draw or...more

Court Finds General Contractor Liable For Subcontractor’s Employees

In a decision with potentially huge ramifications for the construction industry, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that employees of a framing and drywall subcontractor were also the employees of a general contractor...more

New York Whistleblower Awarded Over $1 Million...For Now

Last Tuesday, a former JPMorgan wealth manager was awarded $1.13 million by a jury in the Southern District of New York for her claims under the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Nonetheless, the staggering...more

Practical Reminder: Personal Email Is Discoverable

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Last week, a federal judge presiding over a sex discrimination case ordered several members of management to search their personal email accounts and turn over all relevant information. The ruling serves as a reminder of the...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor: Issue 7 Fall 2017

Ogletree Deakins’ Traditional Labor Relations Practice Group is pleased to announce the publication of the fall 2017 issue of the Practical NLRB Advisor. This issue considers how the confirmation of management-side attorney...more

Court Confirms That “Perceived Alcoholics” Can’t Bring Workplace Claims In NYC

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In a solid win for New York City employers, the New York Court of Appeals held that a worker cannot bring a disability discrimination claim under New York City law based solely on a perception of untreated alcoholism. Through...more

Pay Equity Litigation – Even winning can be expensive!

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The Third Circuit’s affirmation of summary judgment in a pay equity case after ten years of litigation shows that even non-meritorious claims can be time-consuming and costly. As many who have been involved in lawsuits know,...more

The Obama Administration’s Overtime Final Rule: Unlawful and Revisited

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On October 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) filed a notice to appeal a decision by Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, holding that the Overtime Final Rule (“Final Rule”) was unlawful. The...more

Ninth Circuit Orders Gross Ups for Back Pay Award

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In a short published opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the Third, Seventh and Tenth Circuits, and split with the D.C. Circuit, over whether a federal district court may award a “tax...more

New York State Enacts Comprehensive Criminal Conviction Sealing Law

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Enacted through the 2017-2018 New York State Budget, and effective October 7, 2017, a new law in New York State makes it possible for individuals convicted of certain criminal offenses to have up to two convictions sealed....more

The U.S. Supreme Court, Unions, And The Future Of Collective Bargaining In The Public Sector

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case that has the potential to rock the world of unions that represent public sector employees in Rhode Island and throughout the country. The Court will decide whether state...more

SCOTUS Will Not Review CFAA Password Sharing Case

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The United State Supreme Court recently denied certiorari in Nosal v. United States, 16-1344, declining to weigh in on the scope of unauthorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). The Ninth Circuit held...more

E.D. Virginia Allows FCA Whistleblower Retaliation Claim To Proceed

Background. Plaintiff worked with the Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment for the Department of Veteran Affairs (“Senior Advisor”) to develop an online veterans’ employment assistance program. The Senior Advisor’s husband...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: EEOC Trial Tactics Lead To Massive Sanctions Award

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After more than ten years of protracted litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, an Iowa federal district court recently upheld an award of nearly...more

Anarchy In The UK: What Does November 10th Milestone Misclassification Ruling Mean For American Gig Economy Companies?

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While misclassification battles over the status of gig economy workers rage here in the United States, we are by no means the only country grappling with these thorny 21st-century legal issues. On Novemeber 10th, in fact, an...more

Partnering Perspectives - Fall 2017

With the US poised to decrease regulation and the outcome of Brexit unknown, multinational institutions face a great deal of unpredictability in the regulatory landscape. In this edition of Partnering Perspectives, we look at...more

401K Not OK: ERISA Class Certified Under Rule 23(b)(1)(B)

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A New York district court granted certification in an ERISA class action brought by employees of Deutsche Bank alleging the individual fiduciaries of the company’s retirement plan engaged in self-dealing and mismanagement of...more

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