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Mealey's Labor & Employment - Correction Facility Operator Will Settle Sex Harassment Claims For $550,000

PHOENIX - The Geo Group Inc., the operator of the Central Arizona Correction Facility and Arizona State Prison-Florence West Facility in Florence, Ariz., will pay $550,000 and provide other relief to settle sexual harassment and retaliation claims filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - High Court Won't Hear Former FEC Attorney's Whistleblower Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 8 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a former Federal Election Commission (FEC) attorney who claims that she was wrongfully fired in retaliation for allegedly blowing the whistle on a nominated commissioner (Marne K. Mitskog v. Merit Systems...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. High Court Won't Weigh In On Firing Of Delta Agent Following Alleged Theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 8 declined to hear an appeal filed by a former airline customer service agent alleging that he was improperly fired after he allegedly stole money from a customer's lost purse (Carlos Clemons v. Delta Airlines, Inc., No. 17-597, U.S. Sup.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Change For Disability Plans' Claims Procedures To Be Effective April 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Jan. 5 announced that a final rule amending the claims procedure requirements for employee disability benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will go into effect on April 1.

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Split 4th Circuit Reinstates EEOC's Equal Pay Act Claims Against Maryland Agency

RICHMOND, Va. - A divided Fourth Circuit U.S. Court Appeals panel on Jan. 5 reinstated Equal Pay Act (EPA) claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the behalf of three women against the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), finding that a jury must decide whether the reasons...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 8th Circuit Finds ConAgra's Decision To Deny Severance Benefits Claim Supported

ST. LOUIS - An Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 5 affirmed a district court's decision in favor of a food company that denied severance benefits under a plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, finding that the evidence showed that an employee did not have good...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - New York Federal Judge Dismisses Class Claims Over PBM's Pricing, Allows Amendment

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Jan. 5 dismissed Employee Retirement Income Security Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act class claims against the largest pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) and a health insurance provider over prescription pricing, but gave the plaintiffs 21...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 6th Circuit Won't Review Certification In Nurses' Missed Breaks Wage Suit

CINCINNATI - A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 8 denied an employer's petition for permission to appeal a district court's certification of a class of nurses in a collective action filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) seeking wages for missed breaks (In re: Marietta...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge Dismisses Some Claims In ERISA Class Action Against Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee federal judge on Jan. 5 granted in part and denied in part Vanderbilt University's motion to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit accusing it of mismanaging its employee retirement plans in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Loren L. Cassell...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Car Dealership Tells High Court That 'Service Advisors' Are Exempt From Overtime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Car dealership "service advisors" are salesmen primarily engaged in "serving automobiles" and, as a result, are exempt from receiving overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a California dealership argues in its reply brief filed Jan. 8 in the...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 7th Circuit: Stonework Company No Longer Has To Contribute To Multiemployer Fund

CHICAGO - A stonework company that transferred away from using union members and started employing more highly skilled setters and finishers did not owe a multiemployer pension fund a withdrawal liability, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 8, finding that the fund waived its statutory...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 3rd Circuit Vacates Dismissal, Remands ERISA Claim For Review Of Exhaustion

PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 8 reversed a district court's dismissal of a union carpenter's claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in relation to his pension and remanded the case for review of whether he exhausted his administrative remedies...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 8th Circuit: Fired Employee Failed To Show Religious Or Gender Discrimination

ST. LOUIS - An account executive who was fired for poor performance following multiple issues with his main account failed to prove his claims that the reasons given for his termination were actually pretext for religious and gender discrimination, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Suit Alleging Fiduciaries Did Not Protect ESOP From Harm

CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 8 affirmed a lower federal court's dismissal of a putative class action alleging that the fiduciaries of a publically traded company's stock ownership plan breached their duties by failing to protect the plan from harm caused by the...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Class Plaintiffs Failed To Prove Company Concealed Information On Stock Value

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 9 affirmed a district court's dismissal of a class action complaint alleging that 401(k) plan fiduciaries concealed information regarding the company's stock value after determining that the class plaintiffs failed to support their...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Health Insurer Says It Followed ERISA Plan Guidelines, Judgment Warranted

TAMPA, Fla. - A court can adequately manage its docket without staying proceedings while considering a motion for remand, a motion it should deny and then grant summary judgment, because an insurer's actions complied with the terms of the insured's Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Class Of Eddie Bauer Employees Certified In Bag Check Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 10 ruled that claims for unpaid minimum and overtime wages, wage statement violations and violations of California's unfair competition law (UCL) are appropriate for class treatment in a lawsuit brought by Eddie Bauer LLC employees who allege...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Participant To High Court: Foot Locker Concealed Pension Plan Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Changes by Foot Locker Inc. and Foot Locker Retirement Plan (collectively, Foot Locker) to a pension plan were concealed from employees, and a trial court did not err when it found that the misconduct constituted equitable fraud and violated the Employee Retirement Income Security...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 2 Response Briefs In Agency Fee Appeal Ask High Court Not To Overturn Abood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mandatory public-sector agency fees for employees who choose not to join a union where the fees are used to support collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance adjustment are constitutionally sound, respondents in an agency fee appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - No Stay In Wages Class Suit While California High Court Considers Questions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 10 denied a motion to stay a certified class action seeking wages for time spent going through bag checks and unreimbursed business expenses pending decisions by the California Supreme Court in two cases concerning wages, finding "a fair possibility"...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert In ERISA Forum-Selection Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 16 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a retiree seeking reinstatement of terminated health benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (George W. Mathias v. United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Professor's Due Process Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 16 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a University of Kentucky professor who alleges that during his removal as chair of a university department, he was denied liberty and property without due process of law (Richard A. Crosby, PhD v. Eli...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. High Court Won't Rule On Authority Of Magistrate Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 16 denied a petition for writ of certiorari by Wisconsin's Labor and Industry Review Commission seeking to overturn a decision by the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that found that a magistrate judge lacks authority to enter final judgment...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Ogletree Attorney Seeks More Than $300 Million In Equal Pay Act Class Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart favors men in pay, promotions and other opportunities, and leadership fosters an environment where women are marginalized and demeaned, one female attorney and nonequity shareholder of the firm alleges in her class and collective action complaint...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Domino's Franchisor Hit With Class Suit By Delivery Driver For Reimbursements

DENVER - A Domino's Pizza franchisor employs a flawed method to determine its per-trip reimbursement rate for its delivery drivers, causing their wages to fall below minimum wage during some or all workweeks, a former driver alleges in her class complaint filed Jan. 15 in the U.S. District Court...