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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2018 – The operator of a nationwide chain of gas stations has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a claim that it unlawfully rejected a manager’s request for an accommodation for his bad back. Gregory D. Jordan, an employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan in Austin, Texas, notes, “This case helps illustrate why it is so important for an employer to have a candid discussion with any employee that asserts he or she has a disability and requests a reasonable accommodation.” Murphy Oil USA, in addition to paying damages, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2018 – A delivery driver for Amazon and its contractor NEA Delivery Services alleges she was not permitted breaks or overtime pay in a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status. Yolanda Champion worked for Amazon and NEA from March to August 2017 in California. She says that during that time the companies were understaffed which led her and other delivery drivers to commonly work 10-hour days without rest periods. Champion says they were also paid a day rate that did not account for overtime. She is looking for other plaintiffs who worked as […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2018 – The Salk Institute for Biological Studies agreed to a settlement in two gender discrimination lawsuits filed by its female researchers. Salk President Fred “Rusty” Gage and the plaintiffs Katherine Jones and Vicki Lundblad announced the agreement in a joint statement. Jones and Lundblad, who still work at Salk, filed separate lawsuits last year alleging the biomedical research center discriminated against them in terms of pay, promotions and funding. Deborah Dixon, the women’s lawyer, said she could not discuss the settlement terms, as they are confidential. A third female researcher, Beverly […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2018 – The restaurant chain Burgers & Beer illegally denied males the same employment opportunities as females, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges in its federal lawsuit. Since at least 2015, the EEOC claims, the chain routinely rejected male applicants and employees from server positions because of their gender and upheld a pool of servers that was more than 90 percent female. Burgers & Beer has six locations in California’s Imperial Valley, according to the company’s website. The EEOC argues that employment practice violates Title VII of the Civil Rights […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2018 – Mueller Industries Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million to end a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that charged the global manufacturing company with discriminating against workers with disabilities. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The EEOC argued Mueller fired employees who exceeded its 180-day maximum leave policy, which disadvantaged workers with disabilities. The EEOC also asserted the company’s strict enforcement of its leave policy goes against the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2018 – Cyberbullying victim files NY legal proceeding against Yahoo!/Oath, Inc., CommTouch Software, Ltd., and Cyren, Ltd., seeking preservation of evidence and court-ordered disclosure of identity of anonymous cyberbully-user. A special proceeding was filed and an Order to Show Cause signed by Justice Paul A. Goetz, on Monday, October 22, 2018, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in Manhattan, in a cyberbullying and Internet harassment matter targeting the petitioner, Ms. Lindsey Shamblen, an authorized user of the Twitter and PeriscopeTV social media platforms, seeking pre-action discovery, disclosure and […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2018 – A new nationwide study from U.S. News & World Report reveals states along the West Coast and in the Northeast, including New Jersey, are ones that tend to have laws that favor workers. The analysis comes at a time when employers’ power continues to increase, as recent Supreme Court rulings have favored corporations and salaries have barely budged – even with low unemployment. When federal regulations of workers’ rights have loosened, it is up to the states to create and enforce laws to protect employees. New Jersey, the report says, has […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2018 – Alexia Diorio wants to fight for workers’ rights as an attorney, just as she did during her prior career as a labor organizer. Thanks to the McCormack and Erlich Law Firm, she has another $1,000 to help complete her legal studies at UC Berkeley as the firm’s 2018 scholarship recipient. “Alexia is an outstanding young legal talent with a proven record of fighting for workers’ rights in the United States,” said McCormack & Erlich’s Jason Erlich. “She is a very deserving recipient and a very bright hope for underprivileged workers.” […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2018 – Other employers including Facebook, Ikea and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have been added to a class action lawsuit in which older workers allege job ads posted on Facebook illegally target younger users. The Communications Workers of America, a labor union representing media employees, filed the suit in California federal court in December. In its initial filing, the union called out Amazon, T-Mobile and Cox Media Group for carrying out biased recruiting practices. The suit centers on Facebook’s business model that permits advertisers to narrowly target the social media network’s users based on […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2018 – To settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area and its affiliate Calidad Industries Inc. will pay $850,000 to eight former and current employees. The suit, which was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleged that six female janitors working the night shift at the Oakland Federal Building were continuously sexually harassed by their direct supervisor. Some of the janitors were young, new to the workforce and had developmental disabilities. The suit also claims two managers suffered retaliation for supporting the […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2018 – The outstanding New York City employment law firm of Lipsky Lowe LLP is excited to announce the arrival of its newest associate: Milana Dostanitch. Certain she will be a wonderful addition to the practice, the existing team is impressed by her experience and established skills, as well as her impressive credentials. Like the rest of the Lipsky Lowe team, Milana counsels clients on a broad range of employment issues, including unpaid wages, misappropriation of tips, workplace harassment or retaliation, and discrimination based on age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2018 – San Diego-based company Tarr Inc. and Zenith LLC will pay $50,000 to victims in a pregnancy discrimination suit and provide other relief as part of a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the lawsuit, the company fired a female employee a few days after she informed them of her pregnancy. The company also did not allow another pregnant employee to return to work after she took maternity leave, the EEOC claimed. The alleged actions violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as […]


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Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech Company, has opened a new location in Kansas City, Missouri to help lawyers develop effective SEO and marketing plans for their law firms. Kansas City, MO (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2018 – Kansas City lawyers can meet with Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) team members to discuss search engine optimization (SEO) strategies, pay-per-click marketing, website design, branding and more. The new Kansas City location is part of Custom Legal Marketing’s effort to give law firms a local exclusive marketing partner. As Missouri’s biggest city, Kansas City is an increasingly competitive legal market with a large […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2018 – A man sued his employer for wrongful termination after he was allegedly fired in retaliation for complaining that the company was defrauding Alameda County in California through improper billing practices. Alton Elmore filed a lawsuit against his employer KRA Corporation and Pamela Carnes, KRA’s program manager, in Alameda County Superior Court on March 19. Elmore worked for KRA as a business services consultant for more than two years until he was fired on October 26, 2017. His job duties included assisting Alameda businesses with recruitment services and educating them about […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing topped a field of over 6,000 entrants to receive a Platinum Hermes Award for design excellence for the new website of McCormack & Erlich, San Francisco employment lawyers. This is the second award Custom Legal Marketing has won for its work on the McCormack & Erlich website, Mcelawfirm.com. Earlier this year, CLM won a Muse Award for inspiring achievement in design and advertising. One highlight of the McCormack & Erlich website is a compelling, interactive presentation of workplace sexual harassment issues. The site walks the fist-time visitor […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2018 – On Thursday, June 21, 2018 New York’s Third Judicial Department held that couriers for the web-based delivery service are independent contractors – not employees. In doing so, the court overturned the New York Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board’s (NYUIAB) decision on this issue and handed business a major win. The case is In the Matter of the Claim of Luis A. Vega. Several factors led the court to this decision: that the workers work without much oversight from Postmates; that they do not have to apply for a job; that they […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2018 – This past Saturday, AMC suspended TV host Chris Hardwick over allegations he sexually and emotionally abused his ex-girlfriend and co-worker Chloe Dykstra. In addition to being morally the right thing to do, it is legally wise. Federal, New York State, and New York City all have laws that prohibit sexual harassment: Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. The burden of establishing a claim under each differs. Under New York City law, someone must show only that they were treated […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2018 – From Harvey Weinstein to Fox News, a new strategy is emerging on how companies attempt to address sexual harassment claims in the #metoo era. Faced with sexual harassment complaints, companies are retaining outside sexual harassment attorneys for the sole purpose of investigating the claims and then drafting a report. These are, importantly, NOT the same attorneys who are defending the companies against the claims. Companies are following this strategy for a few reasons. Under federal and many states’ laws, a company has an affirmative obligation to investigate these claims. If […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has opened a strategy center in Wilmington, Delaware, to help attorneys competitively market their firms in an effective and efficient manner. Wilmington, one of the most populous cities in the state, has enormous potential for attorney marketing. As the population continues to increase, competition for legal clients is also bound to get tougher. Custom Legal Marketing’s search engine marketing solutions can help lawyers compete in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware. Additionally, Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) offers attorneys a No Competition Guarantee which means […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2018 – Data is king in marketing, and Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has it in spades with its new report and analytics lounge. Launched in January, the Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) Lounge integrates with multiple services and allows law firms to see their entire marketing campaign in a single dashboard. “Law firms deserve to see a clear picture of where their marketing dollars are going,” said Custom Legal Marketing Co-Founder Jason Bland. “CLM has always championed transparency in all its work for its clients.” Indeed, CLM built their original lounge […]


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