The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team recently brought suit against USA Soccer, claiming that female soccer players were paid significantly less than their male counterparts, even though their team was much more successful. The suit was filed before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing workplace discrimination laws.
A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against the owners of Southern California IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants by a former employee. The plaintiff, an African-American woman who was an employee of DineEquity, Inc., the owner of several restaurants in and around Los Angeles, accuses her former employer of violating California’s wage and hour laws and discriminating against her and similarly situated employees.
From big retail chains like Target to a small mom and pop-run grocery store, all companies and business owners must take measures to prevent loss of profits via theft. When discussing problems related to theft by employees, members of the public and accounting mistakes in the retail industry, the National Retail Federation uses the term inventory shrinkage. During 2011 alone, the NRF reports that U.S. retailers suffered losses totaling roughly $345 billion due to inventory shrinkage.
Almost everyone has done something in the past of which they're not proud. For some, such acts and actions may have resulted in an arrest and criminal conviction. From youthful indiscretions to simply making poor decisions, many individuals who are convicted of drug, theft or other misdemeanor charges learn from their mistakes and make a conscious and concerted effort to turn their lives around.
While job seekers of the past often turned to the want ads posted in local newspapers, today's job seekers readily rely upon the Internet and a host of career and job websites. LinkedIn is one of most popular and reputable of these job and career sites.
In the LA Times:
A union has filed a complaint against the University of California hospital system, alleging that the hospitals illegally threatened employees during a two-day strike last spring. A hospital spokesperson has denied the allegations, stating that the hospitals did not violate employment laws in the days leading up to and during the strike.
When a company discriminates against a person based upon gender it is against the law. The employee could have a course of action against the company by filing a civil lawsuit. However, when a company has systematically discriminated based upon gender due to a company policy the company could find itself in the middle of an employment class action lawsuit. Wal-mart is attempting to fight an effort to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of women employees in California.
HSRR's Randy Renick and Cornelia Dai are featured speakers at Bridgeport's Annual Wage & Hour Conference taking place December 13-14, 2012. This two day program brings together leading practitioners to explore and explain in-depth the critical aspects of Wage & Hour litigation. This year's program will focus on the ever increasing use of PAGA in wage and hour litigation; key developments in the case law interpeting the white collar exemptions, the enforcement of arbitration agreements and the rules for settling class claims; and increased and coordinated efforts by government agencies to enforce the wage and hour laws. The program will also explore the unique challenges associated with trying wage and hour claims on a class and individual basis with practitioners who have actually tried such cases in court. This well-balanced program offers the perspective of California's leading experienced litigators, as well as government regulators and in-house counsel. More information and registration information can be found at http://bridgeportce.com/bridgeport/index.php/upcoming-programs/8-up-coming-programs/9-wage-hour-los-angeles.