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Goodwill Industries of Southern California settles sex discrimination case with US Department of Labor

Goodwill Industries of Southern California settles sex discrimination case with US Department of Labor Agreement includes more than $130,000 in back wages for 200 male applicants and 18 job offers LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that Goodwill Industries of Southern California has agreed to settle allegations of systemic discrimination stemming from […]

Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices

Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge […]

Outback Steakhouse to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Phoenix Restaurant Fired Server Because of His Traumatic Brain Injury, Federal Agency Charged PHOENIX – Outback Steakhouse will pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC’s lawsuit, EEOC v. OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC d/b/a Outback Steakhouse and […]

Award of Backpay Under FMLA Could Include Overtime Compensation

First Circuit Court In this case, on a matter of first impression, the First Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that an award of backpay to an employee for the employer’s violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) properly included overtime compensation.Juan Pagán-Colón, an assistant manager at a Walgreens in Puerto Rico, brought […]

Starbucks Liable to Baristas For $14 Million

First Circuit Court of Appeals There can be no better introduction to this case than that of the First Circuit: As society matures and employment law evolves, legislatures have lavished more attention on the policies and practices used by employers with respect to customer gratuities. Massachusetts is in the regulatory forefront on these cutting-edge issues. […]

DOJ Issues Ruling on use of Medical Marijuana

  The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidelines in several states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of “medical marijuana.” We have had several inquiries about whether the DOJ advice to Federal prosecutors regarding pursuing criminal cases will have an impact upon the Department of Transportation’s longstanding regulation about the use of marijuana by safety‐sensitive […]