28Dec

NOVARTIS AGREES TO SETTLE SEX DISCRIMINATION SUIT FOR $8 MILLION

Earlier this year, a class and collective lawsuit was filed by two female former-employees of the Alcon eye-care products unit of Novartis, alleging that the Company discriminated against female employees by denying them equal pay and promotion opportunities. The lawsuit


18Dec

TEMP WORKER QUALIFIES AS EMPLOYEE IN DISCRIMINATION SUIT

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a client of a temporary staffing agency could be considered an employer in race bias suit. In Faush v. Tuesday Morning, Inc., Labor Ready, a temporary staffing agency, assigned Faush to work at a


11Dec

NEW JERSEY BASED ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING FIRM TO PAY $2 MILLION IN FALSE CLAIMS ACT SETTLEMENT

In a press release issued yesterday, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that Accutest Laboratories, an environmental testing firm based in Middlesex County, will pay the State $2 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims


02Dec

NEW JERSEY LATEST STATE TO PASS “BAN THE BOX” BILL

New Jersey has become the twelfth state to pass “ban the box” legislation, which prohibits employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history during the initial stages of the interviewing process.  The law, titled “The Opportunity to Compete Act,”


12Nov

HOULIHAN’S RESTAURANT IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK ACCUSED OF TIP VIOLATIONS UNDER THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT

On September 28, 2015, Secretary of the United States Department of Labor, Thomas Perez, filed a lawsuit against A.C.E. Management Group, operator of 17 Houlihan’s restaurants located in New Jersey and New York, and it’s President/Part-Owner, Arnold Runestad, for violations


05Nov

NEW YORK GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WOMEN’S EQUALITY

A few weeks ago, New York Governor Cuomo signed various pieces of legislation in an effort to protect and further women’s equality in the state of New York.  The new laws are designed to help achieve pay equality, protect victims


07Oct

PANASONIC RESCINDS CONFIDENTIALITY RULES

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently approved an agreement between the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), an organization that exclusively represents employees involving employment-related matters, and Panasonic Corporation of North America regarding the Company’s confidentiality rules. The Company agreed


24Sep

BORGATA’S DRESS AND GROOMING RULES FOR SERVERS RULED NON-DISCRIMINATORY

The New Jersey Court of Appeals ruled last week that the dress and grooming policies for cocktail servers, known as the “Borgata Babes,” at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa did not constitute sex discrimination under the New Jersey Law


11Sep

SPLIT RULING IN NURSE’S DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CLAIM

Plaintiff Maryanne Grande worked for Saint Clare’s Health System for 10 years before she was terminated.  During her tenure at the hospital, Grande injured herself while caring for patients on four separate occasions. Her most recent injury was a neck


02Sep

SECOND CIRCUIT RULES THAT FLSA SETTLEMENTS MUST BE APPROVED BY COURT OR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

In Cheeks v. Freeport Pancakes House, Inc., a server/manager sued his former employer for unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York labor laws.  After engaging in some discovery, the parties


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