28Oct

NY ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA FRANCHISEE FOR $2 MILLION

Earlier this month, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued the owners of five Papa John’s pizza restaurants located in New York City for $2 million.  Papa John’s has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General


27Oct

QUINN EMANUEL MOVES TO SUMMARILY DISMISS TEMPORARY ATTORNEY’S OVERTIME CASE

In March 2014, William Henig filed a putative class and collective action against law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhard and Sullivan LLP, and Providus New York LLC, a staffing company.  Henig is an attorney who was hired by Defendants on a


24Oct

THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RENDERS DECISION IN FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT RETURN TO WORK CASE

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed the trial court’s decision that granted summary judgment in favor of defendant in a retaliation and interference case under the Family Medical Leave Act. In rendering its decision in Budhun v. Reading


22Oct

EEOC APPEALS DISMISSAL OF PREGNANCY BIAS CASE AGAINST BLOOMBERG TO SECOND CIRCUIT

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission originally brought a class action suit on behalf of dozens of women against Bloomberg L.P., a company employing more than 15,000 people, alleging pregnancy discrimination.  The EEOC claimed that Bloomberg discriminated against women by


20Oct

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SIGNS OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE ACT

As we previously reported, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced the Opportunity to Compete Act last winter, which would limit the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process.  On August 11, 2014, Governor Christie signed this bill into


17Oct

COMMERCE BANK FOUNDER DENIED $17 MILLION SEVERANCE PACKAGE

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the decision of the lower court and denied Vernon Hill II, the founder of Commerce Bank, a $17 million “golden parachute.”  Hill was terminated in 2007.  


16Oct

U.S. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ABERCROMBIE & FITCH RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION CASE

Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Look Policy,” which governs the appearance of its salespeople, has come under fire by employees who claim they were prohibited from wearing religious items while at work.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it


15Oct

SECOND CIRCUIT REVERSES SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF TELEPHONE CLAIMS ADJUSTERS EMPLOYED BY GEICO

In 2009, Candace Harper brought a collective action on behalf of telephone claims adjusters for  unpaid overtime against Geico Insurance Company.  The 302 adjusters that opted into this action argued that Geico improperly classified them as exempt employees under the


02Oct

TD BANK AGREES TO $9.9 MILLION OVERTIME SETTLEMENT IN ASSISTANT STORE MANAGERS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Last month, TD Bank NA agreed to pay $9.9 million as a class action settlement over allegations that the bank failed to pay overtime wages to assistant store managers.  The lawsuit, filed in February 2013 by current and former TD


22Sep

THIRD CIRCUIT RULES AUTHORIZATION OF CLASS ARBITRATION SHOULD BE DECIDED BY COURTS

The Third Circuit ruled that courts, not arbitrators, should determine whether an arbitration agreement entered into by two parties allows for classwide arbitration.  The Third Circuit’s decision reversed the lower court’s ruling that the availability of class arbitration was a


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