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


19Sep

AMBIGUITY IN GOLDMAN SACHS’ BYLAWS CAUSES THIRD CIRCUIT TO VACATE RULING IN FAVOR OF EX-EMPLOYEE

Sergey Aleynikov, a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs, was convicted of trade secret theft in 2009 under federal law.  After serving one year in prison, his conviction was overturned.  Shortly thereafter, Aleynikov was again charged in New York State


11Sep

TRANE U.S., INC. AGREED TO PAY $55,000 TO NEW JERSEY WOMAN TO SETTLE DISCRIMINATION CASE

Charnelle Gilliard of Ewing, New Jersey began working for Trane, a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand, in July 2010 as an assembler.  In May 2012, upon the advice of her prenatal physician, Gilliard stopped working.  She was approved for temporary disability


08Sep

NINTH CIRCUIT RULES THAT UNITED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IMPROPERLY DENIED BENEFITS TO WELLS FARGO EMPLOYEE

On January 25, 2015, a Wells Fargo employee was hospitalized at Pacific Shores Hospital for severe depression, anorexia and pneumonia and was described to be “skeletal in appearance.”  The patient had been eating 200 calories per day, inducing vomiting and


29Aug

LEXISNEXIS SETTLES RETAIL THEFT DATABASE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FOR $2.38 MILLION

Lead plaintiffs, Keesha Goode and Victoria Goodman, brought a class action lawsuit against LexisNexis alleging that it had illegally distributed damaging information compiled in its Esteem database to current and prospective employers.   According to the suit, Goode was denied


28Aug

BOEING ALLEGED TO HAVE IMPLEMENTED AGE BIAS SCHEME

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, the union which represents engineers and technical workers at Boeing, alleges that Boeing implemented a scheme to engage in age discrimination on a “breathtaking scale.”   Last month, the union filed a


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