Disability Discrimination Lawsuit against Prominent Airlines Settles for $9.8 M

After being hit with a disability discrimination lawsuit, American Airlines and Envoy Air, its largest regional carrier, have just agreed to settle the nationwide class action lawsuit. The airlines will pay $9.8 million in stock to hundreds of its employees who claimed they were victims of disability discrimination. If cashed out now, the stock would be worth over $14 million.

This disability discrimination lawsuit was filed through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency that advances ...

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Oil and Gas Workers Awarded $1.8M for Overtime Claims

Oil and gas workers of a major Canadian based energy company have settled a lawsuit for overtime claims in Colorado. The Canadian company, Ensign Energy service, was accused of wrongfully classifying these oil and gas workers as salaried employees. Even though the company can pay these types of workers a salary, their job duties must keep them exempt them from receiving overtime pay. In this situation, the oil and gas workers were being paid a salary, but ...

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Lowe’s Resolves Disability Discrimination Claims Paying Workers $8.6 M

Lowe’s, one of the largest home improvement retailers in the country, settled an $8.6 million lawsuit that alleged wrongful termination due to disability discrimination. A lawsuit was brought by three former employees alongside the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) representing all workers who had taken a medical leave for more than the allowable time off by the company and subsequently fired because of it. The lawsuit alleged Lowe’s violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This case was resolved this past ...

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Staten Island Hospital Settles Big in Unpaid Overtime Case

A hospital worker, Robert Volpe, at Staten Island University Hospital filed a wage and hour lawsuit against the facility in May of 2015. The phlebotomist and lab technician working within the hospital’s Dyker Lab Patient Service Center was completing at least 60 hours of work per week for the last 6 years and paid a salary of approximately $65,000. Volpe was never paid overtime but was required to work long hours.  Now, not even a year later, the hospital has ...

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BofA Settles Overtime Lawsuit

Bank of America, the second largest national bank, has settled a class action overtime lawsuit for $14,000,000. The lawsuit alleged the bank failed to pay its Financial Advisor Trainees in the Merrill Lynch unit their overtime pay. The trainees claim they were working 60 hours or more per week and were not compensated at time and a half what their hourly rate would be for overtime.

Approximately 9,500 trainees nationwide will be benefiting from this settlement if approved by the court. ...

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Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Charge On for Better Wages

Professional cheerleaders for the NFL around the nation are pushing for their rights. Some of these side line entertainers and half time performers for the Buffalo Bills are stepping forward and demanding an increase in wages and better treatment as employees. The main issue in their push for better wages stems from how cheerleaders are categorized by the Buffalo Bills and the NFL in general. It has become common practice in the industry to categorize cheerleaders as independent ...

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Sara Lee Pays Up in Discrimination Lawsuit

Dealing with discrimination and harassment in the workplace can be very difficult. However, there has been a recent victory for those fighting against unjust working conditions in the form of a $4,000,000 settlement in a discrimination case against Sara Lee. African American workers of a Sara Lee factory in Paris, Texas rallied together and initiated a lawsuit against the company for what is now heralded a landmark racial discrimination case. The facility in question closed down in 2011 ...

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