Judge Approves $3.7 Million Overtime Settlement for Meat Processor in Ohio

A $3.7 million settlement between a meat processor and a class of employees in Ohio has been granted approval by a federal judge, effectively resolving their unpaid overtime claims and closing the case permanently.

The approved settlement will distribute $2.4 million proportionally among class members, comprising current and former non-overtime-exempt Fresh Mark production employees from February 22, 2019, up to the present. Considering the three-year statute of limitations, this payout equates to a 56% recovery of their total damages, leading ...

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SIM Scam Suit Allowed to Proceed in Washington

A federal judge in Seattle has rejected the majority of T-Mobile’s request to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit accusing the company of enabling SIM swap scams through its service. While two of the plaintiff’s claims have been dismissed, the judge has permitted the continuation of the remaining four allegations.

In February, a T-Mobile customer from Illinois filed a lawsuit claiming to have fallen prey to a “SIM swap scam.” In this scheme, fraudsters persuaded the wireless carrier to activate ...

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Understanding Clopening Shifts in New York City

In the world of employment law, the term “clopening” has gained traction in recent years, sparking discussions about fair labor practices in fast food restaurants. A clopening shift refers to the practice of scheduling an employee to close the business at night and then return to open it the next morning, often leaving little time for rest and recovery. This practice can be physically and mentally demanding and has raised concerns about its impact on employee well-being and safety.

A clopening ...

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Court Upholds Wage Increase for Food Delivery Workers in New York

On Thursday, a judge ruled in favor of New York City regulators, allowing them to proceed with increasing the minimum wages for app-based food delivery workers. This decision came after three major delivery companies contested the rule.

The recently enacted minimum pay legislation, designed to prompt tech companies to provide fairer compensation for gig workers, mandates that platforms initially pay workers around $18 per hour, beginning in October. This hourly rate will progressively rise to $20 by ...

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Flight Attendant Alleges Spirit Airlines Wrongfully Denies FMLA Leave

A former Spirit Airlines flight attendant claims that the airline is unlawfully denying employees their entitled unpaid family or medical leave by failing to accurately account for all the hours worked, which is a violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This assertion is part of a proposed class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Nevada.

In the lawsuit, a former Spirit Airlines flight attendant alleges that Spirit Airlines excluded the hours spent ...

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DOL Revises Prevailing Wage Assessments for Construction Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has given the green light to a new rule under the Davis-Bacon Act that changes how prevailing wages are determined for construction projects funded by the federal government. This update will lead to a significant change to wage assessments and is great news for those in the construction industry.

The Davis-Bacon Act affects nearly all government-funded projects and is a common piece of prevailing wage legislation. Basically, it says that companies working on these projects ...

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$72.5 Million Settlement for Home Depot’s Unpaid Overtime Receives Initial Green Light

In a significant development for Home Depot and its employees, a federal judge in California granted initial approval for a substantial $72.5 million settlement. This settlement brings an end to a prolonged and complex legal battle that spanned seven years, addressing class claims accusing Home Depot of neglecting to compensate its workers for off-the-clock work.

The Judge also authorized the certification of three subclasses. The first subclass comprises hourly, non-overtime-exempt workers in California. The second subclass includes ...

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Delay in Implementation of NYC Minimum Wage for App-Based Delivery Workers

A recent decision by a New York state judge has postponed the implementation of a new rule in New York City that aimed to raise the minimum wage for app-based delivery workers. Companies like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber have challenged the rule, arguing that the rule was biased, which led to a delay in its enforcement. The judge has scheduled a hearing for the end of July to further address the matter.

In their lawsuit filed on ...

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Female Workers Allege Disney Underpaid Them $150 Million

A group of current and former employees of The Walt Disney Co. have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company has unfairly paid women in middle management positions at least $150 million less than their male coworkers in similar roles. The employees are seeking class treatment for their case and have presented their claims to a judge in Los Angeles.

The women who initiated the proposed class action against The Walt Disney Co. originally filed their lawsuit ...

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New York City Implements New Law to Raise Minimum Wage for Delivery Workers

In a significant move to tackle the issues faced by delivery workers, New York City has introduced a new law that establishes an increased minimum wage for food couriers employed by delivery platforms such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, Relay, and Grubhub. The main purpose of this law is to respond to the concerns raised by labor rights activists and the city’s comptroller, who have highlighted their belief that the existing minimum pay is inadequate in covering ...

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