Magistrate Recommends $1.1M Compensation for Dancers in Employment Lawsuit

A recent development in Maryland involves a magistrate judge’s recommendation that a nightclub pay $1.1 million to a group of dancers who filed a lawsuit for unpaid wages. The dancers claimed they were intentionally misclassified as independent contractors to avoid proper payment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brendan A. Hurson found Norma Jean’s Club, operating as PP&G Inc., liable for unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The ruling determined that three individuals were misclassified, receiving no wages, ...

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Kronos Settles Workers’ Ransomware Lawsuit for $6M

Kronos, a company that provides workforce management services, has reportedly agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of its employees. The employees alleged that Kronos was negligent in its duty to prevent a ransomware attack in 2021, which led to the theft of their personal data. As per the recent court filing, Kronos has agreed to pay a maximum of $6 million to settle the lawsuit.

Kronos Private Cloud (also known as Kronos), a timekeeping ...

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Staffing Company Allegedly Forced Workers to Show Up Early Without Compensation

MadiCorp, a temporary staffing company, is facing a proposed collective action filed in a federal court in New York by two ex-employees who claimed that the company transported them to their workplace early every morning but did not compensate them for the overtime hours.  

Former MadiCorp employees have recently filed a complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law. The complaint alleges that they, along with other employees, were consistently underpaid ...

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Old Dominion Faces Lawsuit for Fingerprint Collection from Time Clocks

Old Dominion Freight Company is facing a proposed class action lawsuit in Illinois federal court, alleging that the company’s timekeeping platform unlawfully scanned and retained employees’ fingerprints without their permission. According to the lawsuit filed by John Kararo, the company made workers use a unique “biometric identifier” to log in and out of the time clock system to track hours and attendance, which violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

BIPA outlines the definition of biometric ...

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Millions of Salaried Employees Could Become Eligible for Overtime Pay

As early as May 2023, employees may see changes to the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime regulations. Three U.S. Senate Democrats have proposed a bill that would increase the minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption from $684 per week, or about $36,000 per year, to $75,000 per year by 2026. Additionally, the bill seeks to permanently link the exemption threshold to the 55th percentile of earnings for workers, as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Currently, ...

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Workers Bound by Noncompete Agreements May Be in Luck

Workers across the United States that are bound by noncompete agreements may have some good news coming. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has suggested a new regulation that would prohibit employers from enforcing non-compete agreements on their employees. This common and frequently unjust practice limits salaries, inhibits creativity, and prevents entrepreneurs from launching new businesses. According to the FTC, this proposed rule could enhance overall salaries by approximately $300 billion annually and create more career prospects for ...

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Airline to Pay Flight Attendants Nearly $31M in Unpaid Wages

A federal judge in California has ordered Virgin America Inc. and Alaska Airlines to pay $31M in unpaid wages and penalties to flight attendants who claimed Virgin America and Defendant Alaska Airlines failed to pay overtime premiums, provide meal periods and rest breaks, provide accurate wage statements, and other violations of the UCL and the PAGA. The ruling applies to all affected flight attendants who have worked for Virgin America, Inc. in California between March 18, ...

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Supreme Court Ruling Protects FLSA Overtime Requirements for High and Low Wage Earners   

A recent Supreme Court ruling has upheld a 2021 Fifth Circuit decision which held that despite earning well over minimum wage , if an employee is not paid a set salary by its employer, they may be eligible to earn overtime pay when working over 40 hours per week. This is a huge win for employees across all industries. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), a worker is entitled to overtime pay as long as they do not fall under one of several exemptions, most of which consider in part whether an employee was paid a set ...

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Layoffs in the Tech Industry and Beyond: What Can Be Done as a Recently Terminated Employee? 

Layoffs in the tech industry continue to pile on as we settle into 2023. The wave of hiring freezes and layoffs picked up full steam in 2022 with large tech companies firing more than 5-20% of their work force. Many believe the job cuts are in major part due to over hiring and over paying for talent during the height of the pandemic. Firms hired aggressively to capitalize on the demand for online purchases and social media use during lockdowns. 

These mass ...

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Flight Attendants Get $53.5M Pay Stub Violation Settlement Approved

Flight attendants for United Airlines have just had their significant wage deal for owed wages confirmed by the courts. A California federal judge has recently given their initial approval of the $53.5 million settlement resolving claims that the major airline failed to provide adequate wage statements as required by California Labor Code. Affected individuals include all current and former flight attendants employed by UnitedAirlines based at a California airport between August 2014 and March 31, 2023. Over 5,000 flight attendants stand to benefit from this payout.

The lawsuit which was originally filed back in 2015, alleged that United Airlines did not provide detailed and accurate wage ...

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