Oilfield Layoffs Continue to Grow

Oilfield layoffs are picking up steam once again as energy companies try to recover from a deep industry downturn. The oil and gas industry, providing a myriad of services such as drilling and fracking, is now being tested by the recent plummeting prices of oil as well as a slow down in drilling due to pipeline shortages. This, along with the remaining effects of the 2014 oil bust has caused customers to tighten their belts when it comes to ...

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Overtime Case Against Air Methods Corp. to Settle for $5M

The overtime case against Air Methods Corporation, the air medical helicopter operator that provides emergency air transport to over 100,000 patients every year, has been settled pending the courts approval. The class action lawsuit had accused the company of denying its clinical employees, such as flight nurses and flight paramedics, overtime when they worked over forty hours per week. According to the complaint, the company’s clinical employees worked well over 48 hours per week and their overtime wages were ...

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Panera Bread Ohio Chain to Pay $4.6M in Unpaid OT

An operator for Panera Bread in Ohio is on the hook for millions in unpaid wages. The Panera Bread chain, owned by Covelli Enterprises Inc., operated more than 300 locations throughout Ohio and allegedly improperly classified more than 600 assistant managers as exempt from receiving overtime pay. The class and collective action lawsuit that was brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Ohio labor laws last year, was recently settled and approved by a federal judge for ...

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DoorDash Claims They Will Now Pay its Delivery Drivers All of their Tips

DoorDash, the on-demand food delivery service, will soon be changing its tipping method after facing much backlash with regard to drivers not receiving all of their tips from customers. Even though the company alleges that their drivers or “dashers” preferred working for a flat fee in case people did not tip at all, many were shocked to find that tips were not going to them in full. DoorDash had ...

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Blue Note Jazz Club Allegedly Owes Tipped Employees Unpaid Wages

On May 26, 2019 Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed arbitration demands for unpaid wages on behalf of individuals who worked as tipped employees at Blue Note Jazz Club. In these matters, the company forced its employees to sign arbitration agreements, contracts that prohibit workers from filing claims for unpaid wages in court, and prohibit workers from coming together as a class to reclaim their unpaid wages. Once an arbitration agreement is signed claims that arise, even if they affect all ...

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FLSA Suit in FL Gets Amazon Drivers Conditional Cert.

Delivery drivers for Amazon filed a class action lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act ( FLSA ) in Florida for unpaid wages this past summer. Drivers had accused the e-commerce giant of not paying them the correct rate for all hours worked.

Their lawsuit claimed that delivery drivers and driver associates were paid a flat-rate for loading deliveries onto vans each morning and a day rate for delivering ...

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JPMorgan Bank Employees to Receive $1.85M in Owed OT Wages

JPMorgan ’s bank employees in California started a class action wage lawsuit two-and-a-half years ago that claimed the bank denied them the proper overtime wages and violated a number of labor laws. Relationship managers had accused JPMorgan of misclassifying their job titles as exempt from receiving overtime pay when working over 40 hours a week as well as not being given the proper meal and rest breaks.

Under state and federal laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ...

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NYS Improves Workplace Harassment Laws

The New York State Legislature has significantly revised the state’s work place harassment laws this week. These provisions, pledged to be signed into law soon, focus on anti-harassment and anti-discrimination measures to be taken by all employers with any employees in New York State.

The first significant change is that employers of all sizes, big and small, will be liable under this law, whereas prior to this, only employers ...

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$7.7M in Unpaid Overtime Owed to Steak ‘N Shake Managers

Managers at Steak ‘N Shake recently won a $7.7 million judgement awarded by a jury for unpaid wages, liquidated damages and attorney’s fees. The case focused on the lengthy weekly hours the managers were completing without receiving any overtime compensation.

Often times managers are classified by a company as exempt from receiving overtime pay. This usually means they are paid a set salary regardless of the hours they ...

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$6.7 Million in Deferred Wages to be Paid Out by Credit Suisse

Two brokers and former employees of Credit Suisse had a big win last week when a three-person panel of FINRA arbitrators awarded them at least $6.7 million for owed deferred wages and liquidated damages. Specifically, the amount ordered to be paid by Credit Suisse represents unvested deferred stock the brokers claimed they lost out on when Credit Suisse closed down its U.S doors in late 2015. The original individual amount of $2.8 million requested by each broker was more ...

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