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Recent Jury Verdicts

Published by on November 28, 2007

CT -- Judge cuts $5 million from $12 million award in GE discrimination case. NY -- Jury awards former Newsday copy editor $100,000 for discrimination in connection with repetitive-stress injury. CA -- Jury awards $1 million to former correctional officer in sexual harassment case. GA -- CNN wins jury trial alleging race and age discrimination in connection with non-renewal of contract ...

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Checking Out Job Applicants On The Internet

Published by on November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving dinner brought out a number of interesting anecdotes about the practice by employers of screening job applicants based on their Facebook or MySpace pages.  Apparently it is now common for hiring managers to review social networking sites of applicants to see whether they "fit" the department's culture.  One article cites a 2006 CareerBuilder.com survey as reporting that 26% of hiring managers ran an internet search on applicants while only 12% checked social networking sites.  Re...

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Staples Announces $38 Million Class Action Settlement

Published by on November 21, 2007

Staples, Inc. announced a $38 million settlement of a wage and hour class action in California involving 1,700 assistant managers who were allegedly misclassified as exempt from overtime pay.  The company had previously estimated the potential liability in the case in SEC filings as up to $150 million.  The settlement is subject to court approval. (h/t Wage Law for the initial read on this story) ...

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Court Holds That Vacation Pay Is “Wholly Contractual”

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In an opinion dated November 15, 2007, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that employer liability for vacation pay upon termination is "wholly contractual."    The court stated that "when employers choose to offer paid time off as a benefit, employers and employees can contract for the circumstances under which employees are entitled to paid time off and payment in lieu of paid time off, so long as the contract provisions are not prohibited by or otherwise in conflict with a statute." The c...

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New FLSA Opinion Letters

Published by on November 20, 2007

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publicly released several Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) opinion letters today.  The two most interesting letters deal with cattle industry Field Inspectors and court reporters.  In the first letter, the DOL found that because a cattle industry Field Inspector generally spent the majority of his time managing his assigned district and supervising staff (and was paid on a salary basis over the minimum amount), he met the requirements of section 541.100(a) ...

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Federal Study Suggests That Employers Win Small Number of Employment Discrimination Claims On Summary Judgment

Published by on November 19, 2007

(h/t Workplace Prof Blog) An initial report by the Federal Judicial Center on summary judgment practice across the federal district courts suggests that between 9% - 14% of all employment discrimination cases are actually terminated on summary judgment (Table 12).  The report shows that between 34% and 38% of all defendants file a motion for summary judgment in employment discrimination cases.  (Table 7).  In employment discrimination cases, the defendant was the moving party on summary ...

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