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Division I football players in California were not ‘employees’ of NCAA or PAC-12

April 28th, 2017

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
Dismissing a putative class action by a former Division I football player at the University of Southern California, who claimed the NCAA and PAC-12 Conference violated the FLSA and state law by failing to pay players minimum wages and overtime, a federal district court in California agreed with a majority of [Read more...]


‘Thorn in side’ of UBS whistleblower’s SOX claim for retaliatory firing survives

April 28th, 2017

By Rebecca Kahn, J.D.
A registered broker-dealer’s employee who was fired after refusing to bow to corporate pressure to skew his independent analyses for the benefit of his employer survived summary judgment on deposition testimony alone. A federal district court in New York ruled that a rational jury could find that the employee was objectively and [Read more...]


Mental patient paid for part-time ‘therapeutic’ work was ‘employee’ of state hospital

April 28th, 2017

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
A trial court erred in determining that no employer-employee relationship existed under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) between a state-run facility and a residing patient who performed part-time work while being treated for pedophilia. Reversing a determination that the Missouri Human Rights Commission (MHRC) lacked jurisdiction over his charge of disability [Read more...]


Palantir Technologies to pay $1.6M-plus to settle hiring bias claims

April 28th, 2017

By Cynthia L. Hackerott, J.D.
Federal contractor Palantir Technologies, a computer software and services company specializing in data analysis, has entered into a consent decree with the OFCCP to resolve charges that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants in its hiring process and selection procedures for three different engineer positions at its Palo Alto, California, [Read more...]


Supervisors seeking written statement acted reasonably after employee invoked Weingarten right

April 27th, 2017

By Ronald Miller, J.D.
The D.C. Circuit found no support in the applicable law for an NLRB determination that an employer acted unlawfully when a supervisor asked an employee to fill out a written statement after he had requested a union representative. The appeals court observed that in assessing a situation to determine whether an employee’s [Read more...]