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St. Louis County will pay $10.25M to resolve gay police officer’s discrimination, retaliation claims

February 14th, 2020

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
At trial on his discriminatory non-promotion and retaliation claims, a state jury awarded him $2,970,000 in actual and $17,000,000 in punitive damages, for a total award of $19,970,000.
After a St. Louis, Missouri, state court jury awarded a gay policeman nearly $20 million in actual and punitive damages on his on his sex [Read more...]

Court dismisses some of trucking association’s challenges to California AB 5, but injunction remains

February 14th, 2020

By Wayne D. Garris Jr., J.D.
In the latest installment of California’s AB 5 saga, the court affirmed its holding that the FAAAA likely preempts AB 5 and rejected the CTA’s other challenges.
Granting in part and denying in part the State of California’s and Teamsters’ motion to dismiss, a federal district court in California held that [Read more...]

Uber and Postmates denied preliminary injunction barring enforcement of California independent contractor law

February 13th, 2020

By Tulay Turan, J.D.
AB 5 rationally furthers the state’s asserted interest in protecting exploited workers to address the erosion of the middle class and income inequality.
Uber and Postmates, along with a pair of rideshare and delivery drivers, were denied a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of California’s AB 5 against them. A federal district court [Read more...]

DoorDash ordered to arbitrate independent contractor claims—5,010 times

February 13th, 2020

By Lisa Milam, J.D.
A federal judge did not take kindly to the gig company’s attempt to skirt arbitration after imposing a mandatory arbitration agreement on its couriers.
DoorDash delivery couriers—5,010 of them—who filed suit contending they missed out on overtime pay due because they were misclassified as independent contractors were granted their motion to compel the [Read more...]

NLRB challenges Oregon law protecting employees’ refusal to attend employer-sponsored meetings on political matters

February 13th, 2020

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The Oregon law is allegedly preempted under the NLRA and the Board’s jurisdiction over matters, such as compulsory meetings held by employers to discuss their views about unions.
The NLRB is asking a federal district in Oregon to declare that the state’s statute, “Discrimination for nonparticipation in employer sponsored meetings about religious or [Read more...]