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Recently promoted hotel worker who lost job six days after reporting pregnancy advances suit

November 13th, 2017

By Brandi O. Brown, J.D.
A Hyatt Hotel room attendant who lost her placement at the hotel just six days after she reported her pregnancy can proceed with her Title VII suit against Hyatt and the contractor that placed her in the job, a federal district court in Louisiana ruled. Although she did not specifically plead [Read more...]

Glassdoor must produce user info about anonymous reviews relevant to fraud investigation of employer

November 10th, 2017

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a district court’s denial of Glassdoor, Inc.’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena requiring it to disclose identifying information about eight users who posted anonymous reviews about their employer. Rejecting Glassdoor’s First Amendment challenge, the appeals court found that the company failed to allege, must [Read more...]

Rule, not statute, set deadline for appeal; CA-7 wrong to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction

November 10th, 2017

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
Vacating the dismissal of an employment discrimination plaintiff’s appeal, the Supreme Court found that the Seventh Circuit erred in ruling that Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(5)(C)’s 30-day deadline for filing a notice of appeal was jurisdictional and could not be waived or forfeited. The High Court explained that if a time [Read more...]

Bill to dramatically narrow joint-employer standard clears House

November 10th, 2017

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
On November 7, the House passed the Save Local Business Act, which would effectively kill the National Labor Relations Board’s revised joint-employer standard that unleashed a firestorm when it was first announced in the Board’s the 2015 3-2 Browning-Ferris Industries decision. The bill, H.R. 3441, passed by a 242-181 vote that saw [Read more...]

In challenge to Seattle’s gig driver bargaining law, FTC, DOJ urge reversal of state action defense

November 9th, 2017

By Stephanie K. Mann, J.D.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to reverse a decision by a federal district court in Seattle that granted a motion to dismiss finding that the State of Washington clearly and affirmatively expressed a [Read more...]