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March 2014 Archives

Discrimination settlement thwarted by Facebook post

When it came time to discuss the renewal of a 2010-2011 employment contract for the head of a private preparatory school, he was told that it wasn’t going to happen. In this case, the head felt that the decision was not based on legitimate factors but on discrimination instead.

Wage and hour case re pay to workers during security screenings

The United States Supreme Court will hear a wage and hour to decide whether time spent in security screenings is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as amended by the Portal-to-Portal Act. The case is called Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk.

Whistleblower Awarded $6 Million Verdict in Federal Court

A whistleblower was awarded six million dollars by a Federal Court jury in Los Angeles today as plaintiff Catherine Zulfer won a hard-fought case against Playboy Enterprises.  Zulfer, the former controller for the company and a thirty-year employee, alleged that the company violated the whistleblower-protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 when it retaliated against her for refusing to participate in improper accounting practices on the part of the company. 

California court: 3-hr commute factor in determining damages

When an employer terminates an employee in retaliation for blowing the whistle on illegal activity or based on the employee’s race, religion, gender or other protected class, it could become the basis of a wrongful termination lawsuit. In court, the plaintiff must provide evidence that proves that this was the basis for the termination.

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