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Employment discrimination suit is certified against Farmers

Class action litigation in Connecticut and all other jurisdictions is well suited to achieving effective and widespread relief for large groups of employees who have been impacted similarly. Employee complaints against employers for matters dealing with wages, hours and discriminatory practices are in fact often pursued within the format of a class action. Where many employees suffer the same or similar effect from a discriminatory or improper employment practice, the class action can save substantial resources by obtaining relief for all affected employees in one representative action.

NLRB Rejects Voluntary Class Action Waiver

In a previous post, we discussed arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from joining in a class action lawsuit. This post will focus on arbitration agreements that prevent employees from joining in a class action against their employer.

NLRB Refuses to Block Target Workers from Unionizing

In September 2015, pharmacists at Target Corp. ("Target") voted to unionize in a 7-2 vote, making them members of Target's first-ever union. Target contested the vote, claiming it cut ties with workers through a $1.9 billion acquisition deal with CVS Health Corp. ("CVS"). Target argued that once the deal with CVS closes, its pharmacists and other employees will no longer be employed by Target.

Contractor Settles with Amazon Workers in Wage-and-Hour Deal

Recently, in a multidistrict litigation, SMX LLC ("SMX"), one of the staffing agencies that was sued along with Amazon.com, LLC ("Amazon") as joint employers, agreed to settle its claims for $3.7 million that alleged that SMX failed to pay workers for time spent going through anti-theft screening. In re: Amazon.com Inc., Fulfillment Center Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Wage and Hour Litigation, No. 3:14-md-02504 (W.D. Ky. 2014). The class includes employees who were hired by SMX and worked at an Amazon warehouse in California from October 1, 2012 until the present. Although the settlement will resolve most of the California workers' claims, some remain, including claims against Amazon affiliate, Golden State FC LLC.

U.S. Government Sues Hundreds of U.S. Hospitals Over Claims of Medicare Fraud

Medicare is a federally-funded program that "provides subsidized medical insurance for the elderly and certain disabled people." According to 2013 estimates by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security, some 52.3 million Americans currently rely upon Medicare for their primary health and medical needs.

Tyson Foods fights against workers' right to class action status: part II

In a recent blog post, we began discussing the numerous lawsuits being waged against Tyson Foods related to allegations that the company continues to violate provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and engage in time-keeping practices which essentially amount to wage theft. We began discussing the 2007 lawsuit which was filed by some 3,000 low-income workers from one of the company's food processing plants who were granted class action status in their battle to recover wages which they assert the company failed to pay them.

Tyson Foods fights against workers' right to class action status

There is power in numbers and that's one of the main reasons why the preservation of class action lawsuits among wronged employees is so important. Collectively, employees who are granted class action status have a much louder voice than any one or handful of employees acting alone.