CVS Overtime Pay Suit Settles for $900,000 – Ottinger

  The CVS overtime pay suit involving nearly 2300 warehouse employees settled for $900,000.  The employees alleged that they were not compensated for time spent waiting for security screening in order to enter and exit the warehouse facility and time spent changing into their work aprons. The judge has been asked to approve the terms…

FMLA Suits Rise Sharply – Ottinger Law

 FMLA suits are on the rise according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.  The article states that the number of FMLA suits rose from 291 in 2012 to 877 in 2013.  Recent FMLA suits are arising from a number of factors, ranging from denial of leave to termination of employees who are on a…

Linkedin Off The Clock Overtime Case Nets $6M – Ottinger

Linkedin recently settled an off the clock overtime case for nearly $6 million.   The settlement followed an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor involving 400 current and former employees in California, Illinois, Nebraska, and New York. Off the Clock Overtime Claims against Linkedin The Department of Labor launched an investigation into LinkedIn’s off…

Tinder Sexual Harassment Suit Alleges Dirty Deeds

  A Tinder sexual harassment suit alleges that the founders of the dating app abused their power against a femail executive. Former vice president of marketing, Whitney Wolfe, sued for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, failure to prevent harassment, retaliation, and defamation in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Allegations Of The Tinder Sexual Harassment Suit In…

Retaliation in California For Reporting Discrimination – Ottinger

Retaliation in California occurs when an employee engages in “protected activity” and, as a result, is  subjected to an “adverse employment action.” The California Supreme Court examined the key elements of retaliation in California in Yanowitz v. L’Oreal USA, Inc.    The Court explained that opposition to discrimination is protected, even where the employee opposing the…

New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines Issued

Pregnancy discrimination is a growing problem in the workplace.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced new pregnancy discrimination guidelines.  According to the Washington Post, this is the first time in over 30 years that the EEOC has issued new pregnancy discrimination guidelines.  One purpose of these pregnancy discrimination guidelines is to make clear to employers…

The San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance

The City of San Francisco is one of the most progressive in employee protection measures.   The San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance is another example.  Since January of 2008, the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance has required certain employers to spend a minimum amount on health care for each paid hour of work…

Apple Overtime Suit – Employees Sue Over Bag Checks

   The latest Apple overtime suit concerns the companies policy of requiring employees to submit to two mandatory bag checks per day without compensation.  The employees claim that they must wait in line between five to ten minutes for store managers to check their bags before leaving for meal breaks and, again, at the end…

Sexual Harassment Law in California Amended – Ottinger

 The sexual harassment law in California was recently amended.  Over the years, courts have grappled with the question of whether sexual harassment needs to be motivated by sexual desire in order to be actionable.  For example, what if a straight male is harassing another straight male with sexual comments and gestures?  This is obviously not…

The NYC Pregnancy Discrimination Law

Recently Enacted NYC Pregnancy Discrimination Law Strengthens Protections for Pregnant Workers When women are pregnant, it should be one of the happiest times of their lives. But until recently, many New York City women were put in the precarious position of choosing to have a healthy pregnancy or keep their jobs, because many employers weren’t…