$11 Million Lawsuit Says School District Underpaid Employees
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$11 Million Lawsuit Says School District Underpaid Employees

[By: Meg Kinnard] A federal whistleblower lawsuit says officials in a South Carolina school district fired a woman who reported that dozens of employees weren’t being paid properly in violation of federal law. The $11 million lawsuit filed this week said Richland District One Superintendent Craig Witherspoon and the district’s human resources manager conspired to…

McDonald’s Employees Seek Approval of Background Check Settlement
201703.09
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McDonald’s Employees Seek Approval of Background Check Settlement

[By Paul Tassin] A settlement resolving a McDonald’s employee background check class action lawsuit is ready to be finalized, pending final court approval. The settlement resolves claims against defendant Richard and Dale Shalhoub Family Trust, a Southern California McDonald’s franchisee operating through several other business entities also named as defendants. Plaintiffs allege the defendants improperly…

Fox May Be Subject of Government Investigation Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Claims
201702.16
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Fox May Be Subject of Government Investigation Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Claims

[By: Eriq Gardner] An attorney for a former Fox host says he received a subpoena from federal prosecutors, while a company spokesperson acknowledges months of conversations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Government prosecutors may be investigating 21st Century Fox for quietly settling sexual harassment claims against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes without reporting it…

21st Century Fox Says It Isn’t Liable for Discrimination at Local TV Stations
201702.03
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21st Century Fox Says It Isn’t Liable for Discrimination at Local TV Stations

[By: Ashley Cullins] The media giant says a freelancer included “sensationalized and inflammatory” comments involving ousted CEO Roger Ailes in her lawsuit to get press attention. 21st Century Fox owns more than 20 local TV stations across the country and it isn’t responsible for discrimination that happens at any one of them — according to…

Snapchat Snaps Back at Ex-Employee’s Lawsuit
201701.20
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Snapchat Snaps Back at Ex-Employee’s Lawsuit

Make no mistake: This late-breaking bid for a judicial, and public, forum to air his sensationalist allegations is all about publicity. [By Ashley Cullins] Snapchat says the ex-employee who’s suing the company for wrongful termination is only after publicity, according to a petition to compel arbitration filed Wednesday. Anthony Pompliano sued Snap, the app’s parent…

Federal judge halts overtime wage reform
201611.23
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Federal judge halts overtime wage reform

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website] on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] blocking an overtime reform rule that was to be implemented next week. The overtime rule [materials], passed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) [text, PDF], would raise the ceiling for…