In UPS v. Calhoun, the plaintiff (who worked at the UPS facility in Greensboro) had filed a complaint with OSHA that he had been retaliated against for engaging in daily vehicle inspections that he thought necessary for vehicle safety. He claimed that such activity was protected by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA). The Department of […]
In Brown v. Nucor Corporation, the 4th Circuit reversed the district court on the question of class certification. Under Title VII, the plaintiffs had brought racial discrimination claims of disparate treatment and disparate impact with regard to promotion practices, as well as hostile work environment claims. The majority concluded that the plaintiffs could proceed with all […]
In Boucher v. Shaw, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that individual managers/owners — in this case a hotel’s CEO, CFO, and labor/employment manager — may be held liable for unpaid wages, vacation, and holiday pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA allows suits to be brought against individuals, in addition […]
In EEOC v. Central Wholesalers, Inc., the 4th Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the employer. The court concluded that there was enough evidence for a jury to find that the plaintiff suffered from severe racial and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Although there’s lots of happy talk about the economy turning around, and the big banks are apparently minting money, the situation for ordinary workers is still perilous. The long-term unemployment rate — the proportion of the labor force that has been out of work for at least 15 weeks — is at the highest level since […]
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the granting of some injunctive relief to remedy very serious labor violations by a mining company in NLRB v. Spartan Mining Company. The company had illegally discriminated against members of the United Mine Workers.
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s decision for the union in United Steelworkers, Local 850L v. Continental Tire. The Court agreed with the union that the dispute over pension and health benefits had to submitted to arbitration.
In Desmond v. PNGI Charles Town Gaming, the Fourth Circuit reversed the trial court, concluding instead that the plaintiff was not exempt from being paid overtime as an administrative employee. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), one of the “white collar” exceptions to the overtime requirement is the administrative exception. An administrative position is “office […]