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7th Circuit: Olive Garden parent can't be hit with class action over vacation pay policies

Scott Holland Jan. 10, 2017, 2:58pm

The parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chain restaurant brands has won a legal victory after a federal appeals panel refused to certify a class action over unpaid vacation time, saying the restaurant group’s change to its “anniversary pay” policies shouldn't subject it to a class action lawsuit.

Seyfarth Shaw gets perfect score as LGBT-friendly workplace

Cheyenne Dickerson Dec. 30, 2016, 7:40pm

The Seyfarth Shaw Law Firm has been recognized again by the Corporate Equality Index as one  of the leading business firms to have a five-star LGBT workplace environment.

Judge: Groupon must turn over info on employees, hiring, to EEOC for discrimination investigation

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 26, 2016, 3:59pm

Groupon will need to open its doors and computers to federal workplace discrimination regulators, a federal judge has ruled, saying she did not believe the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s demands to pore over potentially large amounts of documents related to Groupon’s hiring practices were excessive, even though the document request came as part of the EEOC’s investigation of a single allegation of racial hiring discrimination against the company.

Seventh Circuit's ruling in favor of pancake houses in tip credit dispute may resonate

Dawn Geske Aug. 5, 2016, 6:21pm

A decision in favor of a suburban Chicago chain of pancake houses in a wage dispute over how much it pays its tipped staff could have ramifications far beyond the local restaurant landscape.

7th Circuit: Small added tasks don't mean tipped servers doing other jobs, entitled to more pay

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 28, 2016, 2:13pm

A suburban Chicago chain of pancake houses has stacked another win in its ongoing legal fight with former servers who claimed they weren’t paid enough for work they did in addition to waiting tables at the restaurants.

EEOC issues rules on employee wellness programs, even as court fights rage over its take on the law

Jamie Kelly Jun. 2, 2016, 4:54pm

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations last month about what employers can and cannot do to encourage or even require employee participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs, while still complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA).But those new rules have come amid pitched legal battles over whether the commission’s interpretation of those law is even correct.

Seventh Circuit says employers can't force workers to sign away rights to sue over OT, other wage claims

Jonathan Bilyk May 27, 2016, 5:20pm

Employers can still ask employees to sign contracts sending disputes over overtime or other wage and hour issues to arbitration, bypassing the courts. But a federal appeals panel in Chicago said any attempts to force employees to sign such agreements as a condition of employment violates federal law, leaving such contracts unenforceable.

Ex-investors in abusive tax shelter scheme say lawyers' missteps waylaid lawsuits vs scheme's mastermind

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 13, 2016, 3:51pm

Two groups of investors, collectively numbering 56, who all said they were victims of an abusive tax avoidance scheme masterminded by former Seyfarth Shaw LLP partner John Rogers, have sued a western Pennsylvania-based law firm for allegedly waiting too long to bring their court actions against Rogers and Seyfarth, and making other unforced errors which they said cost them the chance to win settlements or court awarded damages.

Easy Access: Chicago shops large & small latest targets of growing trend of ADA Title III accessibility lawsuits

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Apr. 6, 2016, 9:49am

The odds that an individual shop or restaurant could be hit with a disability equal access lawsuit under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act remains small. But the likelihood is increasing, as more lawyers take aim at shops of all sizes, including owners of small mom-and-pop shops in older buildings.

FLSA lawsuit activity breaks record, rises again in 2015, up 8 percent vs 2014

Annie Hunt Feb. 1, 2016, 3:13pm

2015 proved to be a record-breaking year for the number of lawsuits filed in federal court under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and 2016 will probably break that record, a Seyfarth Shaw attorney says.

Judge says Chicago Police aren't eligible for pay under FLSA for after hours emails via Blackberry

Annie Hunt Jan. 14, 2016, 1:32pm

CHICAGO — A federal judge has ruled Chicago Police officers are not entitled under federal law to overtime pay for off–duty work done on mobile devices, like Blackberrys, issued by the Chicago Police Department. And this decision could have consequences for all employers, according to a legal observer.

Not likely jury would've believed for-profit colleges tried to pocket admission reps' bonuses, judge says

Dana Herra Jan. 9, 2016, 11:31am

A federal court has denied a man’s attempt to sue his former employer, a Schaumburg-based operator of several for-profit career education colleges, over its termination of a bonus incentive program he says cost him thousands. U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown granted summary judgment in December to defendant Career Education Corporation, which operates Le Cordon Bleu College, American Intercontinental University and Colorado Technical University.

EEOC headed to trial over claims Costco did too little to stop employee from being stalked

Annie Hunt Jan. 8, 2016, 11:03am

CHICAGO — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will take on wholesale retailer Costco in a jury trial on behalf of a female employee who was allegedly harassed and stalked while working at the company’s Glenview warehouse.

Happy returns? Restaurateurs, lawyers watch to see how no-tipping policies impact profits, labor litigation

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Dec. 28, 2015, 11:06am

As the calendar moves into 2016 and beyond, the hospitality industry could see a growing shift among restaurants to no-tipping policies, should restaurateurs across the country see many happy returns for the handful of dining establishments that have already eliminated tipping – and see whether the change might help delete lawsuits over the treatment of tipped employees from the country’s litigation menu.

Assistant manager OK to sue DSW over claims she was wrongly fired for calling cops to stop shoplifting

Scott Holland Nov. 2, 2015, 11:41am

A federal judge has sided with an assistant manager who lost her job at a shoe store after she called police to curb a potential shoplifting incident in progress, ruling the woman can proceed with a lawsuit against her former employer for allegedly violating Illinois’ whistleblower law.