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Jimmy John's, asst mgr class action plaintiffs square off over whether sandwich chain is 'joint employer'

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 26, 2017, 4:00pm

Facing a growing number of lawsuits over its alleged treatment of assistant store managers, sub sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s has asked a Chicago federal judge to determine exactly how much responsibility it should bear for how its franchisees classify, pay and manage those assistant managers.

Expert: Companies' anti-discrimination policy should be part of culture

Mike Helenthal Jul. 12, 2017, 4:00am

A recent $1.9 million settlement by Rosebud Restaurants with the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is just one more example of why businesses should proactively adopt strategic hiring rules, an expert on discrimination law says.

Cook County paid sick leave ordinance takes effect July 1; employers should learn the rules, lawyer says

Laura Halleman Jun. 23, 2017, 2:28pm

On July 1, Cook County's new mandatory paid sick leave ordinance will take effect. And employers would do well to learn if the ordinance will apply to them and to acquaint themselves with the "burdensome" rules, which were released to the public May 25, that the county will use to guide the implementation and enforcement of the ordinance.

Judge: Class action vs Precor over faulty treadmill sensors can proceed

Scott Holland Jun. 20, 2017, 6:34pm

Exercise equipment manufacturer Precor failed in its quest to get a judge to scuttle a federal class action complaint, which alleged the company sold treadmills it knew included inaccurate heart rate sensors.

Judge: Application provision sends blind man's ADA suit vs cooking school to arbitration

Scott Holland May 1, 2017, 6:30pm

A federal judge has ordered a blind man’s discrimination complaint against Chicago cooking school Le Cordon Bleu out of his courtroom and into arbitration.

Dollar General ruling strengthens EEOC's hand to widen discrimination claims into 'fishing expeditions'

Mike Helenthal Apr. 24, 2017, 6:59pm

The ruling of a Chicago federal judge in favor of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement case against retail giant Dollar General will strengthen the EEOC’s hand in bids to widen single claims of employment discrimination into "company-wide fishing expeditions," say two Chicago attorneys and labor law experts.

Judge tosses TCPA lawsuit vs Kelly Services over robocalls to job applicants

Glenn Minnis Apr. 11, 2017, 7:34pm

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a robocalling lawsuit against an employment services company, which had been accused of violating federal law by using an automated dialer to call the mobile phones of people who had applied for jobs.

Employee class action OK'd vs Clarence Davids landscaping over paycheck deductions for uniforms

Richard Jones Mar. 29, 2017, 1:44am

A group of current and former workers at a Matteson-based landscaping contractor was recently granted class certification on claims that the company took improper deductions from workers' paychecks for uniforms. 

Consumers too far down distribution chain to press price fixing class action vs steelmakers, says judge

Dan Churney Mar. 13, 2017, 9:10pm

A group of steel makers, led by Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA, have beaten down a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed by more than a dozen consumers, who alleged the companies schemed to raise prices for goods made with steel, by pointing out the consumers were too far down the distribution line from the steel manufacturers to claim losses. 

Chicago federal courts busy with labor litigation in 2016, but less than NY, California

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 13, 2017, 10:35pm

Chicago’s federal courts again were a busy place for employers facing lawsuits in 2016, according to court data and a survey published by one of the nation’s top employment and labor law firms. However, the survey from Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw LLP found Chicago’s courts are still outpaced by courts in New York and California in some categories, perhaps most notably the number of class action certifications.

Law firm releases report noting trends in workplace class-action litigation

Dawn Geske Jan. 27, 2017, 8:24pm

While wage-and-hour litigation, and related regulatory actions were on the rise in 2016, the monetary value of top employment-related class action settlements were on the decline last year, among other trends identified in the latest Workplace Class Action Litigation Report issued by the Seyfarth Shaw firm.

Judge: Allstate must pay fired portfolio security analysts $27M over defamatory SEC filing

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 23, 2017, 4:53pm

A federal judge has refused to overturn a jury’s decision to order Allstate to pay four fired investment portfolio analysts more than $27 million, saying the case showed there was “ample evidence” the company had ruined the analysts’ careers by incorrectly reporting to federal regulators that pension funds the analysts had helped manage had been shorted by fund managers seeking to time trades to boost their own bonuses.

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.