Employers facing surge in class action suits over storage, use of employee fingerprints, other biometrics
A growing number of U.S. companies are turning to measures like biometric tools to validate time entries and other forms of tracking an employee's movements and actions. And as technology rapidly changes, it has also sparked a surge of litigation over data collection methods, and the levels of protection dedicated to electronically-gleaned data.
Despite a federal appeals court's recent ruling that restaurants aren’t necessarily breaking federal labor law by requiring tipped servers to perform tasks other than waiting tables, a Chicago federal judge has decided to allow servers at several suburban Buffalo Wild Wings franchise locations to sue their employers for that same reason.
A federal suit against the Lifetime Fitness chain of health clubs recently lost some muscle, when a judge ruled the company may owe fired personal trainers back wages for regular and overtime hours, but it does not owe them pay for unused vacation time. The case began July 7, 2014, when Jared Steger and David Ramsey filed a class-action suit in Cook County Circuit Court against LTF Club Operations Co.