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Class action: Meijer's employee fingerprint scans violate IL biometric privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 16, 2017, 6:03pm

Meijer, one of the largest retailers in the Chicago area and the Midwest, has become the latest target of a growing wave of class action lawsuits accusing employers of violating an Illinois state law regulating the collection of fingerprints and other “biometric” identifiers.

Spike in IL lawsuits vs employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning

John Sammon and Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 12, 2017, 6:31pm

A spike in the number of lawsuits in Illinois over biometrics data is a result of such data becoming more commonly used or misused by both business and social media. But whatever the reason, businesses should look for more and more of these lawsuits in coming days, a Washington, D.C.-based labor and employment attorney warns, thanks to a unique facet of Illinois' law

More class actions target Alden, other care facilities over use of employee fingerprints

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 2, 2017, 4:50pm

Alden Management Services, which operates numerous nursing homes and other care facilities throughout the Chicago area and northern Illinois, has come in for legal examination, along with other operators of Chicago area care facilities, as attorneys for employees in these health care organizations have brought yet more class action lawsuits against their employers under an Illinois law designed to govern the collection of use of so-called “biometric” identifiers, such as fingerprints.

Class actions: Abra Auto Body, Crunch Fitness didn't properly collect employee, customer fingerprints

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 14, 2017, 4:43pm

Two more business groups – a chain of auto body repair shops and a group of fitness clubs – have been added to the growing list of shops being sued under an Illinois law governing how businesses are supposed to handle the collection and use of employees’ and customers’ fingerprints and other so-called biometric information.

Speedway, Lettuce Entertain You tagged with class actions under IL biometric privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 6, 2017, 7:14pm

The Speedway chain of gas stations and convenience stores and the Lettuce Entertain You group of restaurants have become the latest businesses to get tagged with class action lawsuits under Illinois’ biometric privacy law.

Plug pulled on data breach class action vs Vtech; plaintiffs never showed how harmed, judge says

Dan Churney Jul. 11, 2017, 6:06pm

A Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on a class action suit against electronic toymaker VTech, which alleged VTech did not protect parents' and childrens' personal data from a hacker, saying plaintiffs failed to show how the security breach harmed them.

Family sues motorists for allegedly striking woman in fatal accident

Louie Torres Jul. 6, 2017, 11:23pm

The administrator for the estate of a woman who died after being struck by vehicle is suing motorists Carlos A. Castro-Caldera and Luis A. Hernandez Lopez for negligence and allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Ex-pharmacy manager accuses Mariano's of mishandling blood glucose tests, employees' fingerprints

Scott Holland Jun. 16, 2017, 7:12pm

A former Mariano’s pharmacy manager who accused the grocer of mishandling medical testing equipment also said the company improperly stores its employees’ biometric data.

Campus bookstore managers say Follett stiffed them overtime pay

Louie Torres Apr. 25, 2017, 10:03pm

Two employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Follett Corporation and Follett Higher Education Group Inc., citing alleged unpaid wages and violation of Workers' Compensation acts.

$5M settlement to end Bedtime Bath products class action vs Johnson & Johnson; $1.5M for lawyers

Scott Holland Jan. 19, 2017, 4:31pm

The people behind a false advertising class action lawsuit that said Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath baby products did not make babies as sleepy as the company claimed are asking a judge to formally approve a $5 million settlement, according to a motion filed Jan. 4. The settlement would include nearly $1.5 million for attorneys, while the individual plaintiffs would collect service awards of $5,000 each. Members of the class could receive up to $15 each, if they submit eligible claims. 

Judge: Fair Treatment policy doesn't limit court's discretion on whether wage action goes to arbitration

D.M. Herra Dec. 7, 2016, 3:56pm

While the case may ultimately land before an arbitrator, a federal judge has denied a home care company’s motion to use a company policy to dismiss and send to arbitration a class action lawsuit filed by a home health aide, which accused the company of underpaying her and her coworkers.

Retailers can't use credit checks to turn down sales associate job applicants, panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 28, 2016, 6:11pm

Simply because a sales associate or cashier may handle credit applications doesn’t mean a retail employer should be allowed to deny jobs to applicants with poor credit history, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Class action says Adventist Midwest underpaid its home health care workers

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 1, 2016, 5:29pm

A home health care worker has brought a potential class action lawsuit against Adventist Midwest Health, saying the health care system has underpaid him and other home health nurses, therapists and others by paying them per visit, without overtime and other compensation he claims they should have been required to pay under federal and state wage laws.

Advocate hit with another home health care nurse class action, after settling similar case for $4.75 million

Scott Holland May 16, 2016, 3:40pm

On the heels of a settlement announced in a similar class action brought by in-home physical therapists and other home-based health care workers, another group of home care nurses are also taking aim at Advocate Health, arguing the company owes them overtime pay after allegedly improperly claiming the nurses were exempt from certain federal and state wage laws.

Psychiatrists' class action says Advocate wrongly withheld refunds of FICA taxes doctors paid while residents

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 18, 2016, 4:44pm

A group of former psychiatric medical residents who worked at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital have brought a potential class action lawsuit against the hospital and the operator of Illinois’ largest health system, contending Advocate has wrongly withheld federal tax refunds they were due from their time working at Lutheran General in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Judge allows lawsuit to proceed vs Sprint over claims company's background check forms break law

Dana Herra Feb. 24, 2016, 3:02pm

A potential class action lawsuit claiming Sprint violated consumer protection laws when it ran credit checks on job applicants will proceed, after a federal judge refused the company’s motion to dismiss.

Judge OKs false advertising lawsuit vs Johnson & Johnson over Bedtime Products

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2016, 5:32pm

An Illinois woman’s false advertising complaint against Johnson & Johnson is allowed to proceed after a judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss, saying the woman had done enough so far to allow her to argue Johnson & Johnson misled her and others into buying products the company claimed were clinically proven to help babies sleep better. Stephanie Leiner, of Chillicothe, filed a class action lawsuit July 2 in federal court in Chicago against N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson.

South Loop apartment building owners, managers hit with class action over unpaid security deposit interest

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2015, 11:26pm

A South Loop apartment tenant who believes her landlords wrongly deprived her of interest on her security deposit, which she asserts is owed to her and other tenants under city ordinance, has brought a class action against her landlords, demanding they pay her and others like her double their money back, with interest. Cheryl McPhearson filed the class-action complaint Nov. 25 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Job applicant's class action says Sprint's employment credit report disclosures don't comply with federal law

Scott Holland Oct. 23, 2015, 8:58am

A Chicago man believes Sprint violated federal law in disclosure forms it provided him before checking his credit when he was applying for a job. And since he believes the company has done the same with others, he has asked a judge to allow him to bring a class action against the telecommunications company.

Zurich: Yellow Cab should defend itself vs taxi drivers' independent contractor lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2015, 3:57pm

While a federal appeals court ponders a lawsuit alleging taxi drivers should actually be considered employees and not independent contractors, an insurance company has asked a Cook County judge to declare one of the cab companies being sued should need to find some means other than an insurance claim to fund its defense against the allegations it has violated federal labor law in how it classifies and pays its drivers.