Articles by Daniel Wiessner

Google Author of Diversity Memo Explores Legal Options After Firing

The Google software engineer fired for writing an internal memo critical of diversity hiring policies at the company faces an uphill battle legally challenging his termination, but he could succeed in prolonging the controversy, potentially driving the tech firm to …

Trump Labor Department Moves to Undo Obama Overtime Rule

The Trump administration on Tuesday pushed forward with its bid to undo an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to 4.2 million workers and said it was considering treating workers differently based on location and industry. The rule, …

Trump Nominee Kaplan to Tilt Labor Board to Republican Majority

President Donald Trump was poised on Tuesday to nominate Washington lawyer Marvin Kaplan to the National Labor Relations Board, nudging the agency toward a Republican majority that could overturn a series of decisions that have riled businesses. Late on Monday, …

Trump Labor Department Nixes Obama’s ‘Joint Employer’ Standard

The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday said it was rescinding the Obama administration’s standard for determining when companies are “joint employers” of contract and franchise workers, in the agency’s first major shift in labor policy under President Donald Trump. The …

Wal-Mart Denies Discrimination Claims by Pregnant Workers

Two former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit accusing the retailer of treating thousands of pregnant workers as “second-class citizens” by rejecting their requests to limit heavy lifting, climbing on ladders and other potentially dangerous tasks. The proposed …

Sterling Jewelers Settles EEOC Gender Bias Claims But Class Action Still Possible

Sterling Jewelers Inc. has settled claims by a U.S. agency that it discriminated against female employees in pay and promotions, but the deal will not affect a similar case brought on behalf of nearly 70,000 women who worked for the …

Chipotle Blocks One Class Action On Overtime Pay as Another Advances

A federal judge on Wednesday granted a bid by Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. to undo a class action lawsuit by manager trainees in six states who say they were unlawfully denied overtime pay. U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan …

Google Confidentiality Agreement Is Unlawful, Claims Employee in Lawsuit

A Google Inc. product manager has sued the company, accusing it of unlawfully prohibiting employees from sharing concerns with coworkers, shareholders or the press, and maintaining a “spying program” to prevent leaks. In the class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday …

McDonald’s to Pay $3.75 Million to California Workers for Back Pay, Damages

McDonald’s Corp has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a lawsuit claiming it was liable for labor law violations by a California franchisee, marking what lawyers said was the first time the company has settled legal claims by a …

AARP Suit Says Workplace Wellness Programs Raise Medical Privacy Concerns

A lobbying group representing older Americans sued the Obama administration on Monday claiming regulations for programs designed to rein in employee health care costs will subject workers to invasions of their medical privacy. Rules released in May by the U.S. …