Employment Liability News

Lawsuit Alleging Anti-Conservative Bias at Google Ends Quietly

A lawsuit that made a big bang in Silicon Valley two years ago with allegations of mistreatment of politically conservative tech workers came to a quiet end last week. Former Google engineer James Damore and three other men who worked …

Holiday Parties for Health, Liability-Conscious Wall Street Firms Feature Smoothies, Yoga

Fruit smoothies may become the new martini for Wall Street holiday parties. Banking and trading firm BTIG LLC, for example, cut alcohol from its annual employee celebration on Dec. 12 at its New York offices. Instead, guests did yoga and …

CBS-TV Sued by Producer of ’60 Minutes’ Alleging Gender Bias and Retaliation

An associate producer on the CBS current affairs TV show “60 Minutes” filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging gender discrimination and retaliation by the company after she complained about inappropriate conduct by her boss. In the complaint, filed in New …

Filing with National Labor Board Accuses Google of Retaliatory Firings

A complaint filed Tuesday accused Google of terminating staff in retaliation for activism about working conditions, the latest in a series of such allegations against the internet giant. The filing, which involves Google Ads staff, was filed with the National …

After Arbitration, Many Accused Harassers Return to Work

What happens behind the scenes when employees are accused of harassment? New research from Michigan State University revealed that almost half of accused harassers can go back to work when disputes are settled by arbitrators – or third-parties who resolve …

Corporate Culture, Cyber Risk Are Top of Mind for D&O Underwriters

Transparency and culture awareness were the key takeaways from a panel discussion on top directors and officers’ claims trends that took place at this year’s Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) annual conference in San Diego. An audience poll at the …

Fired Moody’s Executive Wins Back Paris Job, Gets $1.8 Million Payout

A Moody’s Corp. managing director fired for lashing out at a junior co-worker who criticized his team’s work won his Paris job back and a 1.6 million-euro ($1.8 million) payout. Moody’s France fired the managing director in March 2015 after …

How States Compare for Risk of Employee Lawsuits: Hiscox

A new study of employment practices disputes and litigation by global insurer Hiscox concludes that businesses in Washington, D.C., Nevada, Delaware, New Mexico and California face the highest risk of being sued by their employees when compared to the national …

Judge in California Approves Lyft’s $27M Driver Settlement Deal

A U.S. judge granted preliminary approval to ride service Lyft’s $27 million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by California drivers who claimed they should be deemed employees instead of independent contractors. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San …

Alabama Debates Banning Criminal History on Job Applications

As policies that limit when employers may ask applicants about their criminal histories gain popularity nationwide, advocates are pushing similar measures in Alabama, which has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. Nineteen states and the District of …