employment practices liability (EPLI) News

Maryland Court Affirms Limits on Hiring Firm Liability for Contractor Negligence

The mother of a man killed on a Baltimore construction site who was barred by Maryland’s workers’ compensation law from suing the contractor hired by the city has lost a bid to hold the city and subcontractor liable. The court …

Providence Police Seek to Fire Officer After Video Shows Excess Force

A Rhode Island police department is seeking to fire an officer after video showed him smashing a handcuffed man’s face into the pavement during a fireworks celebration on Fourth of July weekend. The Providence Police Department said Friday that Capt. …

Tesla Sued by Former Employees Over ‘Mass Layoff’

Former Tesla Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. electric car company alleging its decision to carry out a “mass layoff” violated federal law as the company did not provide advance notice of the job cuts. The lawsuit …

Judge Finds Tesla Liable to Black Former Worker Who Alleged Bias, but Slashes Payout

A federal judge said on Wednesday Tesla Inc. was liable to a Black elevator operator who said the electric car company ignored racial abuse at the factory where he worked, but reduced a nearly $137 million jury award to $15 …

US: Discrimination Based on Opioid Treatment Violates Law

A deepening opioid epidemic is prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to warn about discrimination against those who are prescribed medication to treat their addictions. In guidelines published Tuesday, the department’s Civil Rights Division said employers, health care providers, law …

Rhode Island Doctor Faces More Allegations by Labor Department

Federal labor officials are seeking a restraining order to bar a North Providence doctor from retaliating against a former employee who complained that a co-worker with COVID-19 put her at risk while she was pregnant. The Providence Journal reports that …

Workplace Class Action Payouts Unexpectedly Grew During Pandemic in 2021

The cost of settling workplace class-action lawsuits reached a record high in 2021, defying expectations that the COVID-19 pandemic would decrease the size and reduce the number of payouts, according to a new report by the Seyfarth Shaw law firm …

Insurers Expect COVID-19 Liability Claims Against Employers as Employees Return

Liability insurers on both sides of the Atlantic are scaling back the cover they offer companies ahead of an expected wave of discrimination claims as employers call staff back to their desks after 18 months of pandemic-induced home working. There …

Alabama Beverage Firm Pays $800K to Settle Racial Discrimination Claims

A beverage distributor that operates across Alabama and played a role in the state’s craft beer craze agreed to pay more than $800,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against Black employees for years by denying them jobs and promotions …

Cyber Attacks and Data Loss Are Top 2 Risks Facing Directors & Officers: WTW Survey

Cyber attacks and data loss are the top two risks facing directors & officers, with pandemic-related changes in working practices heightening these concerns, according to a global survey from broker Willis Towers Watson and law firm Clyde & Co. Covering …