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Wyoming Boss Required Scientology for Employee, Suit Alleges

A former employee of a Wyoming occupational therapy office says the owner of the business pressured her to take Scientology courses as a condition of her employment. Julie A. Rohrbacher filed a lawsuit in federal court Dec. 17 against Teton …

Workers’ Lawsuit Against Washington Farm Given Class-Action Status

A U.S. District Court judge in Seattle, Wash. has certified a class-action lawsuit on behalf of some 600 Mexican workers who have alleged labor abuses at a Whatcom County blueberry farm. The Seattle Times reported the lawsuit alleges the company …

EEOC Sues Colorado Trucking Company for Discrimination

Federal regulators sued the Greeley, Colo.-based trucking firm JBS Carriers, alleging it violated federal law by using pre-employment screening to reject job applicants on the basis of disability. JBS Carriers spokeswoman Misty Barnes tells The Tribune in Greeley it disputes …

Another Lawsuit From Ex-Worker in New Mexico City

A northern New Mexico city is facing another lawsuit from a former employer in yet another controversy involving its mayor. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Martin Gonzales, a former public works director of Las Vegas, N.M., is suing the …

California Restaurant Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Suit for $82K

LA Louisanne Inc., a Los Angeles restaurant and jazz night club, will pay $82,500 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced on Monday. The EEOC’s lawsuit …

California Lawsuits Challenging Contractor Model for Lyft, Postmates

Ridesharing service Lyft Inc. and courier service Postmates Inc. are among the first companies to be sued for improperly treating workers in California as independent contractors following a recent decision that makes it easier for workers to prove that they …

Maintenance Boss in Washington Sues for Wrongful Firing

A former state supervisor of maintenance workers on McNeil Island is suing Washington state, contending he was wrongfully terminated for trying to correct problems with work performance. Jon Hardy filed a lawsuit against the state earlier this month in Pierce …

Utah Subway Shop Suit over Wrongly Accused Worker Dismissed

A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by owners of a Utah Subway shop where a worker was wrongly accused of drugging a police officer’s drink. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson ruled that police in Layton did not implicate …

Michigan Oral Surgery Practice to Pay $47K to Settle Age Discrimination Suit

A Southfield, Mich.-based oral surgery practice will pay $47,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced. The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that Professional Endodontics P.C. violated federal law by …

Microsoft Internal Findings Say Gender Bias at Washington Tech Giant Rarely Founded

Microsoft Corp.’s investigators concluded that fewer than 1 percent of gender-discrimination complaints made internally were “founded,” according to data unsealed in an ongoing class-action lawsuit. The disclosure covers almost 120 complaints made from 2010 to 2016 by U.S. female employees …