class action news

NPR—Yuki Noguchi

The Justice Department this week took the position that sexual orientation is not protected under civil rights discrimination laws. That contradicts a circuit court ruling from earlier this year.

Law360—Braden Campbell

Outten & Golden attorney Sally J. Abrahamson is quoted re: The U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on one of the hottest topics in employment law Wednesday, ... telling the Second Circuit that the statute does not prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Law360—Vin Gurrieri

House lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill to narrow the definition of joint employment under federal wage and labor law — a change ... that employee advocates fear could shield companies that outsource labor from facing liability for workplace violations. Outten & Golden LLP partner Rachel Bien is quoted.—Jonathan Bilyk

Facing a growing number of lawsuits over its alleged treatment of assistant store managers, sub sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s has asked a Chicago federal judge to determine exactly how much responsibility it should bear for how its franchisees classify, pay and manage those assistant managers.

Public Justice

Public Justice’s 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year award was presented to ... the legal team (lead by Outten & Golden) that brought a class action suit in Gonzalez v. Pritzker alleged that the Census Bureau’s reliance on a flawed background check process had a substantial disparate impact on over 400,000 African American and Hispanic job applicants in violation of Title VII, the federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.

The class action lawsuit filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York in December 2015 reached a resolution this week that ... could amount to about a $2,500 payout for each of the 643 workers in the class. Partner Justin M. Swartz is quoted.

Tne New York TImes—Gardiner Harris

The State Department is now quietly allowing dozens of young women and minority students to become full-fledged diplomats after threatening to rescind job offers that most of the students were given two years ago upon winning prestigious scholarships. Outten & Golden Counsel Peter Romer-Friedman is quoted.