Nantiya Ruan, director of the University of Denver’s workplace law program and a part-time attorney at Outten & Golden, where she represents employees in class action cases, said that labor and employment and labor law has always intersected with public health, the study of population-level health. However, Ruan explained, public health’s impact on employment law was never at the scale currently seen. “That really changed the whole frame of reference for how public health can affect workplace law and workplace rights.”
Medics who came from other states to help New York as the coronavirus ravaged the city in March found themselves under constant GPS surveillance by the company they worked for — and even had their sex lives restricted by their employer, according to a class action lawsuit filed in Brooklyn.
Out-of-state EMTs and paramedics who risked their lives to help New Yorkers during the coronavirus crisis say the FEMA subcontractor that hired them controlled every second of their deployment, including their sex lives — and then refused to pay them for all of their time.
In St. Petersburg, Fla., Pete Boland spent last weekend trying to secure scarce slots for his 60 employees to get tested for covid-19. On Friday night, he had shut down his popular downtown restaurant, the Galley, after he learned several workers tested positive for the virus.
On May 29, 2020, Cassandra Osvatics filed a class action lawsuit against Lyft, Inc., one of the country’s largest rideshare companies, alleging that the company systematically fails to provide Washington D.C. drivers with paid sick leave under the District’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (“ASSLA”).
The wheels of justice usually turn slowly, but the Covid-19 pandemic has put the brakes on litigation of all types, including fund-related lawsuits and 401(k)-fee cases, lawyers say. Though proceedings in many existing cases have been delayed, plaintiffs are still filing new securities lawsuits and 401(k)-fee cases, court documents show. Individual state and federal courts have taken different measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, but many have suspended trials and are conducting hearings remotely via video conferences and phone calls.
Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign was sued Monday by its former field organizer, alleging that thousands of workers were duped into jobs and not paid overtime only to be laid off when the former New York mayor exited the race.
A former Bloomberg campaign staffer filed a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming that the former New York City mayor reneged on promises to pay employees through November 2020 whether or not he won the Democratic presidential nomination.
A former field organizer for Michael Bloomberg’s now-defunct presidential campaign sued on behalf of herself and other former staffers, claiming the candidate promised more than 1,000 staffers jobs through November before laying them off last week.