Class action targets criminal history screening policies that reject qualified job applicants
Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, hires thousands of new workers across the U.S. each year. But according to a lawsuit recently filed by Outten & Golden LLP and Youth Represent, the retail giant also rejects many qualified applicants because of their criminal histories – part of a uniform hiring policy that disparately impacts Black and Latinx candidates in...
Employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP announced today the promotion of Cassandra W. Lenning, Christopher M. McNerney, Amy F. Shulman, Daniel S. Stromberg, and Chauniqua D. Young to partnership effective January 1, 2021.
A job applicant to New York Life filed a class action alleging that the company denied employment to her because of arrests that never resulted in conviction. The complaint specifically alleges that New York Life's uniform policy and practice, to deny applicants with such arrests, "flout[s] New York law, treating individuals as guilty of crimes for which they were never convicted, and inverting the fundamental U.S. legal principle that an individual is innocent until proven guilty."
New York City and State make it an unlawful discriminatory practice to deny employment to an...
Outten & Golden LLP– the premier law firm representing employees, executives, and partners in employment litigation, transactional matters, and class actions – has again been named to the annual editions of Best Lawyers® and Best Law Firms.
Outten & Golden LLP, a premier law firm focused exclusively on representing employees, is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm's New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., offices have been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. All of the honorees have been previously selected.
The Second Circuit's ruling that national criminal justice statistics are insufficient to support claims of a company's discrimination against applicants with felony convictions will disproportionately harm workers of color, a collection of public interest groups and criminologists supporting rehearing the case told the appeals court.
The Washington, D.C., attorney general's office weighed in on a Lyft driver's suit challenging the ride-hailing company's failure to provide paid sick leave, saying in a Tuesday court filing that D.C. public policy discourages companies from trapping workers and consumers behind mandatory arbitration clauses.
New Jersey transportation companies gained some new leverage in fighting employment class actions after the state Supreme Court reinforced employers' arbitration agreements under Garden State law, even if their workers are exempt from arbitration under a federal law.
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”).
Two NYC job applicants to Fresh Direct, one who had already performed the work of the job for approximately five months, filed a class action lawsuit against the grocery delivery service alleging that they and others who were otherwise qualified to work for FD were illegally rejected based on the companies criminal history screening process in violation of the New York City Human Rights Law FreshDirect has “instituted a sham process for evaluating applicants’ criminal histories,” it says. The complaint alleges violations of New York State and City civil rights laws requiring an...