Chauniqua Young of Outten & Golden LLP, who represents workers in discrimination cases, said new requirements that employers must be transparent around salary ranges, which Connecticut, Nevada and Rhode Island passed in 2021, were especially important.
"The fact that you have three jurisdictions passing these types of laws is a tribute to legislatures trying to get things done and probably a host of organizers that are bringing issues to state legislatures' attention," Young said. "I expect to see that more states will pass pay transparency laws."
Moira Heiges-Goepfert, an Outten & Golden LLP attorney who represents California workers, said the case sets up an opportunity for the justices to explain just how much of an impact a state law needs to have on motor carriers to trigger FAAAA preemption.
"It's a perfect policy question," she said. "What does 'related to' mean?"
"The Ninth Circuit is saying the state law has to be pretty closely related to a price, route, or service, a very specific interpretation," she said. "Whereas the First Circuit has taken a much broader view and said anything that has a significant impact on routes or prices or service would be enough to be preempted."
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.”
Outten & Golden partner Ossai Miazad recently settled a hiring discrimination case against The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) on behalf of David Rodriguez, a DACA recipient who applied for an internship at P&G, and others similarly situated to him. The case sought to address P&G’s policy and practice of screening out internship and entry-level applicants who are non-United States citizens unless they held a long-term work authorization.
The case was filed as a putative class action in federal district court in...
On September 29, 2021, Outten & Golden obtained court approval of a settlement agreement and consent decree that prohibits the individuals who allegedly ran an unlicensed, worked-based "recovery" program with multiple citations from the Department of Labor, from operating or directing a rehabilitation program in the state of North Carolina. The settlement and consent decree enforcing it follow Outten & Golden's recovery of $805,000 through settlements with the businesses that contracted with the recovery program. Plaintiffs are also represented by the North Carolina Justice Center...
Syracuse University has agreed to pay more than $3.7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from five women professors who alleged that they were unfairly compensated compared to men in similar positions.
Syracuse University has agreed to pay $3.7 million to settle a lawsuit brought by five female faculty members who claimed they were paid less than their male counterparts who held equivalent positions.