How the courts help companies keep sexual misconduct under cover

Reuters—Dan Levine, Benjamin Lesser and Renee Dudley

Women sexually harassed on the job sometimes decide to hold their abusers – and their employers – accountable in court. But quite often, judges let companies keep their secrets.

Cristina Chen-Oster, a senior salesperson in Goldman Sachs’s convertible bonds department, was a few years out of MIT when a male colleague pinned her against a wall, kissed her, groped her and tried to engage in a sexual act, she said in a lawsuit in federal court. After reporting the incident to her boss, the lawsuit alleged, she missed out on pay and promotions while her accused attacker steadily rose through the...

Employment Law Firm Outten & Golden Announces Promotion of Four Lawyers in New York City and Washington, DC Offices

PRNewswire—Outten & Golden LLP

Employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP announced today the promotion of Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, Sally J. Abrahamson, Melissa Lardo Stewart, and Gregory S. Chiarello to partnership effective January 1, 2018.

Melissa E. Pierre-Louis is Co-Chair of the firm's Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group, representing employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. She is based in the New York office.

Before joining Outten & Golden in 2008, Ms. Pierre-Louis worked as a public interest fellow at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman LLP, where she worked...

Jude C. Nwaokobia — Employment Lawyer Washington, DC

Jude C. Nwaokobia

Associate
Washington, DC Office

Connecticut Jury Finds Tech Support Workers Were "Willfully" Unpaid By Computer Sciences Corporation

Outten & Golden LLP, Feinberg Jackson Worthman & Wasow LLP, and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

A federal jury ruled late Wednesday that Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which recently merged with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services to form DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), wrongly and willfully denied overtime pay to approximately 1,000 current and former technology support workers around the country.  After deliberating over two days, the Connecticut jury unanimously rejected CSC’s claim that its System Administrators in the “Associate Professional” and “Professional” job titles are exempt under federal, Connecticut and California law, ruling instead that the workers should have been...

Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination

The New York Times—Julia Angwin, Noam Scheiber and Ariana Tobin

This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new hires could look forward to a rewarding career in which they would be “more than just a number.”

Some relevant numbers were not immediately evident. The promotion was set to run on the Facebook feeds of users 25 to 36 years...

Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads

Julia Angwin, ProPublica, Noam Scheiber, The New York Times, and Ariana Tobin, ProPublica

Among the companies we found doing it: Amazon, Verizon, UPS and Facebook itself. “It’s blatantly unlawful,” said one employment law expert.

This story was co-published with The New York Times.

A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new hires could look forward to a rewarding career in which they would be "more than just a number.”

Some relevant numbers were not immediately evident. The promotion was set to run on the...

Class Action Lawsuit Hits T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox and Hundreds of Large Employers for Allegedly Using Facebook to Exclude Millions of Older Americans from Job Ads in Violation of Age Discrimination Laws

Communications Workers of America and Outten & Golden LLP

Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and three workers filed a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile US, Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon), Cox Communications and Media Group (Cox), and hundreds of other large employers and employment agencies who allegedly engaged in the unlawful practice of excluding older workers from receiving job ads on Facebook for open positions at their companies. The lawsuit, which challenges how Facebook’s paid ad platform is allegedly being used to hide job ads and opportunities from older workers nationally, has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the...

The Courts are Getting It Wrong When it Comes to Unpaid Interns

Economic Policy Institute—Rachel Bien

For the past six years, a group of brave young (and some not so young) former interns have been fighting for workplace protections, including the right to be paid. Not just to be paid properly— to be paid at all. I have had the privilege of representing many them in their lawsuits. It has been quite a journey that, at this point, is going in the wrong direction.

At the beginning, the court of public opinion was decidedly against us. Anderson Cooper mocked our lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures, which used unpaid interns on its Black Swan film production, placing it on his “RidicuList.”

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Microsoft Intern’s Rape Claim Highlights Struggle to Combat Sex Discrimination

Bloomberg—Karen Weise, Dune Lawrence, and Dina Bass

The woman was an intern when her Microsoft colleagues took her out for drinks in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. She lived miles away in Redmond, the home to Microsoft’s suburban campus, so after a night of drinking, she crashed with a male intern and his friend who lived in a group house nearby. She fell asleep in the basement, while the other intern and his friend played guitar.

But during the night, her lawyer would later write to Microsoft, the male intern sexually assaulted her—or “forcibly penetrated her while she was sleeping,” according to her lawyer’s letter. When she woke,...

3rd Circ. Urged To Revive SEPTA Background Check Suit

Law360—Matt Fair

The Third Circuit was urged during oral arguments on Tuesday to revive class claims accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of failing to provide job applicants with a chance to respond to consumer reports detailing criminal histories that the agency said disqualified them from employment.

Deeptak Guta, an attorney with Gupta Wessler PLLC representing the three lead plaintiffs in the case, argued that the trial court had created an insurmountable hurdle by requiring the would-be SEPTA workers to show that the reports, which they never received copies of, contained...