Class Waiver Ruling Could Backfire On Businesses: Panel

Law360—Braden Campbell
05.23.2018

Though they’re celebrating the decision as a win, employers may not like the legal response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that businesses can make workers sign away their rights to file class suits as a condition of employment, panelists said Wednesday at an American Arbitration Association conference.



Class Waivers Declared Legal: What's Next For Plaintiffs?

Law360—Vin Gurrieri
05.23.2018

Although employers scored a landmark win Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workers can be barred from pursuing class claims, the decision could prove to be a double-edged sword, since businesses face the prospect of footing the bill for an avalanche of individual arbitration demands workers may file. Here's a look at how plaintiffs will forge ahead now that the ruling is on the books.



McDonald’s Employees Expose On-the-Job Sexual Harassment

Eater— Bryce Covert
05.23.2018

In a new filing with the EEOC, 10 workers, all women of color, say they were harassed by managers and co-workers

Last year, while working at a New Orleans McDonald’s, Tanya Harrel experienced sexual harassment twice in the span of a single month.



Uber's new rules on arbitration for sex-related claims face 1st test

ABC News—Taylor Dunn and Abigail Shalawylo
05.22.2018

A former employee is suing Uber less than a week after the company announced it is doing away with a rule that forced arbitration on passengers, drivers or employees who come forward with claims of sexual harassment or assault.

The lawsuit, filed by software engineer Ingrid Avendaño, alleges years of discrimination based on her gender and race, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, retaliation for taking a medical leave and pay inequality, among other allegations. The suit will be the first test of the company’s new policy.



Uber’s female workers ‘degraded’ and sexually harassed: lawsuit

Mercury News—Ethan Baron
05.22.2018

Former Uber software engineer Ingrid Avendaño repeatedly called attention to illegal discrimination against women in the ride-hailing giant’s workplace, to no avail, according to the law firm representing her in a new lawsuit.

“Each time Avendaño raised concerns regarding unlawful conduct, she was met with Uber’s entrenched disregard for the rights of its women employees and a refusal to take effective steps to prevent harassment,” law firm Outten & Golden said in a statement.



10 McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims

NBC News—Kalhan Rosenblatt, Kenzi Abou-Sabe and Associated Press
05.22.2018

Two national advocacy groups are joining forces to lodge sexual harassment claims against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant, the groups announced Tuesday.

The workers have filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "alleging an array of illegal conduct in McDonald’s restaurants across nine cities," according to a press release.



Former Uber engineer sues company for sexual harassment, testing company's new policy on lawsuits

USA Today—Mike Snider
05.22.2018

A former Uber software engineer has sued the ride-hailing company for sexual harassment, sexual and racial discrimination, and retaliation.



Former Uber engineer sues for sexual harassment

BBC-Technology
05.22.2018

A former Uber engineer is suing the firm for sexual harassment days after it changed its policy allowing employees to take it to court.



Former Uber engineer sues, tests new sex-based claims policy

CNBC—Reuters
05.22.2018

A former software engineer at Uber Technologies filed a lawsuit on Monday against the ride-hailing service on Monday, claiming she was subjected to years of sexual harassment there and subjected to retaliation for complaining about it.

The lawsuit by Ingrid Avendano provides an early test of Uber's new policy allowing people claiming sexual harassment and sexual assault to pursue their claims in court, rather than be forced into arbitration.



Uber’s facing another lawsuit for sexual harassment

TechCrunch—Catherine Shu
05.22.2018

A former Uber software engineer filed a lawsuit against the company today in the Superior Court of California, accusing it of retaliating against her for after she reported sexual harassment and discrimination.