Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lowe’s Paying $3 Million in Settlement of Overtime Lawsuit

After over seven years and numerous rulings by California appellate courts, Lowe’s has agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit regarding overtime violations. Two employees, Cynthia Parris and Willie Lopez, alleged that Lowe’s forced them and thousands of other employees to work  before and after their normal shifts without compensation.   […]

New Orleans Saints Sue Former Players

The NFL and New Orleans Saints sued eight of the team’s former players and the NFLPA yesterday, alleging the players are required to drop workers compensation claims filed in California. On Tuesday an arbitrator found the players had improperly filed the claims in California because their player contracts required them to file them in Louisiana, […]

Wal-Mart Forces Employees to Work Off the Clock

Once again, Wal-Mart faces a suit brought by its employees for questionable employment practices. On August 18, 2011, an employee of the retail giant in Florida brought a putative class action suit, claiming that Wal-Mart violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  She accused the company of requiring employees to work off the clock, asserting […]

For Working Mothers, Large Law Firms Remain the Holy Grail When Seeking Employment Opportunities

Despite recent attempts by many law firms to provide their employees with greater flexibility in their work schedules, many working mothers continue to struggle to succeed in “Big Law.”  In an attempt to correct this continuing trend, the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA) and other organizations attempt to assist women balance work and family. A […]

CA Court of Appeals Find Employees May Lose Reinstatement Rights under the CFRA

The California Court of Appeal held that employees who fail to return to work after the expiration of the 12-week leave period protected under the California Family Rights Act of 1993 (“CFRA”) are not entitled to reinstatement of their jobs in their recent decision in Rogers v. Los Angeles. Under the CFRA, employees are entitled […]

U.S. Department of Labor May Develop a New Data Tool to Fight Pay Inequality

With women in 2010 earning an average of 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, the elimination of compensation-based discrimination is top priority for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance.  Therefore, it is considering developing a new data tool to collect information on salaries, wages, and other benefits paid to […]

New Haven Faces a Reverse-Reverse Discrimination Suit

Last month, twenty firefighters, all white except for one Hispanic, won more than $2 million in settlements from the city of New Haven, Connecticut for the (reverse) discriminatory practices of the fire department. The 2009 Supreme Court decision Ricci v. DeStefano found that New Haven did not have a substantial reason to throw out the results […]


You should apply for a scholarship to attend the 13th Annual Peggy Browning Conference on: October 14-15, 2011!* **  Conference Goals: To create greater understanding of, appreciation for, and interest in the issues facing American workers. To provide law students with opportunities for networking with fellow law students, top labor lawyers, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government […]

Staff Applications for Volume 2 Now Available!

It’s not too early, or too late, to join a publication and gain invaluable journal experience, especially if you are interested in the vast field of labor and employment law. Perks of membership include forum-only job announcements; forum-only networking opportunities, including attendance at local and regional labor and employment conferences; access to course outlines and […]

Alcoa Mill Products Settles Discrimination Case

Alcoa Mill Products Inc., the world’s leading producer of aluminum,  paid more than $540,000 in back wages in their settlement agreement with  39 Hispanic, African American, and female applicants who were denied jobs at the company’s plant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs had conducted a scheduled compliance review of Alcoa who has contracts with […]