In the most recent class action lawsuit filed against Lyft, claimants are alleging misclassification of their employment status with the popular transportation company. Incorrectly identified as independent contractors, Lyft drivers must adhere to strict standards that would normally fall under the classification of an employee, not an independent contractor. The principal claimant, Donald Brunner Jr., who filed the class action in the Northern District of California is arguing that drivers are not compensated for their overtime, minimum wage, or expense reimbursement. The class action also points to Lyft’s lack of providing itemized wage statements and keeping correct payroll documentation. Continue reading
Despite the adage that we get better with age, corporate America appears to uphold a different philosophy. Several companies, including Goldman Sachs, IBM, Verizon Communications, and Google have become the topics of scrutiny concerning their employee demographics. According to observations, these companies harbor a tendency to hire younger workers and push out the older generation. In particular, Google played the defendant role in a recent class-action lawsuit that has now settled. According to claims, Google denied employment to well-qualified applicants who were not fresh out of college, over the age of 40. Continue reading
Apparently, the Borgata Casino was not ready for this jelly. In a surprising result, the Atlantic County Supreme Court reaffirmed the casino’s right to terminate a Borgata Babe’s employment contract solely on the premise of weight gain. The group of 22 Borgata babes filed suit in direct response to their considered stringent employment stipulations. The Borgata Babes, the jack of all trades of Borgata’s Food and Beverage Service, contend the employment requirements were objectifying, demeaning, and draconian. Read more
The rule of thumb is that one is innocent until proven otherwise. That is not always the case when it comes to cases of wrongful termination. Guilty by association has cost many people their jobs and this trend will most likely always be around.
Recently, a New Hampshire hospital, Exeter, fired one of its nurses to due her close relationship with one of their doctors who was accused of infecting his patients with Hepatitis C.