Recent Blog Posts
Take Aways: 1. The United States Supreme Court’s Genesis holding offered nothing to resolve the circuit split and dodged the central issue: Whether an unaccepted offer of judgment that fully satisfies a plaintiff’s FLSA claim moots the claim. 2. Going forward, the Court’s holding in Genesis is meaningless because it is premised on the… Read More »
Who is a “Key Employee” under the FMLA? Limits on certain employees’ rights to restoration after taking FMLA leave. The FMLA provides that an eligible employee is entitled to take medical leave for various reasons, such as a serious health condition, which makes an employee unable to perform the basic duties of his or… Read More »
Cat’s Paw Theory: Can a Company be held liable if the discriminating supervisor and the individual(s) who made the decision to terminate are different?
Traditional discrimination or retaliation claims involves the employer taking the discriminatory or retaliatory action. Often times companies will try to create an independent process for terminating an employee to avoid liability. For example: an employee receives several disciplinary write-ups. After a certain amount of write-ups, Human Resources becomes involved. At large companies, the HR… Read More »
Is there protection under the law for discrimination/retaliation based on Sexual Orientation (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender)?
As a plaintiff’s side employment lawyer (employee side) I have an unmatched sense of fulfillment when I am able to provide advice or assistance to an individual or group of individuals that are standing up to their employer for what they know is right and for what the law says is wrong. Conversely, I… Read More »
Do you make too much money to be entitled to Overtime under the FLSA? Information on the Highly Compensated Workers Exemption.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affects most private and public employment and relates to, among other things, overtime pay and minimum wages. The FLSA requires employers to pay covered non-exempt employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a work week. Covered employees must… Read More »
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) restricts an employer’s ability to make disability-related inquiries or require medical examinations. The laws and rules depend on the stage of the relationship: pre-offer, post-offer but pre-employment, and during employment. This post relates to medical inquiries and examinations of an employee during employment. Certainly,… Read More »
Are you really an Independent Contractor or “Exempt” from Overtime or Minimum Wage? Lawsuits for Misclassification soar in down economy.
As of July 26, 2012, there have already been 60 more lawsuits (7,064 total) filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) than the entire year of 2011. FLSA Lawsuits Article. The biggest increase in claims results from misclassifications. The two major problems areas exist when (1) an employer classifies an individual as an… Read More »
Discriminating against or terminating an employee because he or she is overweight is generally not unlawful. Weight is not a protected class under Title VII, however, weight can be a characteristic of a medical condition. Thus, in certain situations taking an adverse job action against an employee based on his or weight (too heavy… Read More »
The 16-page FMLA guide that the Department of Labor (DOL) says is “designed to answer common FMLA questions and clarify who can take FMLA leave and what protections the FMLA provides.” Entitled “Need Time? The Employee’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act,” the Guide apparently was created out of DOL’s belief that… Read More »
Is your Leave going to exceed the 12 weeks provided by FMLA? You could still be protected under the ADA.
It is common scenario where an employee’s leave of absence for a serious medical condition exceeds the 12 weeks provided for by the Family Medical Leave Act. So what can an employee do in this situation? An employee can request an extended leave of absence as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities… Read More »