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U.S. Sues AT&T for Age Discrimination

Yesterday the A.P. ran a news piece announcing that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was suing AT&T for age discrimination.

Headquartered in Texas, AT&T is the country's biggest telecommunications utility company and has almost 300,000 employees.

The lawsuit alleges that AT&T has discriminated against older employees by "denying them the chance to be rehired solely because they left under early retirement plans."

Up to 50,000 AT&T employees have left under the guise of an early retirement program, after which AT&T then deems you ineligible to be rehired.

Employment Law Updates: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 became law earlier this year, and successfully reverses a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.) in which a woman had sued her employer over wage discrimination. The court ruled that because the company’s initial wage decision had occurred many many years earlier, Ledbetter’s claim was time-barred even if it had an ongoing discriminatory impact on her present pay level.

Nursing Home Operator Settles Workplace Discrimination Suit

The Los Angeles Times reported today that a southern California based healthcare outfit operating nursing homes settled an EEOC-initiated class action lawsuit.

Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. which has nursing care facilities in 6 states, was alleged to have enforced an “English-only” against Spanish-speaking employees, but not against native speakers of other languages.

“Nine to Five” -- Pop Culture Representations of Workplace Issues

Last night a couple friends and I watched a DVD of one of my favorite movies, “Nine to Five.” I watch it every few months or so, and this past October a friend and I even flew to Los Angeles to see the Broadway musical adaptation in previews before it debuts in New York later this month.

Worker Protections, Government Oversight and the Role of Private Attorneys

I’m in the midst of preparing a first draft of Kumin Sommers’ human resources policy manual, and I’m struck – if not especially surprised – by the nexus between employer personnel policies and our firm’s work advocating on behalf of workers.

Let’s briefly step back a bit though and put a few things into context…

Incompetence at Department of Labor's Wage & Hour Division

On Tuesday, March 24, 2009, the New York Times published a fascinating but disturbing article about overwhelming failures at the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (DOL-WHD). A report by the GAO detailing the results of undercover investigation is to be released on Wednesday.

Supreme Court Decision issued in Levine v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Earlier today the United States Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in Levine v. Wyeth. This is fantastic news for consumers, patients, and victims of pharmaceutical misconduct. The text of the opinion can be found here.

The legal issue under scrutiny was whether approval by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) of a drug’s warning label should preempt state court lawsuits.

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