VA Beach Ambulance Co. Violated False Claims Act, Feds Say

VA Beach Ambulance Co. Violated False Claims Act, Feds Say

A Virginia Beach ambulance company will pay $9 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act. Medical Transport LLC, a company based in Virginia Beach, reportedly submitted false claims for ambulance transports, the Justice Department says. The company allegedly submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE f...

Woman Fired After Reporting Harassment

Woman Fired After Reporting Harassment

A Sentara Healthcare worker says she was fired after reporting a colleague’s inappropriate behavior. The woman says she was the subject of repeated sexual harassment from a coworker. When behavior escalated and she reported him to their supervisor, she was fired ten days later. Now, the Hampton woman is filing a wrongful termination lawsuit i...

Baltimore Baking Company Ordered to Pay Overtime to Delivery Workers

Baltimore Baking Company Ordered to Pay Overtime to Delivery Workers

What do you get when you ask employees to work overtime, refuse to pay them beyond 40 hours and require them to make deliveries in their own personal vehicles? The answer: a lawsuit. A bakery in Baltimore has been ordered to pay employees overtime for deliveries they made in their own cars beyond 40 hours […]

Panera Employees File Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit

Panera Employees File Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit

Former Panera employees in Washington, D.C. and Alabama are seeking legal action after working overtime and not being paid accordingly. The pair of employees say they were misclassified as exempt from overtime protections, working more than 40 hours per week without receiving extra compensation for their time. They routinely worked 60 hour weeks. T...

SEC Whistleblower Tips Up 50 Percent Since 2012

SEC Whistleblower Tips Up 50 Percent Since 2012

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission say they have received 50 percent more tips this year when compare to fiscal year 2012. That’s more than 4,400 tips from concerned whistleblowers hoping to gain protection and award money from the SEC. 62 percent of awarded whistleblowers were current or former industry insiders, using their unique ...

Workers Cite Racially-Hostile Environment in Shipyard Lawsuit

Workers Cite Racially-Hostile Environment in Shipyard Lawsuit

Discriminatory hiring practices and the use of racial epithets are just some of the reasons former Norfolk shipyard employees say they have filed a lawsuit. Seventeen former employees say that Lyon Shipyard, Inc. discriminated against them based on their race. Court documents reveal that supervisors referred to African American employees using raci...

Roanoke Restaurant Ordered to Pay $3 Million to Workers

Roanoke Restaurant Ordered to Pay $3 Million to Workers

Restaurant owners in Roanoke have been ordered to pay $3 million to workers they allegedly cheated out of overtime pay and tips. The three owners oversaw six Mexican restaurants and 149 past and present employees. Workers say during the period between 2012 and 2015, servers were paid only in tips and not compensated for overtime […]

Whistleblower Clause Protects Food, Agricultural Workers From Retaliation

Whistleblower Clause Protects Food, Agricultural Workers From Retaliation

A Food Safety Modernization Act clause will allow food and agricultural workers protection should they raise the flag on unsafe practices. Section 402 protects privately employed food and agriculture workers who take action reporting food safety concerns. Under the clause, such workers cannot be discharged or punished for their whistleblowing. The ...

Woman Fired Too Quickly from Isle of Wight Co. Job, Judge Rules

Woman Fired Too Quickly from Isle of Wight Co. Job, Judge Rules

When the Family and Medical Leave Act passed in 1993, it aimed to prevent the termination of employees who needed to take time off to recover from injuries. The act protected workers from being fired for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. It was seen as a victory for workers throughout the country. Unfortunately, […]

Detective Sues City of Chesapeake for Discrimination

Detective Sues City of Chesapeake for Discrimination

The city of Chesapeake is facing allegations of discrimination from an African-American detective employed with the police department there. The detective has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chesapeake, the chief of police and three other officers. The allegations stem from a 2015 incident, when the detective learned an internal investigation h...