Animation Studios Settle Wage Theft Lawsuit

Animation Studios Settle Wage Theft Lawsuit

For most people, Hollywood is the place where dreams come true. The talented artists, actors, musicians and comedians who go to Los Angeles to pursue their passions are among some of the most daring and competitive people in the world. When they hit the big time and land their dream job, it’s easy to assume […]

Starbucks Closes Nationwide for HR Workshop

Starbucks Closes Nationwide for HR Workshop

Starbucks stores across the country closed earlier this week to hold anti-bias training for their employees. This move comes on the heels of a controversial incident in one of the company’s Philadelphia stores. Two black men were arrested for loitering in a Starbucks while they awaited a business partner for a meeting there. The arrests [&hel...

Assistant Awarded After Illegal Retaliation

Assistant Awarded After Illegal Retaliation

A Virginia executive assistant has been awarded $50,555 after being unfairly retaliated against by her supervisor. The woman was fired soon after requesting time off under the Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. She says her supervisor placed an advertisement to find her replacement the day after requesting two weeks off for multiple sclerosis treat...

FL Company Defrauded Medicare, Feds Say

FL Company Defrauded Medicare, Feds Say

A Florida respiratory equipment supplier has agreed to pay $9.68 million after being accused of violating the False Claims Act. The company admitted to billing portable oxygen contents to Medicare for people who did not use or need them. The company, Rotech, also admitted to billing Medicare regardless of whether the products were ever delivered. [...

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...