Philadelphia Employment Law News

December 2012 Archives

Are Pre-Employment Credit Checks Discriminatory?

Is it legal for employers to conduct credit checks as part of pre-employment screening? It's a practice that's done in many cases, but if not done right, it can amount to discrimination.

And in many states, it's even a practice that's prohibited or limited by law.

It may not seem like outright discrimination to ask for your credit history. Some might even feel that it's a fair question. After all, what does credit history have to do with race?

U-Haul Sued for Race, Gender Discrimination by Male Ex-Employee

A former U-Haul employee has brought a lawsuit against the trucking company alleging racial discrimination, reports The Pennsylvania Record.

Anthony Briggs claims that U-Haul discriminated against him because he is African American. He filed his case in federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Briggs claims that he was demoted and transferred to a different location as an assistant manager, after he had been manager, the Record reports.

Alycia Lane's Lawsuit Against Former Employer Tossed

It looks like Alycia Lane’s lawsuit against her employer won’t stand. According to Philebrity, a Philadelphia judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the former CBS Philadelphia news anchor after she was dismissed by the Philadelphia CBS affiliate.

Her lawsuit alleged defamation but went back the theory of wrongful dismissal and the idea that her employer could have done a better job protecting her from the alleged invasion of privacy she endured at the hands of a coworker.

In her lawsuit, Lane alleges that her former co-host hacked into her email account, leaking private information. Some of this information involved an arrest in New York. The man behind the hacking: Larry Mendte, who alleges that he was also Lane’s former lover.

Bad Bosses: What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

This week, there's been a lot of talk in the news about workplace bullying. This is in light of a recent study that revealed workplace bullying is a lot more common than one would imagine. The study points to the fact that those who face workplace bullying often end up on medication, reports ABC News.

Specifically, they end up taking anti-psychotic and anti-depression medication to ease the pain. It's no wonder. After all, work is a huge part of life and a stressful boss can really make your life a nightmare.

In some cases, dealing with a boss is so stressful that an employee looks for legal help, citing "hostile work environment." But what really is a hostile work environment, and when can you sue for it? Is being on medication sufficient to bring a claim for hostile work environment?

NHL Player Lockout Goes to Federal Court

Sorry, Flyers fans. You won't be able to catch any hockey games in the near future. The National Hockey League is in the middle of a labor dispute in Manhattan federal court.

The NHL players' union is being sued by the League and all of its teams, possibly putting a damper on the whole season as the teams might not resume playing anytime soon.

The owners are locked out this time, and the players are voting on whether to give up their collective bargaining rights.

To break this down, the NHL and the owners of its teams are facing off against the players and their union.

Chickie's and Pete's Hit With Wage and Hour Lawsuit

Talk about wage and hour violations, Chickie's and Pete's is facing some real problems when it comes to employee tips. Looks like they've had their hands in the coffers a little too much.

Andrew Laplante, a former bartender the restaurant, claims that he and other employees at the airport franchise had to pay their employer 2 percent of their total credit card receipts at closing time. They had to pay up in cash. They called it the "Pete Tax."

Now, Laplante and others are suing in Federal court.

Wet Seal Wants 'Armani Look', Gets Hit With Discrimination Suit

Not every employment discrimination lawsuit is viable. That's why you let the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decide for you.

Often, what leads to a good employment discrimination case is good evidence. And there's no better evidence than a paper trail.

In a recent case, the EEOC has found that a woman in King of Prussia has a case against the retailer Wet Seal, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tall, Male and Jewish: The Claims in the Greenberg Traurig Lawsuit

More on the Greenberg Traurig lawsuit. This suit only becomes more interesting by the day. Now, The Phoenix Business Journal is saying that former partner Francine Friedman Griesing, was told that only "tall, male and Jewish" attorneys succeed at Greenberg.

Griesing is the only named plaintiff in the lawsuit, but the suit is seeking class certification. The lawsuit alleges that the law firm of Greenberg Traurig practices gender-based discrimination.

So does the lawsuit say what many female lawyers think? The complaint of women feeling disparity echoes loud and clear in high power industries such as law and finance, as we've seen recently with the case of Ellen Pao, who's suing the venture capital powerhouse Kleiner Perkins.

Former Partner Sues Greenberg Traurig Over Gender Discrimination

It’s not often you see a law firm on the other end of a discrimination lawsuit. And by “other end”, we mean not as defenders, but as the defendant.

A Philadelphia attorney is bringing a discrimination lawsuit against the Greenberg Traurig law firm, reports The Phoenix Business Journal.

Discrimination lawsuits against large law firms are definitely newsworthy. One big reason is for the fact that they’re pretty rare. Many agree there is an unwritten rule in the legal profession that says a lawyer will never work again if he or she sues the law firm.

Lost Your Job? You May Still Have Health Coverage Under COBRA

For many, being unemployed means losing out on one's health insurance benefits. While that may be the case over the long term, there is something called COBRA, which extends your current health care coverage in the case of certain life events, including unemployment.

COBRA stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. It was passed as part of ERISA -- The Employment Retirement Income Security Act, which is part of the Tax Code.

The key thing to know about COBRA is that it applies to certain (not all) employers and extends health care coverage temporarily to certain former employees (again, not all).