Author Archives: Welter Law Firm P.C.

Recent Employment Law Jury Verdicts and Settlements (Sept-Oct 2015)

Here’s a roundup of recent employment law jury verdicts and settlements of note to employers from across the United States:

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U.S. Department of Labor Cracks Down on Overtime Violations with $18M Halliburton Settlement

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) demonstrated the seriousness of its focus on overtime pay violations with a record-setting recovery of more than $18.3 million in wages the agency determined was due to more than 1,016 employees of Halliburton, the … Continue reading

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Federal Jury Award Highlights Importance of Training on Religious Accommodation

On October 22, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that a federal jury in Peoria, Illinois has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian‑American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as truck drivers when they refused to transport … Continue reading

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9th Circuit: Employers Can’t Force Arbitration of an Employee’s Representative PAGA Claims

In an important and highly anticipated decision for California employers, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the California Supreme Court in upholding the 2014 Iskanian rule (Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los Angeles, LLC, 59 … Continue reading

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Employers Beware: The Hidden Dangers of Utah’s Public Policy on Self-Defense

On September 17, 2015, the Utah Supreme Court held that an employee who is terminated for violating their employer’s “no-confrontation” policy can maintain a claim of wrongful discharge so long as that employee (1) reasonably believed that force was necessary … Continue reading

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When Providing 12 Weeks of Leave Is Not Enough: Trucking Company Pays $300,000 To Settle EEOC Suit

According to a September 2015 press release issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), CTI, Inc., a regional trucking company based in Tucson, Arizona, will pay $300,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed … Continue reading

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