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Iowa Waives Appeal of $2.2 million Verdict In Favor of Settlement

On August 24, 2017 we reported that former communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus, Kristen Anderson, was awarded $2.2 million in damages by a jury that found Anderson had been fired in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Six-Figure Jury Verdict in Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim

A recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit serves as a cautionary tale for employers quick to deny employees’ requests for accommodations after returning from maternity leave. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) prohibits discrimination “on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.” In light of recent trends as shown by this recent ruling, employers should be prepared to work with their employees to find reasonable accommodations pregnancy-related conditions, including breastfeeding.

11th Circuit Upholds Pregnancy Discrimination Award for Breastfeeding Police Officer

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $161,000 jury award to an Alabama narcotics officer whose employer refused to accommodate her need to pump breast milk following her maternity leave. The jury had found the employer illegally retaliated against the officer under both the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and also constructively discharged and discriminated against her.

Judge OK’s 8.75 Million Postmates Settlement

A federal judge in California recently gave his blessing to an $8.75 million settlement in the ongoing litigation by delivery drivers against the food courier service, Postmates. In the class action suit, which was filed in March 2015, delivery drivers claimed that they were misclassified as independent contractors and were paid less than minimum wage. They contended that by labeling them independent contractors instead of employees, Postmates violated California labor statutes, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The plaintiffs asked the court to grant them nationwide class status, which ratcheted up the stakes significantly.

Missed the Webinar about Settling Employment Related Claims?

We recently presented on the topic of settlement and severance agreements as part of Nexsen Pruet’s Employment Law Certificate Series: Building Workplaces That Win.

Sexual, Racial Harassment Settlement Will Cost Ford Motor Co. Up to $10 Million

Ford Motor Company has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle sexual and racial harassment claims, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced.

Jury Awards $4.5 Million to Hospital Employee for Discrimination and Retaliation

A plaintiff has been awarded $4.45 million for an age discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation action he filed under state law in a court in Iowa against his former employer. Gregory Hawkins v. Grinnell Regional Medical Center, et al., No. 08791 LALA002281. The award included $220,009 in back pay, $2 million in emotional distress damages, and $2.28 million for future emotional distress damages.

Discrimination claims against Bass Pro result in $10.5 million settlement and serve as reminder to other employers

Last month, a federal court in Texas approved a settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC in a lawsuit filed by the EEOC that alleged widespread hiring discrimination and retaliation.

Outdoor Retailer to Pay 10.5M in EEOC Hiring Discrimination Case

The Missouri-based Bass Pro Outdoor World will pay 10.5M to settle a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that accused the company of widespread hiring discrimination and retaliation. The money will compensate eligible African-American and Hispanic job candidates who were passed over for jobs.

Texas Roadhouse Settles EEOC Age Bias Lawsuit for $12 Million

The Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve a class action lawsuit in which it was accused of engaging in a nationwide pattern and practice of age discrimination in hiring. The lawsuit claimed that Texas Roadhouse made it "standard operating procedure" to reject older applicants for customer-facing jobs, including hosts, servers, server assistants and bartenders. A four-week trial in federal court in Massachusetts had resulted in a hung jury earlier this year, but a retrial was scheduled for May 2017.