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Law firm Ogletree Deakins is named in a $300 million gender discrimination class action

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by Steve Larson

A shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ Orange County office has filed suit against the law firm alleging the firm’s male-dominated leadership disproportionately favors men over women in pay, promotions and business development opportunity. The complaint alleges that women hold only two of nine seats on Ogletree’s board of directors and two of six firm officer positions. The complaint also alleges that compensation decisions are controlled by a male-dominated compensation committee and then voted upon by Ogletree’s equity shareholders, which are about 80 percent male.

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Google employees amend complaint in gender pay class action

Posted on: January 9th, 2018 by Steve Larson

An amended complaint was filed in California state court on January 3, 2018, adding a fourth named plaintiff and more specific allegations about the internet giant’s alleged methods for paying women less than men for the same types of work. In December, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Mary E. Wiss had granted Google Inc.’s bid to dismiss the suit finding that the women’s claims under the California Equal Pay Act extrapolated too much from a U.S. Department of Labor report on pay disparities at Google.

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Advertising age discrimination class action filed against T-Mobile, Amazon, and many others

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A proposed class action complaint filed in California federal court on December 20, 2017, alleges that T-Mobile, Amazon, and hundreds of other companies are discriminating against older workers by limiting the audience for their Facebook advertisements to only reach younger users. The Communications Workers of America alleged on behalf of a proposed class of older workers that companies, at Facebook Inc.’s prompting, are limiting the audience that sees their want ads to audiences under the age of 40, or setting other upper-end age limitations that would stop older workers from ever even seeing the recruitment advertisements, according to the suit.

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Petco settles assistant manager overtime class action

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Assistant Managers for Petco Animal Supplies Inc. have reached an $8 million settlement of a wage-and-hour class action alleging it failed to pay assistant store managers for overtime. Under the terms of the settlement, the 900 class members will receive nearly $9,000 each.

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Judge rules American Family Insurance agents are employees, not independent contractors

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A federal judge in Ohio ruled that a certified class of nearly 7,000 insurance agents were misclassified as independent contractors by American Family Insurance Co. and are in fact employees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The Judge found the company exerted a level of control like that of an employer.

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Duane Reade settles wage and hour class action

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On May 4, 2017, U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken approved a $13.5 million settlement between drugstore giant Duane Reade and a class of assistant store managers who claim that the defendant did not pay them proper overtime wages. The employees alleged they worked more than 50 hours a week.

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  • Steve Larson has been representing investors, consumers and employees in class actions in Oregon for over 20 years. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Stoll Berne in Portland, Oregon.
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