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Job applicants file class action against Washington DC Transit Authority for background checks

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Fotolia TrainA class action lawsuit has been filed against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on behalf of nine African American men who say the agency’s criminal background screening policy violates their civil rights.  The suit alleges that Metro has an “overly broad, unjustifiably rigid and unduly harsh” employee screening policy that disproportionately bars well-qualified black workers from jobs with the agency. The suit also names contractors Diamond Transportation, Executive Personnel Services and First Transit as co-defendants. Read more…


Disney, Sony and Dreamworks sued in class action for conspiring to supress wages

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Walt-Disney-LogoA lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, names a number of employers of technical and creative employees as defendants.  The putative class action alleges that the defendants agreed not to poach employees from one another, in order to keep wages down.  Read more…


Judge sets trial date for wage suppression class action against Silicon Valley companies

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Steve Larson

intelJudge Koh, the California federal judge overseeing the antitrust class action claiming Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers set April 9, 2015, as the trial start date.  As we posted earlier on this blog, the Judge had earlier rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement. Read more…


Intel, Apple, and Google appeal Judge Koh’s rejection of their settlement

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseWe previously blogged about how Federal District Judge Koh ordered four leading tech companies to come up with more money to settle a class-action lawsuit that accuses them of conspiring against their own employees. On September 4, 2014, the companies appealed that ruling to the Ninth Circuit saying the judge was “untethered to — and actually at odds with” the sober realities of the case. They are demanding that the higher court reverse the decision. Read more…


Court rejects proposed settlement of Intel, Google, and Apple wage fixing conspiracy

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected as too low a $324.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Intel, Google and Apple conspired with several other technology companies to block their top workers from getting better job offers. Judge Koh concluded the more than 60,000 high-tech workers represented in the 3-year-old lawsuit deserved to be paid more money, based on the evidence indicating their earning power was undermined by the collusion among their employers. Read more…


Employee class action certified against Apple

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseA lawsuit against Apple filed by former employees was certified as a class action.  A group of corporate and retail store employees allege in the lawsuit they were not given timely lunch and rest breaks and didn’t receive timely final paychecks under California’s labor and wage rules. It is believed that there may be as many as  20,000 current and former Apple workers included in the class.

The lawsuit is seeking damages, attorney fees and costs, and lost wages. Read more…


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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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