Tag Archives: Department of Labor


Posted 12 months ago in Labor and Employment by Josh Crank  
Bank of America Fined $2.2M for Racial Discrimination

A federal judge ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $2.2 million for its racially discriminatory hiring practices in a case that has spanned almost 20 years. U.S. Department of Labor Judge Linda S. Chapman levied the fine for back wages and interest for “unfair and inconsistent selection criteria resulting in the rejection of qualified African American applicants” at the bank’s Charlotte headquarters. The unfair hiring practices were first discovered in 1993 during a routine compliance review by the labor …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
DOL Goes to Bat for Tipped Workers

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that the Department of Labor cannot keep employers from forcing waitstaff to share tips with other restaurant workers in what is known as tip-pooling, but the DOL is appealing the ruling.   Limits on Pooling Found Too Broad Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, while employers must pay workers a minimum wage, when a worker is a tipped employee, the employer can credit part of the tips against the minimum wage and pay …

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TGI Fridays Busted for Family Leave Violations

The leave policy of TGI Fridays violates the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the popular restaurant chain has agreed to change its company-wide policy and pay one employee back wages, according to the the Department of Labor (DOL).   Notification Violations The DOL announced the company’s agreement on Aug. 7, following an investigation of a TGI Fridays restaurant in Shreveport, La. There, an employee took FMLA-covered leave but the company didn’t reinstate the employee to the same or equivalent …

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Interns Assert Their Rights Via Lawsuits

It’s summertime, and for many college students, that means internship season. If you land an internship, pay close attention to how the company has structured it – if you’re performing work that an employee would normally do, that company could be violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).    Not Model Behavior Earlier in 2013, a former unpaid intern at Elite Modeling Management Corp. sued the prestigious modeling agency for $50 million in unpaid wages and overtime, alleging it violated …

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Posted 2 years ago in Labor and Employment by Josh Crank  
Courtney Love Sued by Ex-Assistant for “Evil,” “Despicable Conduct”

Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, who was sued last month for alleged nonpayment of more than $400,000 in attorney’s fees, is now facing a different lawsuit from her former assistant. The new suit alleges unpaid wages and a whole lot more — including claims that Love directed her assistant to hire a computer hacker and mail fake legal documents. Jessica Labrie, Love’s former assistant, claims that she routinely worked more than 60 hours per week without overtime pay, and that “harassment, …

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