Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has narrowed former associate Alexandra Marchuk's discrimination suit against class action boutique Faruqi & Faruqi and the partner she says harrassed her, dismissing claims against the firm's principals.
A requirement that two city police employees undergo off-duty alcohol treatment and counseling to keep their jobs is not "work" requiring compensation under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, Southern District Judge Ronnie Abrams ruled Monday.
Retaliation claims are the most common employment-related suits filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Since 1997, retaliation claims have been on a steady rise, and in 2013, such claims made up 41.1 percent of all charges filed with the EEOC, according to its own statistics. Because all of the laws enforced by the EEOC, which prohibit discrimination in employment, also prohibit retaliation in any aspect of employment, employers are highly susceptible to retaliation claims. Employers must take proactive steps to train managers, supervisors and human resources personnel to protect themselves against the ever-increasing liability of retaliation lawsuits.
In tossing contract claims by two former Marsh & McLennan executives, a judge in New York signaled that companies facing government probes can reasonably expect employees to cooperate with internal investigations even if they risk self-incrimination.