Walmart Employee Sues Over Unpaid Wages for Work Done Off-the-Clock

A proposed class and collective action claims Walmart has failed to pay employees for hours worked unloading trucks while off the clock during unpaid meal breaks. The 14-page case out of Kentucky alleges Walmart has violated federal and state labor laws by instructing hourly employees to unload trucks during their mandatory, unpaid lunch breaks, depriving workers of regular wages and overtime compensation. The lawsuit, filed by a former employee whose duties consisted primarily of unloading trucks of inventory at the Hanson, Kentucky Walmart, says that the mega retailer’s alleged misconduct is the result of two conflicting policies. First, it is Walmart’s policy to discipline employees if they do not clock out for a 30-minute, unpaid lunch break “no earlier than exactly three hours after clocking in at the beginning of the shift and no later than exactly five hours after the end of the shift,” the case states. At the same time, however, the company has a policy that dictates “truck drivers should not be made to wait and that trucks should be unloaded as soon as possible after they arrived,” the suit relays. Continue reading

Rivian Workers Allege Unsafe Working Conditions at Plant

Electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive Inc. has found itself in hot water after at least a dozen employees at its Normal, Illinois plant accused the company of safety violations. The complaints, which were filed with federal regulators, were also filed in conjunction with the United Auto Workers (UAW), which has been trying to unionize the facility over the past year. According to the complaints, the EV maker reportedly failed to address known hazards and placed a low priority on safety in the plant. This reportedly resulted in some employees sharing respirators used in the manufacturing process. One Rivian employee even claimed that management had fished damaged electrical cables out of the garbage bin and instructed employees to utilize them. The complaint further described a variety of injuries that the plant’s workers have reportedly experienced, such as wounds, rib fractures, a shattered foot, a slit ear, and a crushed hand. Overall, the findings painted a picture of a carmaker that made compromises in safety while scaling up quickly to keep pace with the cutthroat EV market. Some workers also noted that a number of safety protocols ended up fading as production demands increased. Continue reading

Lawsuits Accuse Casinos of Rounding Down Voucher Payments

Several class action lawsuits have been filed recently against casino operators accused of failing to provide casino players with the change owed to them on their casino game cash-out vouchers. Consumers claim casino operators including Caesars, MGM and Hard Rock fail to provide them with the change on their cash-out vouchers while making it difficult for them to ultimately recover the funds. Failing to make it easy for casino players to recover the change on their cash-out vouchers has resulted in millions of dollars in profits for the casino operators, according to consumers. Continue reading

Bed, Bath & Beyond Accused of Intercepting Consumer Activity

Bed, Bath & Beyond unlawfully intercepted consumers’ online communications through the use of “session replay” spyware that allowed it to watch and record visitors to its website, a new class action lawsuit alleges. Plaintiff Janice Munday filed the class action lawsuit against Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc Nov. 15 in a Pennsylvania federal court, alleging violations of the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act (WESCA). According to the Bed, Bath & Beyond class action, the retailer installed session replay spyware, namely Quantum Metric, to intercept its website visitors’ electronic computer-to-computer data communications on www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Continue reading

Disabled Employee Sues Twitter for Banning Remote Work

Twitter Inc owner Elon Musk’s mandate that employees stop working remotely and put in “long hours at high intensity” discriminates against workers with disabilities, a new lawsuit claims. Dmitry Borodaenko, a California-based engineering manager who said Twitter fired him this week when he refused to report to the office, filed a proposed class action against the company in San Francisco federal court on Wednesday. Borodaenko said Musk’s recent call for Twitter employees to return to the office or quit violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to workers with disabilities. Continue reading

Lawsuit Accuses U.S. Meat Producers of Wage Fixing

An antitrust lawsuit representing workers in the red meat processing industry is accusing 11 U.S. meat producers of colluding to suppress wages and benefits of employees since 2014, according to a press release. Filed on Nov. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the class action lawsuit says the meat processors concealed violation of the Sherman Act, the federal antitrust law, resulting compensation lower than what the market would dictate for workers. Production and maintenance employees at Agri Beef Co., American Foods Group, Cargill, Hormel, Iowa Premium, JBS, National Beef Packing Co., Perdue, Seaboard Foods, Smithfield, Triumph Foods, Tyson or Washington Beef at any point from 2014 to now could be eligible for compensation, according to the press release. Continue reading

CA City Employee Sues Over Allegations of Discrimination by Manager

A senior planner for the city of Auburn has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and employment discrimination by the city manager. Tonya Ward is calling for damages for emotional pain, loss of earnings and benefits from the loss of promotion and mental anguish. The lawsuit was filed with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Sacramento Division on Nov. 3. Continue reading

Tesla Construction Workers File Complaint Over Labor Violations

Construction workers who helped build Tesla’s sprawling gigafactory in Austin, Texas filed multiple complaints to the US Department of Labor on Tuesday, alleging multiple labor violations they said they faced on the job. The construction workers accused their subcontractors — those who employed and paid the workers — of withholding wages from some workers, according to a complaint sent by an attorney at the Workers Defense Project, the nonprofit that’s representing the construction workers. The letter redacted the names of the subcontractors for confidentially purposes in light of a potential investigation. Continue reading

Crypto Exchange FTX Files for Bankruptcy After Collapse

It took less than a week for FTX to go from the third-largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world to bankruptcy court. The embattled cryptocurrency exchange, short billions of dollars, sought bankruptcy protection after the exchange experienced the crypto equivalent of a bank run. FTX, the hedge fund Alameda Research, and dozens of other affiliated companies filed a bankruptcy petition in Delaware on Friday morning. FTX US, which originally was not expected to be included in any financial rescue, was also part of the company’s bankruptcy filing. CEO and founder Sam Bankman-Fried has resigned, the company said. Bankman-Fried was recently estimated to be worth $23 billion and has been a prominent political donor to Democrats. His net worth has all but evaporated, according to Forbes and Bloomberg, which closely track the net worth of the world’s richest people. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims Amazon Prime Membership is Hard to Cancel

Amazon.com intentionally makes it hard to cancel Amazon Prime memberships, a new class action lawsuit alleges. Plaintiff Thomas Dorobiala claims Amazon “engaged in willfully deceptive practices to keep its Prime members locked into their memberships.” He argues Amazon implemented a secret project known as “Project Iliad” that attempts to “thwart Prime membership cancellations.” Continue reading