Owners of McDonald’s in PA Accused of Violating Child Labor Laws

A couple that operates 13 McDonald’s locations in Pennsylvania has been accused by the feds of more than 100 child labor violations at its burger joints. The Department of Labor is accusing franchise owners John and Kathleen Santonastasso of working 14- and 15-year-old employees outside of legal hours, and allowing them to handle equipment they are not old enough to legally operate. Regulators also found that the franchise owners regularly worked minors into the evening on school days, and more than eight hours a day on non-school days. Both practices are illegal. Continue reading

Twitter Faces Legal Action from Former Employees Over Benefits

A trio of former Twitter employees are taking legal action against the Elon Musk-led company – alleging the billionaire “job killer” stiffed them on promised severance benefits following a sweeping round of layoffs. The former employees — Helen Sage-Lee, Adrian Trejo Nuñez and Amir Shevat – have tapped celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom and filed individual arbitration claims against Twitter. The ex-workers accused Musk of overseeing a cruel layoff process that ended in a severance plan that fell short of what had been promised prior to the billionaire’s acquisition. Continue reading

Fired CEO Files Lawsuit Over Claims of “Illegal Firing”

Former MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros vowed to pursue legal action after the system’s board fired him, and he wasted little time in backing up those words. Boutros is suing MetroHealth, saying the Cleveland-based system acted improperly in terminating him Nov. 22. Boutros, who was slated to step down at the end of the year, said the board’s firing was retaliatory and that the board violated Ohio state law in hiring his successor, Airica Steed. He said in the suit that the “illegal firing” gives him claims against MetroHealth and its board. In that court filing in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Boutros said he plans to file a separate lawsuit “to recover damages from this retaliation and other misconduct.” Continue reading

Immigrant Rights Group Sues DeSantis for Migrant Flights

Three Florida-based immigrant rights groups sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday over the migrant flights that his administration organized to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., in September. Florida Immigrant Coalition, Americans for Immigrant Justice and Hope CommUnity Center filed the lawsuit against DeSantis and Florida Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, arguing that they were “infringing upon the federal government’s immigration system by creating a separate, parallel immigration system.” The immigrant rights groups specifically asked the court to strike down the section of Florida’s 2022 appropriations act that devoted $12 million toward transporting “unauthorized aliens” out of the state. Continue reading

McDonald’s Sues Over Pork Price-Fixing

McDonald’s is the latest restaurant brand to file a lawsuit against pork suppliers, alleging they conspired to engage in a pork price-fixing scheme, cutting into the burger-seller’s bottom line. McDonald’s filed the lawsuit against pork processing plants Clemens, Hormel, JBS Foods USA, Seaboard Foods, Smithfield Food, Triumph Foods and Tyson Foods on Nov. 25 in a New York federal court, alleging violations of antitrust laws. According to the lawsuit, McDonald’s has been paying inflated prices for bacon, sausage and ham products due to the processing plants’ collusion, facilitated by data sharing service Agri Stats, also a defendant in the case. Continue reading

Engineer Accuses SpaceX of Sidelining Him Over Fears He Might “Retire or Die”

A 62-year-old engineer alleged he was sidelined at SpaceX over colleagues’ fears that he might “retire or die.” John Johnson said he had been the victim of age discrimination at Elon Musk’s rocket company in an essay published on Wednesday on the whistleblower website Lioness. Johnson said he has filed a complaint with the Washington State Human Rights Commission. Insider has viewed a copy of the complaint that was provided by Johnson. The commission did not respond to a request for comment from Insider. Continue reading

Surviving Employee of Walmart Shooting Sues for $50M

A Walmart employee who survived last week’s mass shooting at a store in Virginia has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company for allegedly continuing to employ the shooter — a store supervisor — “who had known propensities for violence, threats and strange behavior.” The lawsuit, which appears to be the first to stem from the shooting, was filed Tuesday in Chesapeake Circuit Court by Donya Prioleau. Walmart, which is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, did not immediately respond to a written request seeking comment on the litigation. Prioleau’s suit alleges that she has experienced post-traumatic distress disorder, including physical and emotional distress, from witnessing the rampage in the store’s breakroom on Nov. 22. Continue reading

Retired NYC Workers Sue Mayor Administration

Retired New York City government workers — who enjoy among the most generous taxpayer-provided health benefits in the U.S. — are suing Mayor Eric Adams and the city for $55 million over $15 copays for doctors visits. The Manhattan Supreme Court class-action suit was filed on behalf of 183,0000 retirees. It claims the city and Emblem Health/GHI are violating a court order to not impose additional costs on retirees for the 20 percent supplemental coverage not covered by Medicare, the federal health program for senior citizens 65 and over. Continue reading

Ex-Kaiser Pharmacist Sues for Being Fired During COVID-19 Leave

A former Kaiser Foundation Hospitals pharmacist is suing the company and several Kaiser affiliates, alleging she was wrongfully fired earlier this year for taking leave to care for her elderly parents, her 5-year-old son, her husband and herself after they all were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Ani J. Adamian’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit allegations include wrongful termination, disability discrimination and harassment, whistleblower retaliation, failure to accommodate and engage in the interactive process, race and gender discrimination, defamation, and violations of the state Labor Code. The 41-year-old Adamian, who is of Armenian ancestry, seeks unspecified damages in the suit brought Nov. 17. A Kaiser spokeswoman said the company has not been served yet, but that “we do not have any comments to share.” Continue reading

Employees File Lawsuit Against Furniture Store After Layoffs

The first series in a potential flood of WARN Act employee lawsuits were filed last week against United Furniture Industries Inc. after it shockingly ended the jobs of at least 530 Triad employees and at least 2,700 companywide. All three lawsuits were filed by Mississippi-based employees in the federal Northern District of Mississippi, where United’s Okolona, Miss., headquarters is located. Meanwhile, there has not been a federal bankruptcy protection filing by United as of Sunday. Continue reading