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NYC Extends Greater Protections to Employees Who Seek Reasonable Accommodations

February 01, 2018

New York City recently adopted amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to extend new and heightened protections to employees requesting reasonable accommodations.  Starting October 15, 2018, employers are required to engage in a “cooperative dialogue” with (i) employees with disabilities; (ii) pregnant women; (iii) victims of domestic violence; and (iv) individuals in need of religious accommodations, who request reasonable accommodations from their employer. To [...]

New App “Kendr” Provides Employees with a New Way to Lodge Protected Complaints

January 29, 2018

On Monday, January 29, 2018, a group of Los Angeles attorneys unveiled a new app called “Kendr.”  Kendr, a third-party cell phone app, provides a new avenue for employees to report workplace problems to their employers.  Kendr allows employees in any industry to send messages to their employers – with the option to send a message anonymously – regarding any and all workplace issues. This innovation is significant in light of the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.  Because of [...]

PAGA Pulls Ahead of FAA

December 14, 2017

California workers received an early holiday present as the United States Supreme Court denied a petition from Prudential Overall Supply – an employer seeking to force workers from state court and into a forum where workers’ claims must be brought on an individual basis.  The petition followed the March 7, 2017 decision of Betancourt v. Prudential Overall Supply, 9 Cal. App. 5th 439 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017), in which a California appellate court held that a pre-dispute arbitration agreement [...]

Faruqi & Faruqi, Lead-Counsel, Announces Final Approval of Settlement on Behalf of Sales Agents in the Safe Auto Wage & Hour Class Action

October 23, 2017

Faruqi & Faruqi is pleased to announce final approval of the hard-fought settlement in Strong et al. v. Safe Auto Insurance Group, Inc. et al., No. 16-cv-765, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  The class action settlement represents a remarkable 82% recovery of the unpaid overtime and statutory damages claimed by more than 160 current and former Safe Auto sales agents from Kentucky and Ohio.  Innessa Melamed Huot was lead-counsel for Plaintiffs and the [...]

Greater Protections for Undocumented Workers

July 25, 2017

Workers receive two big wins in federal court to ensure that their immigration status will not preclude them from raising wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  First, a Federal District Court in Illinois joins New York and other districts across the country to hold that the immigration status of a worker may not be introduced as evidence in a FLSA lawsuit.  Kim v. Hakuya Sushi & Kim, Case No. 15-cv-03747.   The Ninth Circuit went further and found that a worker can [...]

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