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Walmart Must Pay $16.2 Million in Gender Discrimination Trial

September 19, 2016

A New Hampshire District Court denied Walmart’s bid for a new trial and instead awarded Plaintiff, Maureen McPadden, $16.2 million for her state and federal gender discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation claims. McPadden v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., No. 14-cv-475, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126789, at *3 (D.N.H. Sept. 16, 2016). This came after a jury awarded Ms. McPadden over $31 million, including $15 million in punitive damages, which was later cut to the statutory maximum of [...]

Qualcomm Makes Moves To Chip Away At Its Glass Ceiling

September 14, 2016

Qualcomm entered into a “literally unparalleled” pre-suit settlement to stave off a proposed gender discrimination class action. Qualcomm agreed to pay $19.5 million to approximately 3,290 female employees and make systemic corporate changes to its policies and practices to promote equal pay and job opportunities for its female employees. This action began in October 2015 when former Qualcomm employee Dandan Pan filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [...]

Au Pairs Gaining FLSA Protection Terrifies Cultural Care, Inc.

September 13, 2016

After suffering a bruising defeat in Colorado federal court, Cultural Care initiates a counteroffensive by filing a suit in Massachusetts District Court to preclude the recently enacted Domestic Workers Bill of Rights from applying to them. See Complaint at 42-44, Cultural Care, Inc. v. Office of the Attorney Gen., No. 16-cv-11777 (D. Mass. Aug. 31, 2016). The Bill of Rights does not directly name au pairs, but protects employees "paid by an employer to perform work of a domestic nature [...]

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