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  • August 23, 2021

    Wendy’s Franchisee Settles Nevada Upper-Tier Minimum Wage Class Claims

    LAS VEGAS — A federal judge in Nevada on Aug. 19, according to a docket entry, granted final approval of a more than $858,000 settlement to be paid by a Wendy’s franchisee in Nevada to settle class claims that it failed to pay workers who declined health benefits upper-tier minimum wages pursuant to state law.

  • August 12, 2021

    McDonald’s, Franchisees, NLRB Argue Against Reopening Joint Employment Dispute

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  — McDonald’s USA LLC and franchisees filed intervenor briefs in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 10 supporting arguments by the National Labor Relations Board opposing efforts by unions to reopen arguments in an already settled joint employment dispute.

  • August 10, 2021

    NLRB Argues Against Reopening Joint Employment Dispute After Settlement

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Settlement agreements between a fast food franchisor and franchisees accused of retaliating against workers involved in an organizing campaign for higher pay and now being challenged by two unions were reached via compromise and approved after changes to the joint-employer standard, the National Labor Relations Board argues in a brief filed Aug. 3 in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opposing the unions’ arguments that they should be permitted to present new evidence and challenging the standard of review used by the NLRB.

  • August 09, 2021

    3rd Circuit: Parties Must Address Appealability Of Pandemic Layoff Suit

    PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 2 ordered the parties in a lawsuit accusing an auto dealership of laying off a sales manager who requested to work from home after the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in March 2020 to file responses addressing the appealability of a trial court’s order staying the case and compelling arbitration.

  • August 05, 2021

    Federal Jury:  Harley-Davidson Dealer Owes $500,000 For Sex Discrimination

    TAMPA, Fla. — A federal jury in Florida on Aug. 3 returned a $500,000 punitive damages verdict in a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a former Harley-Davidson dealer employee who alleged that she was denied a promotion due to her gender.

  • August 03, 2021

    California High Court: Pay Rate For Missed Breaks Includes Nondiscretionary Pay

    SAN FRANCISCO — The one hour of pay at the “regular rate of compensation” that must be provided under California law to employees when a meal or rest break is not provided “encompasses all nondiscretionary payments,” the California Supreme Court ruled July 15.

  • July 29, 2021

    DOL Announces Final Rule Rescinding Trump-Era Joint Employer Status Rule

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on July 29 announced a final rule that will become effective on Sept. 28 rescinding a joint employer status rule that took effect under President Donald J. Trump’s administration in March 2020. 

  • July 29, 2021

    Guest Settles Claims Against Hotel Franchise; Racial Bias Claims Dismissed

    RICHMOND, Va. — A Black hotel guest who alleged that a security guard discriminated and committed a hate crime against him under federal and state statutes when he repeatedly asked the guest in the hotel lobby if he “belonged there” and requested identification stipulated to dismiss the matter against Hilton hotel franchise owners and operators and a security service provider with prejudice on July 21 in a federal district court in Virginia.

  • July 26, 2021

    Judge Grants Marriott Extension To Produce Discovery In Unfair Competition Suit

    SAN DIEGO — A federal magistrate judge in California on July 20 granted a third joint motion for an extension of time to produce documents in a putative class action accusing Marriott of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other state statutes.

  • July 26, 2021

    9th Circuit: Franchisee Failed To Prove Enrichment, Not Entitled To Restitution

    SAN FRANCISCO — A franchisor of direct marketing services was properly granted summary judgment on a franchisee’s counterclaims because the franchisee was bound by his election of restitution as his remedy and because he failed to prove that the franchisor was enriched by its allegedly illegal conduct, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed July 21 in an unpublished opinion.

  • July 26, 2021

    Domino’s Ordered To Make Its Website Accessible For Blind Patrons

    LOS ANGELES — Domino’s Pizza LLC is required to bring its website into compliance with federal accessibility guidelines, a California federal judge ruled in a June 23 in chambers order, granting partial summary judgment to a blind man who sued the pizza chain for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.)

  • July 23, 2021

    Pizza Delivery Drivers’ Wage Settlement Approved After Attorney Fees Reduced

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A federal judge in Kentucky on July 13 granted final approval of a more than $750,000 collective and class settlement between a Papa John’s franchisee and delivery drivers who brought wage claims but reduced the attorney fees requested as the attorneys would receive more than the actual claim payments to the class.

  • July 23, 2021

    DOL Recovers Back Wages For More Than 100 Employees Of Denny’s Franchisee

    HOUSTON — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on July 20 announced the recovery of $73,735 in wages for 160 employees after a Denny’s franchisee illegally deducted the costs of uniforms from employees resulting in wages less than the minimum requirements.

  • July 22, 2021

    Sex Harassment Class Claims Against McDonald’s Survive Motions To Dismiss, Strike

    CHICAGO — A federal judge in Illinois on July 20 denied motions to dismiss and strike claims of sexual harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation in a class lawsuit alleging years of “pervasive” unwanted treatment of females in locations around the country.

  • July 21, 2021

    11th Circuit: Orbitz’s Arbitration Terms Don’t Extend To Car Rental Franchisor

    ATLANTA — A travel fare aggregator website’s arbitration agreement with customers doesn’t extend to a car rental franchise from whom customers rent cars as the terms of the agreement refer only to Orbitz.com’s products and services, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled July 14.

  • July 21, 2021

    6th Circuit Upholds Jury Award In Minor’s Harassment Suit Against Steak ‘N Shake

    CINCINNATI — A minor who alleged that she was sexually harassed at her place of employment successfully proved a hostile work environment and harassment but failed to establish that reporting the harassment was the but-for cause of removing her from the work schedule, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in a July 8 amended opinion, affirming a jury’s award of punitive damages and the trial court’s calculation of attorney fees for the former employee and the summary judgment ruling for the employer on the retaliation claim.

  • July 16, 2021

    DOL Recovers Back Wages From Hotel Franchisee For Housekeepers

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recovered $67,556 in back wages for 18 employees of a North Carolina hotel franchisee after determining that the employer’s piece-rate rate practice for housekeepers caused the hourly rate for some to fall below the federal minimum wage, the DOL announced July 14.

  • July 06, 2021

    Domino’s Franchisee Supports Magistrate’s ‘Reasonably Approximated’ Expenses Report

    CINCINNATI — A pizza restaurant franchisee filed a response on June 30 in a federal court in Ohio to objections by a delivery driver in which it supported a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation that vehicle-related expenses incurred by delivery drivers working for Domino’s Pizza franchises may be “reasonably approximated” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

  • June 30, 2021

    Amended Class Suit Accuses Subway Of Misrepresenting Composition Of Tuna

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A sandwich franchisor has violated California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other state laws by labeling its tuna salad, sandwiches and wraps as “100% tuna” while failing to prevent adulteration in its supply chain or honor its representation that it has “a global ban on the sale of tuna species that come from anything less than healthy stocks,” two California consumers allege in an amended class complaint filed June 7 in a California federal court.

  • June 29, 2021

    Judge Remands Spa’s Suit Against Professional Liability Insurer To Jersey Court

    CAMDEN, N.J. — A federal judge in New Jersey on June 24 granted a beauty spa insured’s motion to remand its lawsuit seeking a declaration that its professional liability insurer has a duty to defend and indemnify it against underlying claims that one of its employees perpetuated a sexual act against one of its former customers, finding that complete diversity does not exist.

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