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Jim Clark

Nancy DeParle – “Health Care Czar” – Has Strong Ties to Industry

In American politics, one phenomenon has plagued credibility of our federal government: the “revolving door”. It occurs when a person cycles between the private industry and a…

Courtney Mills

Scrap Metal Fire Burns in Port of Tampa

A huge scrap metal fire at a metal recycling plant broke out early this morning, sending reams of smoke billowing over an entire portion of southern Hillsborough County. Firefighters attempted to out the scrap metal fire at Trademark Metal Recycling with water, to no avail. Large clouds of smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.According to media reports, the Hillsborough…

Bob Carroll

Overtime Wages Not Paid By Corporation

The nonpayment of overtime wages of sales reps – Act Two following the nonpayment of overtime wages of installation workers. Does anyone see a pattern at IBM? Could the maintenance workers file the next overtime lawsuit?IBM Hit With Overtime SuitIBM Corp. has been hit with another proposed class action lawsuit that accuses the computer giant of intentionally misclassifying its sales…

Bob Carroll

Discrimination Continues In The Workplace

Employment discrimination charges increased in 2006. Is it because more victims are saying “I’m not going to take it anymore”? Or, more employers are ignoring the law? Or, the EEOC is becoming more aggressive? No matter the cause, it is obvious discrimination in the workplace continues in America. And, Florida is not an island of equality in a sea of discrimination.EEOC Discrimination…

Bob Carroll

Wage And Hour Cases Are Not Mysterious

Solved mystery of the week.Wage-And-Hour Class Actions Continue To GrowMany employment defense attorneys agree that wage-and-hour cases have taken up more and more of their time in recent years. Now, thanks to a report published by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Monday, there is hard evidence to back up this speculation.I do not have to speculate about an increase in wage-and-hour cases. It is real, and…

Bob Carroll

A Lewd Workplace Costs Magazine $15.5 Million

You may work for a hip-hop music magazine, but you can still complain about a lewd work environment.Jury Slaps Rap Mag With $15.5M VerdictMusic magazine The Source and two former co-owners have been hit with a $15.5 million verdict after a federal jury in Manhattan found that former Source editor and plaintiff Kimberly Osorio was fired in retaliation for complaining about the lewd work…

Bob Carroll

Greyhound Bitten By Sharks In Florida…Seeking Overtime Pay

The laws concerning wages and hours of employment can sometimes create interesting lawsuit captions. This particular lawsuit is actually Sharks vs. Greyhound. Honest.Greyhound Employee Demands Overtime, Lunch PayA former ticket agent has filed a wage lawsuit against Greyhound Lines Inc., accusing the passenger transportation company of failing to pay overtime and docking her pay for lunches she…

Bob Carroll

Even Newspapers Fail To Pay Overtime

Newspapers get the word out. They keep us informed. They alert us to important events. They serve as a watchdog when our legal rights are violated.How could a newspaper fail to pay its reporters overtime required by law? Surely, the publisher and managing supervisors of a paper would have read many reports of other employers who did not comply with the law. Yet, here is the proof that a…

Bob Carroll

The "Paper Trail" Of A Discrimination Coverup

You can cover your tracks in the woods but not when you plan to fire a high level corporate executive. Judge: Paper Trail Suspicious In Motorola Sex Bias SuitPortfolio Media, New York (October 12, 2006)–A sex discrimination suit against Motorola Inc. took a peculiar twist on Tuesday, when a federal judge wrote in his ruling that top executives at the cell phone company may have constructed a…

Bob Carroll

College Whines Over Sexual-Harassment Verdict

The Chronicle Of Higher Education reports on the efforts of a community college to shame a jury for daring to award compensatory and punitive damages against it for its failure to protect an employee from the sexual advances of a campus police officer. The story does not detail the misconduct of the community college which supported the jury’s verdict. I assume the college has courses on…