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Employment

Second Circuit lifts order that kept Amazon from firing unionizing workers

The appellate panel found that the lower court judge that issued Amazon the cease and desist didn't properly justify the decision.

Ambiguously protected speech

DENVER — The 10th Circuit reversed an Oklahoma federal court’s denial of summary judgment in a county truck driver’s retaliation lawsuit, in which he says the commissioner fired him for criticizing a road plan and the assignment of a sex offender to work near a school. The 10th Circuit holds that, because there are disagreements about what was said and why, these “ambiguities in the context and purpose of the suspected statement” entitle the commissioner to qualified immunity from the suit.

Raytheon accused of age discrimination over job openings limited to recent college grads

A job seeker says the defense system giant won't even consider older applicants for positions it offers to recent college graduates.

Ninth Circuit tosses Uber’s challenge to California gig worker law

An 11-judge panel ruled 2020's Assembly Bill 5 was constitutional and did not unfairly target ride-sharing and delivery apps like Uber.

Attorneys admonished

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — In a strong rebuke to Troy Law, an NYC-based firm that specializes in employment litigation, a federal court reduced the attorneys’ requested fees by 65%. To deter further requests for “excessive billable rates” and “excessive hours,” the court ordered three of the firm’s attorneys to read all the cases cited in the court’s decision, submit sworn declarations that they have done so, and submit a copy of this order to all federal judges assigned to cases in both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York where the firm has pending fee applications.

Amazon employee surveillance

CHICAGO – A federal judge dismissed a class action against Amazon alleging it collected employees’ facial geometries and measured their temperatures with thermal cameras in violation of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act. Amazon is immune from suit under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, because its use of thermal cameras to monitor employees’ health without their consent was an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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