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Company pays $55,000 to settle sexual harassment lawsuit
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • August 2 2010

Recently, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") announced that Trinity Products, Inc ("Trinity"), a manufacturer of billboards and signposts, agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the EEOC


HR manager of Japanese subsidiary files $100,000,000 class
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • February 22 2011

On January 31, 2011, Elaine Cyphers (“Plaintiff of Cyphers”) filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in New York seeking to “redress and bring to an end to systematic, companywide, gender discrimination” by Toshiba America, Inc. and Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (“TANE”) (jointly “Defendants”) against their female employees


FMLA: caring for an adult child
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • July 8 2014

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reminded us that the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") provides eligible


There is no such thing as FMLA light duty
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 6 2013

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the employer in a case where an employee filed suit contending


Company and its officers sued for unpaid wages
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • November 12 2012

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor sued a New Hampshire painting and construction company and its president, vice-president and treasurer in their individual capacities to recover unpaid wages and liquidated damages for 57 employees


Construction company found liable for delinquent contributions
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • April 16 2012

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found a construction company liable for delinquent contributions, liquidated damages, interest and reasonable attorney's fees


75 workers misclassified as independent contractors cost company over $500,000
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • May 7 2012

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge in Chicago issued a default judgment against Skokie Maid and Cleaning Service for failing to answer a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Labor


Severance payments may not be subject to FICA
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • April 13 2010

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan affirmed a Bankruptcy Court’s decision and held that severance payments made to employees due to the employees’ involuntary separation from employment that resulted directly from a reduction in force or the discontinuation of a plant or operation are not wages and are therefore not subject to FICA taxation


Job applicants are protected from discrimination in hiring
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 15 2010

Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) affirmed that job applicants and not just employees are entitled to protection from discrimination


Have you managed and eliminated the risk of an overtime lawsuit?
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • June 24 2011

Are a company’s independent contractors really employees?