Two significant wage and hour settlements were also
announced last week. Zillow Inc. reached a $6
million settlement with the Department of Labor to resolve issues arising
from class action overtime claims by sales representatives. Lifetime Fitness
agreed to pay nearly $1
million in back wages and damages to almost 16,000 employees nationwide
after a Department of Labor investigation found the company violated minimum
wage requirements at its locations in 26 states.
Walmart agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a discrimination suit that accused the company of denying health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses.
Former Penn State University coach Mike McQueary was awarded an additional $5 million in his whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. McQueary claimed that his employment ended because he testified against officials implicated in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case.
The Los Angeles City Council approved a “ban the box” ordinance, prohibiting LA employers from asking about a job candidate’s criminal history until after a conditional job offer is made.