The Most Bizarre Employment News Stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 Legal Team
On the last day of the year, we thought it would be fun to look back throughout 2014 and reflect on the most interesting, bizarre employment new stories we've heard. While we have seen significant changes to the landscape in terms of the employment law, it has not halted a steady stream of odd...
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Can Employees Be Restricted to ‘Half” Truths?

December 30, 2014 Legal Team
Robert Half is a leading staffing company that provides professional placement services in a number of different fields, including finance and accounting, management, administrative support, technology, legal, and marking and advertising, among others.While Robert Half's main business is helping other people get jobs, a bizarre clause in its contracts with its own employees tried...
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Michaels and the Art of Background Checks

December 18, 2014 Legal Team
Arts and crafts retailer, Michaels, is crafting more than just cardboard ornaments this time of year. On December 4th, the company was sued by a class of job applicants who alleged the art supplier unlawfully ran background checks upon application.Michaels allegedly failed to inform job applicants that the company ran background checks on prospective...
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The Founder of American Apparel Terminated for Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

December 17, 2014 Legal Team
Dov Charney, a Canadian businessman who founded American Apparel at 20 years old, has been terminated from the company “for the cause.” The board of directors for American Apparel, based in Los Angeles, voted to officially remove Charney from his position. American Apparel has been criticized in the past for over-sexualized advertising campaigns and...
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After a Hack like Sony’s, a Lawsuit Is No Surprise

December 16, 2014 Legal Team
Yesterday, two former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees sued the company for failing to protect employee data. The suit was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging the entertainment studio failed to secure both computer networks in place from the hackers.The joint plaintiffs, who are suing on behalf of a similarly situated class, are...
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