Two employees, a man and a woman, have filed complaints against Redwood City-based high-tech equipment dealer Capital Asset Exchange and Trading, LLC. The two worked as capital equipment traders for CAET and claim that the company's management allowed a hypersexual, lurid workplace culture to develop which included routinely calling women "whores" and "bitches" and numerous incidents of company-sponsored strippers and even prostitutes.
An interesting lawsuit by a former associate attorney against a Boston law firm was just settled immediately before the dispute went to trial. The former associate, who was fired in Dec. 2008, sued the law firm claiming that his firing was in retaliation for taking family leave the firm leadership didn't think was "macho" enough.
After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and hour division, a federal judge has ordered Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy to pay a group of 14 workers a total of $63,844 in back wages and liquidated damages. The judge found that Bloom had willfully paid the workers less than the minimum wage, denied them overtime pay, and violated the recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A law firm that represents employers in employment law cases just released its annual litigation forecast, shortly after the National Labor Relations Board announced its priorities for 2013. According to the report, the NLRB plans to pay special attention to First Amendment issues involving social media in the upcoming year, but the law firm also cited wage and hour disputes, whistleblower cases, and systemic discrimination investigations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as major areas of probable litigation in the year ahead.