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Fifth Circuit Vacates $365 Million Punitive Damages Award for Title VII Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

In Harris v. FedEx Corp. Servs., Inc., No. 23-2003, a Fifth Circuit panel vacated a $365 million punitive damages award in race discrimination and retaliation case, finding that the plaintiff Jennifer Harris (“Harris”) failed to show that Fedex Corporate Services, Inc. (“Fedex”) acted with malice or reckless indifference when it terminated her for poor performance. … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Validates Forfeiture-For-Competition Provision in Unanimous Reversal of Chancery Court

In a win for businesses that rely on restrictive covenants to protect their assets and investments, on January 29, 2024, the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously reversed a Chancery Court decision that invalidated a “forfeiture-for-competition” provision in Cantor Fitzgerald’s limited partnership agreement. As we previously reported on this blog, last January the Chancery Court invalidated the … Continue Reading

Judge Grants Workday, Inc.’s Motion to Dismiss in Groundbreaking AI Class Action Lawsuit Mobley v. Workday

In a recent development in Mobley vs. Workday, Inc., the novel class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleging that Workday’s algorithm-based applicant screening tools discriminate against job applicants based on race, age, and disability, the Court granted Workday’s motion to dismiss on January 19, 2024, … Continue Reading

D.C. Mayor Approves Law Expanding Reach of D.C. Minimum Wage Law

On January 10, 2024, D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, signed the “Minimum Wage Clarification Amendment Act of 2023” into law. If the Act is not overturned by Congress, it will expand the circumstances where employers must pay employees D.C.’s minimum wage (currently $17.00 an hour for non-tipped employees). Under existing law, employers are required to pay … Continue Reading

Governor Hochul Vetoes New York Non-Compete Ban

After months of speculation and intense lobbying, New York Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have imposed a near-total ban on employee non-competition agreements in New York State. Governor Hochul has long expressed her support for legislation banning non-compete agreements for “low and middle-income” employees, but generally balked at the idea of a … Continue Reading

New York Finalizes Increases in Minimum Wage, Minimum Salaries for Exemption in 2024

On December 27, 2023, the New York State Department of Labor published a Notice of Adoption in the New York State Register, finalizing increases in the minimum wage and minimum salaries for exemption effective January 1, 2024. The minimum wage for employees in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties increases to $16 per … Continue Reading

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