On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 a unanimous federal jury in Connecticut returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client ASML US, Inc. During the five-day trial, Plaintiff Fritz St. Ange alleged that ASML retaliated against him when it ended his employment after allowing him to spen
On Thursday, November 14, 2013 a unanimous federal jury returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Forever Living Products International, in a trial testing the notice requirements of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). Plaintiff Mary Clare Peak was discharged i
On September 26, 2013 a jury returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, PLC, in a hotly contested breach of contract and unpaid wage lawsuit brought by founding member Ronald Barnet, M.D. Dr. Barnet retired from the practice in 2011 but sued
In a decision favoring employers, the Supreme Court split 5-4 on the issue of which causation standard should apply to Title VII retaliation claims. In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority, which held that claimants in reta
On May 23, 2013, a jury of 8 ruled in favor of United Parcel Service in a case defended by attorneys C. Christine Burns and David T. Barton. The plaintiff, a current UPS employee, alleged that UPS retaliated against him because he filed a charge of discrimination under the Americans w
On March 27, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision in Comcast Corporation v. Behrend, a decision that gives employers another weapon to defeat class certification. The Comcast class action was brought by cable television subscribers who alleged that Comcast engaged in unl
On Tuesday, the Phoenix City Council voted 5-3 to pass an amended ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on "sexual orientation," "gender identity or expression," and "disability." For private employers, this change in the law means they risk criminal penalties if they are found t
In January 2013, the Department of Labor clarified its definition of "son or daughter." Now eligible employees may take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for an adult child who is incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability, regardless of how
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