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Ninth Circuit Rules FedEx Drivers are Employees

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that courier service FedEx misclassified approximately 2,300 California delivery drivers as contractors, instead of treating them as employees. FedEx required drivers as “independent contractors” to pay for their own trucks, along with fuel, insurance, maintenance, and other expenses, and did not pay workers compensation, vacation, sick leave, or retirement to workers.
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Nancy Gray

EEOC Releases New Pregnancy Employment Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new pregnancy employment guidelines, known as Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues. The document provides a summary of all major federal employment laws of the last few decades, including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the context of pregnant workers.
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California Supreme Court Rules Domino’s Not Liable for Sexual Harassment

The California Supreme Court ruled that Domino’s Pizza is not vicariously liable for the acts of one of its restaurant franchisees. The Court ruled that the act of franchising, or entering into a franchise relationship, did not constitute an agency-type relationship for the purpose of holding the parent company liable for the acts of an employee in a franchised store.
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Georgia Farming Company Pays to Settle EEOC Racial Discrimination Claims

The agricultural guest worker program known as H-2A, which allows farmers to hire foreign agricultural migrant workers under specific visas, is not without controversy. Now one farming company in Georgia is paying $500,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against American workers in favor of Mexican migrant workers.
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