Employers Can “Pick Off” Plaintiffs to Defeat a Federal Wage & Hour Collective Action By Robyn McKibbin, Esq. Plaintiff Laura Symczyk sued her employer on behalf of herself and “other employees similarly situated” alleging the company automatically deducted 30 minutes of time per shift for meal breaks even when the employees performed compensable work in …

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  • June 13, 2013
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The Cake that Ended a Career By Robyn McKibbin, Esq. A 56-year-old nurse and 28-year employee was terminated after she gave a co-worker a birthday cake.  Unbeknownst to the nurse, the co-worker did not celebrate birthdays due to her religious practices.  Despite above–average performance reviews, the nurse was terminated for insensitivity and “unprofessional, unacceptable behavior.” The nurse …

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  • May 13, 2013
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Pathologist Michael Weilert and his wife Genevieve owned a horse ranch in Parlier, California, a quaint town in the central San Joaquin Valley. In 1991 Genevieve changed her last name from Sanders to de Montremare. She told her friends she was a “genetic expert” on Friesian horses and claimed her French royal family had been …

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  • March 19, 2013
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