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Gowdy, Benghazi panel settled wrongful firing suit with $150,000 in public funds

Dec 1, 2017 / Media Coverage /
As chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) used $150,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle with a former aide who alleged he was fired in part because he was not willing to focus his investigative work on Hillary Clinton. The Post confirmed the confidential settlement reached between Gowdy and the Benghazi panel and Bradley Podliska after it appeared in a list of settlements released Friday by the congressional Office of Compliance. Gowdy is now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. In a list provided to the House Committee on Administration, the OOC...
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Job protections under fire for military reservists

Oct 12, 2017 / Media Coverage
Kevin Ziober’s last day at the office started with a sheet cake. A red and blue American flag was iced on the top with tiny, sugary stars, and the inscription read, "Best Wishes Kevin." He remembers co-workers stood up to give him a round of applause, and his office was decorated with camouflage netting. "I was humbled by the outpouring of support," Ziober said of the early 2013 surprise party. As a Navy Reserve Lieutenant, he was headed to Afghanistan for a year-long deployment. Ziober would have to be gone from his civilian job at BLB Resources, a federal contractor in Irvine that manages...
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FedEx employee terminated for using discount to sell on eBay loses USERRA termination challenge but can seek higher pension benefits

May 26, 2017 / Media Coverage /
Kenneth Savage was terminated by FedEx about a month after a military leave and after complaining about the calculation of his pension benefits due to his military service. That proximity was not enough to establish a discrimination or retaliation claim under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Savage’s case was remanded because FedEx may have miscalculated his pension benefits by failing to account for potential overtime hours he might have worked during periods of military service. Background Kenneth Savage was employed by FedEx for eleven years as an...
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Lawmakers Ask Justices to Take Up Veterans' Workplace Rights

May 24, 2017 / Media Coverage
Nineteen lawmakers are testing their luck at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to take up a case on whether military reservists’ unfair dismissal claims can be forced into arbitration by their civilian bosses. Because the case involves veterans’ rights, the legislators say they are hopeful the Supreme Court of John Roberts will temper its usual affinity for agreements waiving employees’ right to sue. "The tragic irony could not be more dramatic," said Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the senator spearheading a friend-of-the-court brief filed Wednesday by six senators and a 13...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Veterans File Nationwide Pension Class Action Against FedEx

Complaint Alleges Violations of Pension Rights of Thousands of Employees Who Served in the Armed Forces Two mechanics employed by Federal Express Corp. (FedEx) filed a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging that the international logistics and transportation company violated the pension rights of thousands of its employees who took military leave to serve in the National Guard and Reserves, according to Outten & Golden LLP and the Law Office of Joe Napiltonia. The lawsuit comes just days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that the formula FedEx applied to make...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Veterans File Nationwide Pension Class Action Against FedEx

May 15, 2017 / Media Coverage /
Complaint Alleges Violations of Pension Rights of Thousands of Employees Who Served in the Armed Forces Two mechanics employed by Federal Express Corp. (FedEx) filed a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging that the international logistics and transportation company violated the pension rights of thousands of its employees who took military leave to serve in the National Guard and Reserves, according to Outten & Golden LLP and the Law Office of Joe Napiltonia. The lawsuit comes just days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that the formula FedEx applied to make...
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Military Members Slap FedEx With Pension Class Action

May 12, 2017 / Media Coverage /
Two U.S. military veterans filed a class action in Tennessee federal court Friday alleging that FedEx underestimates the pension obligations it owes workers for their periods of military service, days after a Sixth Circuit panel found that the company's formula violated federal law in an individual suit. The shipping giant violates the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by basing its 401(k) match during service on the amount a worker would have made without considering overtime, under-contributing to the accounts of workers who regularly work more than 40 hours a week,...
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FedEx Must Face Pension Estimate Case, 6th Circ. Says

May 10, 2017 / Media Coverage /
The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday revived a FedEx aviation mechanic’s claim that his pension contributions were miscalculated for periods he was on military leave, but the court left intact the dismissal of his claim that the company fired him for complaining about the error. In a published ruling, a three-judge panel partially vacated a ruling by U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson of the Western District of Tennessee that awarded summary judgment to FedEx over claims that it violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act when it miscalculated pension contributions...
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Washington State Patrol agrees to pay veteran employees $13 million in back wages

May 8, 2017 / Media Coverage /
The Washington State Patrol has agreed to pay up to $13 million in back wages to military veterans in their employ who didn’t receive credit for their service in hiring and promotional decisions. An agreement between the agency and eight current and former employees who sued the patrol alleging violations of state and federal law still must be approved by a Spokane County judge. Attorneys and legal experts say it’s the largest cash payout in a case brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act , a 1994 federal law requiring employers to give military members job...
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Washington State Troopers Who Served in Military Win $15 Million Historic Settlement Over Denial of Veterans’ Preference

May 8, 2017 / Press Release /
Largest settlement in history of federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) A historic class action settlement was reached between the State of Washington and plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit that will benefit at least 878 Washington State Patrol Troopers and applicants who served in the military but were denied a veterans’ preference, lawyers for the troopers from four law firms said today. This settlement, consisting of $13 million in cash and an estimated $2 million worth of retirement benefits, is the largest settlement in the history of the federal...
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