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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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State Trooper Vets Get $15M Deal For Denied Preference

May 8, 2017 / Media Coverage /
The state of Washington will pay at least $13 million in cash and contribute at least $2 million in benefits to settle a class action alleging it violated federal law by denying hiring and promotion preference to military veterans, four firms representing the vets said Monday. The state will pay cash to current and former Washington State Patrol troopers covering back pay and benefits for periods in which the veterans were denied promotions or employment, under a settlement agreement reached Friday. It will also backdate the seniority dates for the veterans, boosting their collective...
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Outten & Golden client Lt. Ziober, Gretchen Carlson, and Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Protect Workers from Forced Arbitration at Work

Mar 17, 2017 / Media Coverage
Today, Outten & Golden's client Lieutenant Kevin Ziober joined former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Senators Al Franken, Richard Blumenthal, Richard Durbin, Patrick Leahy, Sheldon Whitehouse and other Members of Congress in speaking out against unfair, forced arbitration agreements and in support of the Arbitration Fairness Act and the Servicemembers Access to Justice Act. Lieutenant Ziober, a Navy reservist, was fired the day before his deployment to Afghanistan, and was told by his employer, BLB Resources, that he would have no job to return to after serving his country. After...
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American Airlines Pilot Pension Settlement On Final Approach

Jan 27, 2017 / Media Coverage /
A federal judge in Boston said Friday that she was likely to give final approval to a roughly $6 million settlement between American Airlines pilots and their pension plan over military leave benefits. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani said she wasn’t likely to deviate much from the proposed settlement, which includes 1,270 class members and would be paid out with $500,000 in cash and nearly 137,000 shares of American Airlines Group Inc. stock. Attorneys’ fees were pegged at 25 percent of the total. The pilots, mainly reservists, had said that American Airlines’ pension plan didn’t...
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