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Employment Law

Whistleblower Retaliation and the Wells Fargo Scandal

The Wells Fargo fraud case is now a widespread national scandal, as several employees allege they were fired for reporting company misconduct and systemic and deceitful sales tactics. High-pressure environments drove many employees to create fraudulent accounts to meet sales targets, leading to nearly 5,300 employees being fired for ethics violations. If evidence supports these allegations, then the case for retaliation is clear amidst one of the largest bank fraud schemes in history.

New EEOC Retaliation Guidelines Issued as Claims Increase

Reporting misconduct, filing a claim related to harassment or discrimination, or making a complaint against your employer can often result in an act of retaliation. This could mean demotion or job loss, but there are also more subtle acts of retaliation that can negatively impact your experience in the workplace. The EEOC recently issued new guidelines that help to outline and clarify how the agency enforces retaliation statutes.

Start-Up Helps Employers Stalk Your Social Media

Facebook and other social media accounts are routinely screened by human resources departments making hiring decisions or to check up on employees. Despite privacy concerns, recruiters and employers see Facebook as fair game when screening job candidates. For many employers the process of accessing social media accounts can be a slippery slope, but a new start-up called The Social Index has built a tool that helps employers streamline the search and screen process to stalk your accounts.

Class Actions

Holsum Bakery, Inc.

Coyle v. Holsum Bakery, Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. et al. is a collective action and putative class action lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of individuals who operate(d) as fresh bakery product distributors for defendants Flowers Foods, Inc. and Holsum Bakery, Inc. who work for Holsum in Arizona. Defendants employ “distributors” in 31 states throughout the southern and eastern United States to deliver bakery and snack food to their customers, which include grocery stores, mass retailers, and fast food chains.

Flowers Foods' Distributors in Arizona Win Conditional Class Certification

Distributors of bakery products for Flowers Foods, Inc., and its local Arizona subsidiary, Holsum Bakery Inc., scored an important victory this week when an Arizona federal court granted conditional class certification to Arizona distributors who claim the company wrongly classified them as independent contractors and denied them the benefits and privileges of employees. The lawsuit is one of over 15 related cases across the country against Flowers Foods and is the latest in a string of victories for distributors.

Firm News

BTJW is Proud to Support Cancer Legal Line Gala

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is proud to be a sponsor of the 9th Annual Cancer Legal Line Fundraising Gala. This year’s Gala will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Retaliation Lawsuit Against ConAgra To Proceed

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta attorneys obtained an important victory for client Chad Dufrene in his discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against his former employer ConAgra Foods, Inc. In denying ConAgra’s Motion to Dismiss, Judge Wilhelmina Wright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota concluded that Dufrene, who had previously filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, had standing to pursue his claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate, thereby allowing his lawsuit against ConAgra to proceed.

Thome Speaks at ACI Conference on Employment Discrimination Litigation

Joni Thome will speak at the American Conference Institute’s 8th Annual Forum on Employment Discrimination Litigation in Chicago, Illinois. She joins other experienced litigators from across the country in a panel discussion on new and innovative techniques used by plaintiffs’ attorneys in employment discrimination cases.