Ex-employee Accusing Snap Inc of Firing Him After Speaking Out

SnapchatSnap ex-employee is in a legal fight over the reason he was let go by the Snapchat-maker.

As mentioned in the LA Times, Anthony Pompliano’s attorney asked a judge Tuesday to unseal court filings that purportedly show how Snap misrepresented usage of its app to investors and the public. The specific details remain redacted until a ruling on whether they constitute trade secrets protected from disclosure.

Pompliano, a member of Snap’s user growth team for three weeks in 2015, has accused Snap of luring him with allegedly dodgy data and firing him for speaking out about them internally. He’s seeking a court order to bar Snap from distorting the reasons for his firing when the company is called on by any of his prospective employers.

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New French Law Gives Employees “The Right to Disconnect”

France’s new “right to disconnect” law mandates that a company with 50 employees or more cannot email an employee after typical work hours. According to True Activists, the country gives its employees 30 days off a year and 16 weeks of full-paid family leave; this latest initiative is only making France more popular.  According to BBC News, the new “right to disconnect” law will mandate that a company with 50 employees or more cannot email an employee after typical work hours. The amendment is largely a result of studies showing that people have an increasingly difficult time distancing themselves from the workplace.

Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly states: “All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant. Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash— like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”

What do you think of the controversial French labor law?

Former Ada Co. Employee Awarded $1.7 Million for Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Wrongfully TerminatedRich Wright lost his job as Director of the Department of Administration in January 2013. Ada County has said the position was eliminated as part of normal department restructuring, as mentioned in KTVB.

Wright maintained he was wrongfully terminated for launching investigations into another county employee accused of misconduct, a woman who was close friends with two of the county commissioners. He says Commissioners Jim Tibbs and Dave Case ousted him in retaliation just one day after after being sworn in.

The four-year battle to prove he was illegally fired by Ada County paid off this week, when a jury awarded him $1.7 million for wrongful termination.

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A New Study Finds Americans Are Working Harder Than Ever

A recent study conducted by Workplace Trends, suggests that burnout is responsible for up to half of all employee attrition. As Quartz points out, Employees are working more hours for no additional pay and as a result, they are searching for new jobs. Nearly all employers surveyed agree that improving retention is a critical priority yet many aren’t investing in solving the problem, even though it costs thousands of dollars to replace each employee lost.

Employees seem to be working on weekends, on vacations, and can’t even find time to take breaks at the office. Does this sound like your working schedule?

If you have been asked to work off-the-clock, or if you have been mistakenly classified as an exempt employee, you may be entitled to compensation for your unpaid overtime and benefits. Get in touch with us today to discuss your situation.

UMN to Pay Ex-employee $65K in Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

DiscriminationThe University of Minnesota will pay Former employee Alysia Lajune $65,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging she was fired for her comments about racial profiling of African-Americans on campus.

During her employment at the University, Lajune served as the president of the University’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and raised concerns over racial profiling in the University’s crime alerts in 2013.

According to the lawsuit, the University of Minnesota Police Department sent out a wave of crime alerts in the fall of 2013 describing suspects generally, using “black male” without other ways to identify a suspect.

As mentioned in Minnesota Daily, Lajune went on to criticized a University official at a public forum in Jan. 2014. She received a warning letter and her contract was not renewed in Sept. 2014, according to the lawsuit.

If you too have been terminated or fired, review our checklist to help you identify reasons for which your discharge might have been unlawful.

Wells Fargo Executive Fired Whistleblower

FiredFormer Chief Executive Robert Trojan found the organization’s accounting firm had an undisclosed conflict of interest, according to a lawsuit he filed against his former employer and Wells Fargo last month in New York’s Southern District. A day after raising his concerns, he was fired.

As the Huffington Post explains, the lawsuit says that while he was running the Commercial Finance Association, which represents lenders who make loans on companies’ assets and invoices, Trojan found that the group’s auditor, Freed Maxick, wasn’t fully independent. The suit details how Trojan raised the issue of Freed Maxick’s undisclosed business with CFA members to three of the organization’s former finance staffers.  If an auditor was also working for one of the group’s members, it would effectively be working to audit itself. One of the people Trojan said he raised the issue with was CFA’s current president Andrea Petro. Petro’s full-time job is an executive vice president at Wells Fargo, where she runs the bank’s asset financing group.

Torjan’s dismissal was a violation of the Commercial Finance Association’s own whistleblower policy that prohibits retaliation. If you too have been wrongfully discharged from your job in retaliation for exercising a legal workplace right, contact us for aggressive legal representation.

Employee Experience Index Ranks and Scores 252 Organizations Around the World

The Employee Experience Index from IBM ranked and scored 252 organizations around the world based on three environments: culture, technology, and the physical work space. According to the experts, these variables and environments are what employees care about most at work.

Some of the organizations with high scores include Facebook in number one position, Google, Apple, and LinkedIn. Where does your organization score?

Fox News Sued for Racial Discrimination

Justice Two black women who worked in the Fox News payroll department claim Fox New’s longtime comptroller, Judith Slater, subjected them to “top-down racial harassment.”

According to NY Mag, plaintiffs Tichaona Brown, a payroll manager, and Tabrese Wright, a payroll coordinator, allege Slater made racially charged remarks, such as suggesting that black people wanted to cause white people physical harm and that black men were “wife beaters.” According to Times, the lawsuit also claims Slater asked Wright if all of her children were “fathered by the same man,” and that Slater made disparaging remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement and about Wright’s hair and credit score. Slater also allegedly accused black employees of mispronouncing words like “month,” “father,” “mother,” and “ask” — and requested Brown actually say those words in a meeting.

“We are confident that the good men and women of the Bronx will hold Fox accountable for what we believe to be its abhorrent racist conduct, reminiscent of the Jim Crow era,” the plantiffs’ attorneys, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen of the Wigdor law firm, told the Times in a statement.

If you too have suffered racial discrimination in the workplace, contact us today for a free consultation and learn about the options available to you.

Energy Department Whistleblower is Receiving Justice

Whistle BlowerSandra Black was fired for telling the truth to government investigators. After more than two years, Black has been vindicated and is receiving justice. She won her job back along with lost pay and damages.

As mentioned in the Washington Post, Black is the employee-concerns program manager we wrote about in August when she was introduced at a news conference called by three senators. They complained about the Energy Department’s weak oversight of contractor companies that retaliate against whistleblowers.

“The DOE has the ability to make things right — first by reinstating its rules to punish contractors that retaliate against whistleblowers like Sandra Black, and second, by penalizing this specific contractor for retaliating against her,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said Thursday by email. “The DOE’s failure to take any action would send a dangerous signal to contractors at the Energy Department and across the government that it’s still open season on whistleblowers.”

Age Discrimination at Work

Age DiscriminationAgeism begins during the job search. While the current unemployment rate for people 45 and over is comparatively low — about 3.5 percent versus 4.9 percent nationally — older workers are at a disadvantage when looking for new gigs. They take longer to find work and make up about 45 percent of the long-term unemployed, according to Next Avenue.

About two in three workers between age 45 and 74 have experienced it at work, according to AARP. Most people believe ageism starts in their 50s, though research suggests it actually begins around age 35. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 was supposed to address this unfairness, but in 2015, over 21,000 complaints were filed with the government.

Ageism — both at work and outside the office — isn’t going away anytime soon, but we can help make things better for older employees by just being ourselves.

Standing up for our own qualifications and confronting prejudices against working boomers are just two of the real, actionable measures we must take in addressing larger, more institutional issues.

Are you experiencing age discrimination on the job? Don’t let this happen to you. Fight back! Contact us today for a consultation.