On June 10, 2022, Google LLC agreed to pay $118 million to settle a class action gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former employees in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Originally filed in September 2017, the lawsuit advanced four California state law causes of action against Google based on alleged salary disparity, including an Equal Pay Act claim, a Labor Code claim, a Business and Professions Code claim, and a claim for declaratory judgment.
On April 27, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration, holding that the Cintas Partners’ Plan had not consented to arbitration, and, therefore, there was no basis for the Plaintiffs’ claims to be arbitrated.
On June 1, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a Federal Court’s decision to certify a class of more than 60,000 participants in a lawsuit against Universal Health Services Inc. (“UHS”) regarding the alleged mismanagement of the UHS Retirement Savings Plan.
Plaintiffs, represented by Miller Shah LLP and Fee Smith Sharp and Vitullo LLP, allege that Fluor, a Texas-based construction and engineering company, breached its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
On March 31, 2022, the Honorable Christy Wiegand, a Judge for the United States District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania, granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action alleging PNC Financial Services Group Inc. mismanaged its defined-contribution 401(k) retirement plan.
On March 8, 2022, United States District Judge Frank D. Whitney of the Western District of North Carolina approved a $3.5 million settlement of class action claims alleging the Company mismanaged its defined contribution retirement plan. Represented by Miller Shah, two former Coca-Cola Bottling employees specifically alleged that the Company mismanaged the Plan by incorporating excessive fees and risky investment options.
On February 17, 2022, a class of 1,322 California drivers announced an $8.43 million settlement with Uber Technologies, Inc. to resolve claims that Uber intentionally misclassified its drivers as independent contractors between February 28, 2019 and December 17, 2020.
On February 23, 2022, U.S. District Judge Martha Pacold granted Uber’s motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit over the classification of its employees under federal wage laws.
XPO Logistics has agreed to pay $9.5 million in a settlement with California truck drivers in a lawsuit over alleged worker misclassification.
On February 14, 2022, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan granted final approval of a proposed $18 million Settlement in a class action against AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. The Settlement resolves allegations that AMC misled investors when touting the Company’s plans to acquire Carmike Cinemas, Inc., Odeon & UCI Cinema Group, and Nordic Cinema Group AB.