Popeyes Faces Lawsuit Over Overtime Pay and Pandemic-Related Labor Changes

On July 24, 2023, the Honorable Lisa G. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia denied a summary judgment bid filed by Sailormen, Inc. (“Defendant”), the owner of a chain of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (“Popeyes”) restaurants in Florida and Georgia. The lawsuit concerns allegations that Defendant mishandled overtime payments and benefits for store managers during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the complexities of labor laws during unprecedented circumstances.

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Verizon Agrees to $30 Million Settlement in ERISA Class Action

On July 7, 2023, Plaintiff Melina Jacobs (“Plaintiff”) filed an unopposed motion for preliminary approval of class settlement to resolve claims she brought on behalf of herself, the Verizon Savings Plan for Management Employees (the “Plan”), and other participants of the Plan against Verizon Communication, Inc., (“Verizon”), Verizon Investment Management Corp, the Verizon Employee Benefits Committee, and Marc C. Reed, Matha Delehanty, Andrew H. Nebens, Connia Nelson, Shane Sanders, Robert J. Barish, and Donna C. Chiffriller (collectively “Defendants”).  The parties agreed to settle the claims for $30 million.

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Spirit Airlines Faces FMLA and Unlawful Termination Lawsuit

On September 2, 2022, Plaintiff, Grace Flannery (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint on behalf of herself and similarly situated class members against her former employer, Spirit Airlines Inc. (“Defendant” or “Spirit”), in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Spirit is a major commercial airline headquartered in Miramar, Florida that serves more than 90 destinations across the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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Staten Island Amazon Workers Back Union

On April 1, 2022, after multiple years of pandemic-induced layoffs, staffing shortages, contentious vaccine policies, and other workplace issues, Amazon.com, Inc. (“Amazon” or the “Company”) workers at the JFK8 warehouse facility in Staten Island voted in favor of union representation under the Amazon Labor Union (“ALU”), the first certified union to represent Amazon workers. The historic vote presents a massive breakthrough in worker safety.

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