Tag Archives: “Discrimination claims”

Tenth Circuit Affirms Refusal To Certify Sex Discrimination Class

Hilti, Inc. sells power equipment for use in construction sites.  A quick trip through its website (http://www.us.hilti.com) reveals tools most people wouldn’t have in their home workshops, such as 1100-watt demolition hammers, gas-powered fasteners, and cordless drywall screwers.  Given this product mix, as one might expect, an important part of its sales consists of direct … Continue Reading

Court Addresses Class Action Discrimination Claims Against Union

Discrimination litigation against unions can present unusual issues.  Unions exist for employees to present a unified front in bargaining with their employer.  Indeed, the very name “union” suggests that they are intended to behave as a single unit, the exclusive bargaining representative with the employer on the employees’ behalf.  The idea of such unity leaves … Continue Reading

$175 Million Settlement in Sex Bias Class Action

While most employment class actions today address overtime or independent contractor issues, discrimination actions are still alive and very dangerous for employers. Last May, a New York jury awarded $3.4 million in compensatory damages, and $250 million in punitive damages against pharmaceutical company Novartis in a case alleging sex discrimination involving sales representatives. That’s a … Continue Reading