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Stagnant Wages Hamper DOL’s Efforts to Combat Wage Theft

A stagnant minimum wage widens the gap between the rich and the poor, and causes many workers to fall further behind and rely on government programs to make ends meet.

07/15/2024

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Federal Court Preliminary Approves Class Action Settlement in Tip Pool Lawsuit Brought by Schwazze Budtenders in New Mexico and Colorado

On April 1, 2024, a federal district court in New Mexico preliminary approved a class action settlement on behalf of approximately 250 budtenders employed by Medicine Man Technologies Inc. (doing business as Schwazze) in New Mexico and Colorado. The settlement provides the budtenders in the Settlement Class with a total of $525,000 to resolve their claims that the cannabis company unlawfully required them to share tips with supervisory employees called Shift Leads in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New Mexico law.

April 05, 2024

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Colorado Dispensary Employee Files Class Action Wage Complaint

A former dispensary employee has filed a class action lawsuit against “Yuma Way LLC,” a company that owns and operates nine marijuana dispensaries in the state of Colorado. The lawsuit, filed March 20, 2024, in the Colorado District Court for Denver County, alleges that Yuma Way LLC failed to provide the rest breaks and meal breaks required by Colorado wage and hour laws.

March 29, 2024

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New York City amends Earned Safe and Sick Time Act to add private right of action.

Employees in New York City now have the right to sue directly in court if their employers violates the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA). The ESSTA gives employees the right to use leave for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member, and to use leave to seek legal and social services assistances.

March 27, 2024

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UFC Settles Fighters’ Class Action Antitrust Lawsuit for $335 Million

Recently, UFC fighters settled a decade long antitrust case against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (“UFC”) and its parent company. The fighters alleged that the UFC, a mixed martial arts organization, has monopoly power to suppress their compensation.

March 26, 2024

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Monmouth College Data Breach Investigation

On December 14, 2022, Monmouth College discovered that its network had been subject to to unauthorized activity and began investigating.

March 22, 2024

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City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida Data Breach Investigation

On January 29, 2024, the City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida ("the City") discovered that its network had been subject to to unauthorized activity and began investigating.

March 22, 2024

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