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  April 18, 2019

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Class Action

 
Class Claims Filed Against Essential Oil Company
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On April 12, 2019, class claims were filed against Young Living Essential Oils in Texas federal court by a company representative who claimed that the company is operating under a “pyramid scheme” business model. In the complaint, named plaintiff Julie O’Shaughnessy alleges that she became a Young Living representative in 2015 after being recruited at a Young Living party. According to the plaintiff, the recruitment of new representatives is a key component of the company’s business model, where existing representatives are given a bonus for each new representative they recruit.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 04/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Colorado County Employee Alleges She Was Harassed by Female Co-Worker
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La Plata County, Colorado, is facing a lawsuit alleging it ignored the sexual harassment of a female employee. The lawsuit was filed by a former employee of the La Plata County General Services Department, who alleges she was the victim of harassment by a female co-worker and discrimination in the workplace. The lawsuit alleges the plaintiff's co-worker had a history of intimidating and harassing co-workers, including attempts to belittle colleagues and making “extreme and offensive sexually derogatory remarks.” County staff were aware of the alleged abuse, but failed to prevent it, alleges the complaint.
Jonathan Romeo, The Durango Herald 04/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Former Grocery Store Employee Files Title IX Lawsuit in Georgia
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A sexual harassment lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleges a former grocery store employee was sexually harassed. The lawsuit alleges All American Quality Foods Inc., doing business as Food Depot, violated Title IX by providing a sexually hostile work environment. As stated in the complaint, the plaintiff was “subjected her to constant sexual and lewd comments and unwanted physical touching” by her manager.
Katheryn Tucker, Law.com 04/11/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$4M Awarded to Female Firefighter Who Requested Place to Pump Breast Milk at Work
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Nearly $4 million has been awarded to a female firefighter from Arizona who alleges she was discriminated against after being denied a place at work to pump her breast milk after pregnancy. The lawsuit alleged the Tucson Fire Department sexually discriminated against the plaintiff and adversely retaliated against her after her request. The lawsuit alleged a violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act under Title VII. The case began in the Pima County Superior Court but moved to the Arizona U.S. District Court in late 2014.
Mackenzie Shuman, Arizona Republic 04/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Hispanic Workers at Oregon Hotel Faced Discrimination, Alleges Lawsuit
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A lawsuit has been filed alleging Hispanic workers at Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Oregon were mistreated on the job. The lawsuit was filed by a man who was fired after reporting the alleged discrimination against the workers. According to the complaint, a housekeeping manager used a racial slur and threw a carton of ice cream at a Hispanic employee. The lawsuit seeks at least $50,000 in economic damages, $100,000 in noneconomic damages and an injunction to stop employment discrimination practices.
Kathleen McLaughlin, Bend Bulletin 04/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit Filed After Surfer Dies of Brain-Eating Amoeba At Texas Water Park
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A lawsuit has been filed over the death of a surfer from a brain-eating amoeba. The lawsuit was filed by the New Jersey man's parents and alleges he contracted the amoeba while surfing at BSR Surf Resort near Waco, Texas. According to the lawsuit, “BSR’s blue-green dyed waves masked a pathogen soup in which Naegleria fowleri amoeba — ‘the brain-eating amoeba’ — could thrive.” The lawsuit was filed last week in Waco’s 414th State District Court.
Tommy Witherspoon, Waco Tribune Herald 04/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Over $24M Awarded by Jury After Woman Dies From Delayed C-Section
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A $24.5 million award has been granted to the family of a woman who died during childbirth. The lawsuit filed by the woman's family alleges she died because doctors delayed a Cesarean section for 14 hours. The woman bled to death after giving birth to her fourth child at Broward General. The money was awarded to the family by the jury in Florida’s 17th Circuit Court. The lawsuit named the woman's doctors as defendants.
Howard Cohen, Miami Herald 04/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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