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Friday, August 29, 2008


Lawsuits come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of intrigue. One lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Connecticut is high on the latter -- check out the Connecticut Employment Law Blog's post on Scott Levy, et al. v. World Wrestling Entertainment. Scott Levy, who wrestles under the name "Raven", claims that the WWE mis-classified him and other similarly situated current and former WWE performers as independent contractors. Levy claims that he is owed compensation as a result of being an employee of the WWE. While the Complaint is vague, one would presume that at least some of the compensation owed is for unpaid overtime. We should continue to keep on this case, as the WWE and Vince McMahon are known for being aggressive litigants.

The Delaware Employment Law Blog continues the wage and hour theme by giving a good primer on the FLSA's executive exemption.

Fair Labor Standards Act Law rounds out this week's wage and hour posts by reporting on a case in which the court held that an employee's ability to work overtime was an essential function of her job, thereby dooming her disability discrimination claim.

Workplace Horizons gives detail on a potentially significant trial in which a transgender Plaintiff alleges that the Library of Congress engaged in sex discrimination in violation of Title VII by refusing to hire her. This case is being tried after the district court ruled that Title VII is broad enough to cover transgender persons under its provision banning discrimination based on sex. On the flip side, Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog reports on an opposite outcome in a case filed in federal court in Connecticut.

The FMLA Blog digests a case in which the court held that discouraging the use of FMLA leave can violate the FMLA even if the employer ultimately grants the leave.

Labor and Employment Law Blog has a top-5 list of  workplace privacy tips for employers.

Nolo’s Employment Law Blog bashes companies that use surveillance on employees taking FMLA leave. Linked are my thoughts on the Vail v. Reybestos case.

Finally, Rush on Business reminds us that honesty really is the best policy in business dealings.