Latest News: M&S Fights for Fairness in Schools, Hollywood and in the Workplace
History Repeats itself for Judge Clemon in Alabama School Desegregation Case
It’s not a case of déjà vu, though it may feel like it at times to Judge U.W. Clemon, who serves as Of Counsel to Mehri & Skalet. Nearly fifty years after a court ruled in favor of one of Judge Clemon’s first clients – saying that schools in Jefferson County Alabama should integrate – the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled again in favor of desegregation in a case regarding intentional discrimination by a school district in Birmingham.
And the Oscar Goes to…….Inclusion Rider!
Frances McDormand’s win for Best Actress at the 90th Academy Awards may not have been a big surprise, but when she called on the industry to adopt a structural reform known as an “inclusion rider” she surprised many with a new buzzword.
CNN Highlights EEOC Discrimination Charge Against Wal-Mart
CNN recently ran a story on discrimination in the workplace against pregnant women which profiled a familiar face: Whitney Tomlinson, a 30-year-old single mother of two who filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge against Wal-Mart. Mehri & Skalet, along with A Better Balance and the National Women’s Law Center, represent Tomlinson. She filed her charge in December 2017 after Wal-Mart pushed her onto an unpaid leave of absence when she submitted a doctor’s note describing her lifting restrictions due to her pregnancy. As a result of being forced out, she suffered severe financial hardship during an already vulnerable time.
CNN reports, “Walmart’s human resources told Tomlinson that she was not permitted to return to work until after she gave birth and that she would need to apply for a formal unpaid leave of absence to avoid losing her job in the long run. That news put her in a precarious financial and emotional state during her pregnancy, an already vulnerable time for most women. ‘I had to get help and make do with what I could,’ Tomlinson said of life during her pregnancy. A ‘very stressful, very emotional’ time.”
To read the full story and to watch the video on the U.S. ranking last on paid leave issues, click here.
M&S Files Federal Complaint Alleging MetLife Avoided Paying Millions in Wages and Taxes
A federal complaint filed by Mehri & Skalet and Stacey Gray PC alleges insurance industry giant, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), avoided millions in wages, benefits and taxes by misclassifying dentists as independent contractors when they were employees. The lawsuit alleges that MetLife wrongly classified at least 100 dentists — and potentially hundreds of other health professionals — as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and overtime wages, as well as providing pension, health insurance and other benefits to which employees are entitled. The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York in February on behalf of Carol McNeeley, a dentist who worked for MetLife as a consultant from 2002 through October 2017.
Recent Media Coverage Includes:
Reuters, “MetLife accused of misclassifying dental consultants to save millions”
Dentistry Today, “Dentist Files Claim Against MetLife Over Contractor Classifications”