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Google Paying $11 Million To 227 Age Discrimination Law Suits

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The head plaintiff in the case, first filed in 2015, was a 60-something man who says he was deemed a “great candidate” by a Google recruiter. The lawsuit said that in 2013, the median age of Google employees was 29, whereas the typical computer programmer in the US is over 40, according to several different measures.

During the interview process, Plaintiff received a technical phone interview with a Google engineer. Plaintiff alleged that the engineer had a heavy accent, a problem made worse by the engineer’s insistence on using a speakerphone. When Plaintiff was working through a technical problem, he asked if he could share his code using a Google Doc. The interviewer refused, Plaintiff alleged. Instead, Plaintiff had to read code snippets over the phone—an inherently error-prone process, Plaintiff argued that the interview process “reflected a complete disregard for older workers who are undeniably more susceptible to hearing loss.”

Plaintiff and Google settled their claims in December, but the larger class-action lawsuit went forward with another lead plaintiff—who is in her early 50s and joined the case in 2016. She says she interviewed for engineering jobs at Google four times but was never offered a position.

During one interview process, Plaintiff says, a recruiter asked her to submit an updated résumé that showed her graduation dates for college and graduate degrees. When the Plaintiff asked why this was required, she says the recruiter responded that it was “so the interviewers can see how old you are.”

Of the $11 million payout in the settlement, $2.75 million will go to lawyers representing the class. As reported by Bloomberg. The second plaintiff will get an extra $10,000 as the lead plaintiff. The remaining cash works out to around $35,000 per plaintiff.

Google has also promised to step up its efforts against age discrimination, providing training to managers and creating a new committee to address age discrimination issues. Google is settling the case without admitting that it has done anything wrong.

Companys Sues Hackers That Help Players Cheat With Pokemon Go

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New York State Suing Sackler Family For Creation Of OxyContin

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New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin.

The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths per day, on Thursday expanded an existing lawsuit against pill maker Purdue Pharma to add members of its controlling Sackler family as defendants. Five other companies that produce opioid painkillers and four drug distributors, which buy medications in bulk and sell them to pharmacies, were also added as defendants.

“This is an extensive lawsuit that leaves no stone unturned,” New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, said at a news conference.

While other states and localities have filed similar suits, New York is taking some novel approaches, such as seeking to bar the companies from marketing and distributing painkillers in New York unless they abide by strict safeguards.

The suit claims drug manufacturers collaborated to falsely deny the serious risks of opioid addiction, and it accuses drug distributors of skirting systems meant to limit orders for painkillers. Distributors even helped pharmacies game the system to evade the caps, the lawsuit alleges.

 

But at the heart of the case are Purdue and the Sacklers, whom James called “the masterminds behind this crisis.”

The suit, like others filed elsewhere, alleges aggressive marketing of OxyContin beginning in the mid-1990s led to massive over prescribing and a scourge of dependency, addiction and death. Once the pills ran out, the lawsuit alleges, many patients craving the same effects turned to cheaper, more potent alternatives: heroin and fentanyl.

Representatives for Purdue and Sackler family members said the suit misleadingly blames them for a problem that’s far bigger than OxyContin.

Huawei Sues The United States Government

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Huawei sues the US government over ban, says it’s unconstitutional

Huawei  is fed up with the US government. Whether it will emerge victorious or humiliated is something the tech industry will be watching closely. Huawei has filed a lawsuit in Texas suing the US government over a new law that banned Huawei’s products from use in federal agencies. It has labeled the ban as unconstitutional and seeks to have that part of the law overturned.

There might be little chance that Huawei will win that case but the act alone is enough to create ripples that will be felt in years to come. Huawei said that the US has repeatedly failed to present evidence of accusations of state-sponsored espionage and this lawsuit could very well force the US government to actually produce hard evidence.

This lawsuit could work both ways, depending on whether the US does have such evidence that the company is a national security threat. If it does, it will cement other countries’ decision to ban Huawei from government and maybe even public use as well. Huawei is challenging the new National Defense Authorization Act, saying that the US government is in violation of the constitution by singling it out. In doing so, the US Congress has acted as Judge, jury, and executioner, without even taking the company to court, Huawei says.

 

Federal Judge Halts ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ That Allows Cheats

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Take-Two Interactive, which makes Grand Theft Auto Online, experienced a loss of at least $500,000 due to these programs, according to its initial complaint on March 23. Single-player mods are available with his programs, but the online community and publisher began to take issue when the online multiplayer sphere was impacted. The injunction seeks to stop sales of his product, which allows God Mode and can enable the practice of “griefing.” Online communities have engaged in substantial debate as to what qualifies as griefing, but it mostly involves creating inconvenience through level and firepower discrepancies between players.

 

Nike Facing Discrimination From Female Employees

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  • Two former Nike employees filed a class action lawsuit against Nike at the District Court of Oregon Thursday alleging sex discrimination on the grounds that Nike pays women less than their male counterparts, promotes women less and offers them smaller annual salary increases and bonuses, according to court filings.  According to a company statement emailed to Retail Dive by a spokesperson, “Nike opposes discrimination of any type and has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. We are committed to competitive pay and benefits for our employees. The vast majority of Nike employees live by our values of dignity and respect for others.”
  • However, the two plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit, claim the company fosters an environment “where women are devalued and demeaned” and that “the company hierarchy is an unclimbable pyramid.” They claim that women are passed over for promotions and must “far outshine her male counterparts” to succeed.
  • In addition to poor promotion opportunities, former Nike employees Johnston and Cahill also claim the company ignores female employees’ complaints about sexual harassment and discrimination, and that “male bad behavior is rarely penalized.” The lawsuit draws on Johnston’s experience at Nike, from 2008 to 2017, as well as Cahill’s from 2013 to 2017, and other — sometimes unnamed — employees.
  • The company has attempted to make up for its “toxic” workplace culture by apologizing to employees, promoting women and raising salaries. Even though the lawsuit claims that the company’s workplace is “hostile” and “devalues its female employees.” Among the chief offenders was Edwards, who, according to the lawsuit, “caused and exacerbated a hostile work environment.”

    The filing also points states that, prior to his abrupt departure in March, Edwards was considered the likely replacement of current CEO Mark Parker and was offered a $6 million retention award by Nike, as well as a 14.3% increase to his salary, just weeks before his resignation. Meanwhile, in 2017, Cahill claims she was paid $20,000 less than a male colleague on her team who did “substantially similar work,” and Johnston alleges that her starting salary was $2,000 less than a male employee hired shortly afterward.

 

Former Google Engineer Says Bro-Culture Led To Repeated Sexual Harassment

 

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 A  software engineer who worked at Google for seven years and fired in February 2016, is suing Google for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. The engineer says in her lawsuit that the company’s “bro-culture” led to continuous harassment and that Google did nothing to intervene. 

Throughout her time at Google, she was routinely sexually harassed, according to her lawsuit. She stated male coworkers spiked her drinks with alcohol and shot nerf guns at her regularly, and she says one male co-worker messaged her to ask for a “horizontal hug.” At a holiday party, Lee’s lawsuit says, a male co-worker slapped her across the face while he was intoxicated.

In one particularly disturbing incident detailed in the lawsuit,  a male coworker hiding under her desk when she returned after a short break. He refused to say what he was doing, the lawsuit says. “The incident with the co-worker under her desk really shocked her and had her nervous. The Plaintiff had never spoken to that co-worker before. She was frightened by his comment and believed he may have installed some type of camera or similar device under her desk,” the lawsuit says. Google’s human resources department pressured Lee during a series of meetings to make a formal complaint about the incident. However, her claims were found to be “unsubstantiated,” emboldening her coworkers to continue the harassment after she complained whereby, co-workers retaliated making it difficult for her to perform. She was subsequently terminated. 

This lawsuit is reminiscent of those raised last year by the engineer who blew the whistle about systemic sexual harassment at Uber. 

The treatment of women has put Google on the hot seat in recent months. It’s being sued by women who allege Google pays them less than men and investigated by the Labor Department into what it says is “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.” Google says its own analysis of employee compensation shows no gender pay gap. 

At the same time, Google has encountered resistance from within its own ranks to diversity efforts to hire more women and people of color. 

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