Attorneys Investigate Wage Practices in Several Industries
The latest issue of our newsletter revolves mostly around fair wages, but that isn’t all we have this time around. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are currently investigating some of the biggest names in the poultry processing industry, with the belief that a wage-fixing scheme may be suppressing plant workers’ pay. DHL is also in the spotlight as allegations have surfaced that the company is responsible for making sure its delivery drivers are paid properly, even when those drivers are employed by third-party service providers. From there, a rise in online complaints is giving attorneys reason to suspect a popular cord blood banking company has been substantially increasing its annual fees with little-or-no notice to customers. Then, Robinhood is facing multiple class action lawsuits over its intentional removal of GameStop and other stock from its platform. The details, as well as the latest settlements, can be found below.
Allegations have surfaced that some of the largest poultry processors – including Perdue and Tyson – have been colluding to fix and suppress the wages of plant workers for years. As a result, hundreds of thousands of plant workers across the country may have made less than they would have had the companies offered competitive wages. One lawsuit has already been filed against more than a dozen poultry processors, but attorneys are still looking to speak to additional plant workers, particularly those who were paid on a salary basis, to help strengthen their case. If the litigation is successful, it could put an end to any illegal pay practices and even help employees recover the money they lost out on over the years. So, if you worked at a poultry processing plant at any time since 2009, you’ll want to check out this page for a list of potentially affected processors, as well as an opportunity to share your story.
Cord Blood Registry (CBR), a company parents can use to store their newborn’s cord blood and cord tissue, has become the center of multiple online complaints. Specifically, CBR customers are claiming that the company is quietly and significantly increasing their annual storage fees – and attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a breach-of-contract lawsuit can be filed in light of these complaints. A class action lawsuit, if filed and successful, could allow parents the chance to get back the difference between what they paid in annual payments and what they expected to pay – and it could also force the company to change the way it represents its yearly fees. If you feel you’ve paid more than you expected after banking your child’s cord blood or tissue with CBR, share your story with us here.
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It should go without saying that if you represent a company in your work, they should take some responsibility in making sure you’re paid properly. DHL is facing some scrutiny in this regard, as allegations have surfaced that the company hasn’t done its part to ensure drivers who are paid by third-party service providers to deliver the company’s packages are paid proper overtime wages. It could be argued that DHL has no responsibility here – but one lawsuit is claiming that DHL has ample influence and control over how these drivers are paid and is therefore legally responsible to ensure that they are compensated properly. The lawsuit even claims DHL is aware that some delivery drivers aren’t being paid like they should but has chosen to hide behind these third-party logistics companies to shield itself from liability for wage violations. If you delivered packages for DHL, you can find everything you need to know, as well as an opportunity to help get additional lawsuits filed, here.
You may be aware of the unprecedented price increase for GameStop (GME) stock after it was driven up by Reddit users – well now, Robinhood is facing a heap of litigation for its handling of the event. Several proposed class action lawsuits accuse the company of intentionally removing GameStop (and other companies’) stock from its platform and, in turn, manipulating the open market and depriving consumers of investment opportunities. The cases allege that Robinhood has strayed far from its mission statement of “democratizing finance for all” and is acting for the benefit of financial institutions and other investors who are not the company’s typical customer. We likely haven’t seen the last of these filings, but we’ll keep this page updated with the details as they become available.
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