In our latest issue, we’ll focus on a controversial (and potentially illegal) employment practice – the strict enforcement of when and under what circumstances employees can use the bathroom. An investigation has been launched to see if lawsuits can be filed to help restore fair and reasonable access to the bathroom – and if you work on an assembly or production line, you’ll want to pay particular attention. After that, we have several lawsuits that have already been filed and are making their way through the court system. We’ll touch on everything from the effectiveness of IcyHot lidocaine patches and how Shell charges debit card users at the pump to another bathroom-related issue with TopCare’s “flushable” wipes. Keep reading for the latest.
Lawsuits shouldn’t be necessary to ensure that workers have reasonable access to the bathroom – but attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that they may be needed, as some companies are reportedly denying this basic right to their production line workers. The attorneys are specifically looking into whether companies in the meatpacking, warehousing and manufacturing industries are violating the law by only allowing workers to use the bathroom at certain times or under certain circumstances – and not simply when they need to. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could force employers to change their policies to ensure that workers have reasonable, fair and equal access to the bathroom. If you work on a production or assembly line and your use of the bathroom is being unfairly limited, share your story with us and you may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started.
Getting some relief from the pain of sore muscles is a wonderful thing – but a recently filed lawsuit is arguing that IcyHot’s lidocaine-containing patches may not be the way to get it, despite what its maker may claim. According to the lawsuit, the efficacy of the product has been vastly overstated, and no credible studies exist to support the patch’s advertised pain-relieving capabilities. The suit charges that IcyHot’s supposed benefits are sold on the backs of misrepresentations, half-truths and omissions, with claims that the product can continuously relieve pain for 12 hours and desensitize aggravated nerves being directly singled out as misleading – especially when taking into account what the FDA has to say on the issue. Want more? You can find all the details right here.
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Yes To recently agreed to settle claims that its Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Masks cause irritation, redness and a burning sensation. You may be included if you used the product at any time.
Many gas stations will charge you less if you pay with cash instead of a credit card, but a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that Shell charges the higher credit price when customers pay with a debit card – even though debit cards are commonly considered a form of cash. The lawsuit calls the practice out as a “payment processing scheme” in which the average consumer is unsuspectingly charged the higher credit card price even though their debit cards are directly tied to a checking or savings account and their purchase isn’t being made on credit. The complaint says that what Shell has been doing amounts to a “knowing, intentional, and deliberate” attempt to increase its own profits at the expense of its customers. If you frequent Shell for your gas, you’ll want to read up on the allegations here.
Plenty of flushable wipes manufacturers have found themselves at the center of class action lawsuits alleging that while you can technically flush their bathroom wipes, you may still end up with plumbing or septic system damage – which really defeats the purpose of a “flushable” product if you ask me. The latest to join this ever-growing list of companies under fire is Topco Associates, which makes the TopCare “Tippy Toes” product. In mid-April, the company was hit with a lawsuit claiming that their “flushable” wipes – you guessed it – aren’t safe to flush. The lawsuit claims that the products don’t break apart or disperse within a reasonable amount of time, which can lead to clogs and costly sewer damage. According to the suit, nowhere on the product’s labeling are consumers told that the wipes are not suitable for flushing. The complaint also contends that there is no value in a product like this that isn’t actually flushable. Want more? Head over to this page for the details.
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