Are Production Line Workers Getting Proper Bathroom Breaks?
The top story in this week’s issue revolves around an investigation into the meatpacking industry and how production line workers are being treated. It has been brought to light that some workers are being denied reasonable bathroom access – and attorneys are looking to change that. Then, if you’re a sports fan, you may have heard about this next case already. Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has filed a scathing lawsuit against the NFL and its 32 franchises over what he calls systemic racial discrimination when it comes to the hiring of Black individuals for coaching and management positions. To wrap things up, we have a couple of potentially mislabeled products making their way to the center of recent class action suits – those being Campbell’s “no MSG added” products and Tylenol’s “non-drowsy” cough medicine, respectively. You can also find information on the latest in settlements down below.
If you work on a production or assembly line, especially within the meatpacking industry, and you’ve been denied fair and reasonable access to the bathroom, attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from you. They’re investigating whether lawsuits can be filed to help overturn these aggressive and potentially illegal policies, but first need to hear from workers who’ve had this happen to them. Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, employers cannot unreasonably restrict bathroom access and must allow their workers to use the facilities as needed. So, if you’re not being given reasonable bathroom access where you work, help this investigation and share your story with us here. Federal law strictly prohibits employers from firing, demoting or otherwise retaliating against employees simply because they’ve exercised their legal rights.
After being fired by the Dolphins following back-to-back winning seasons, former head coach Brian Flores has filed a proposed class action against the NFL and each of its teams over alleged racial discrimination. The lawsuit claims that although the league and its 32 franchises have been given numerous opportunities over the years to combat racism, particularly when it comes to hiring Black individuals as head coaches, coordinators and general managers, nothing has changed. The case takes a particularly close look at the “Rooney Rule,” which requires teams to interview at least two minority candidates in connection with any head coaching vacancy. Flores alleges that he twice underwent sham interviews with teams looking to satisfy their Rooney Rule obligations, most recently with the Giants, and that more needs to be done to combat racism in hiring. For a closer look at the situation and the allegations being made, head over to this page.
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This settlement covers those who paid a $3 surcharge designated for the Missouri Sheriffs’ Retirement System as part of court costs to resolve a municipal citation or costs in an associate or circuit court between August 28, 2013 and August 1, 2021.
The presence of MSG in food has long been a point of contention among American diners, to the point that if it’s present in a product, customers expect to be alerted regardless of their stance on the divisive seasoning. Take Campbell Soup Company, for instance, which is now facing a class action lawsuit over the “no MSG added” statement on some of its soups, broths and other products that supposedly do contain monosodium glutamate due to the presence of certain ingredients. While the labels include a disclaimer that says a “small amount of glutamate occurs naturally in yeast extract,” the case argues that a reasonable consumer would not notice this qualifying language and understands “no MSG added” to mean that no glutamates were added to the food at all. The suit mirrors a case filed against Nissin Foods over its Cup Noodles and Top Ramen products. Want more? You can read up on all the details here.
When we’re feeling a little under the weather and just need to get through the day, we trust that medicines advertised as “non-drowsy” will help us do just that. But now, a proposed class action is claiming that certain over-the-counter Tylenol cough medicines have been falsely labeled as “non-drowsy” given that they contain the active ingredient dextromethorphan hydrobromide (DXM). Even at recommended dosages, DXM is known to cause drowsiness, the suit says, and can be found in Tylenol Cold + Flu Severe, Tylenol Cold MAX and Tylenol Cold + Mucus Severe despite their “non-drowsy” claims. Whether an over-the-counter product can cause drowsiness is a key consideration for consumers, who the suit says have been “intentionally misled” and perhaps even overcharged. More on the case can be found over on this page.
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