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Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Whole Foods

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When unjust actions are taken against employees by employers, the workers may feel understandably distressed by their situations. If individuals faced retaliation in the form of wrongful termination or other negative actions for speaking out against unfair business practices, they may wish to consider their class action legal options.

It was recently reported that nine former managers of various Whole Foods locations have filed a class action lawsuit against the company due to what they believe was retaliation. The managers had spoken out against an alleged company practice that involved not paying employees bonuses that they had earned through Whole Foods' "Gainsharing" program. As a result of calling out the company on this practice, the nine individuals were investigated and subsequently dismissed from their positions.

The former employees believe that the internal investigation conducted was a "sham," and they are pursuing legal action as a result of their wrongful terminations. Whole Foods also stands accused of defamation as the company reported that the managers themselves were stealing bonuses from other employees. Each plaintiff is hoping to obtain $25 million in compensation for damages.

Staying quiet when it comes to questionable practices carried out by companies may seem like the easy way out. However, allowing these practices to continue may cause workers to face considerable hardships. If California residents have spoken out against issues within their work environments and were retaliated against, they may wish to explore their options for seeking legal action of their own. Information on class action lawsuits and other relevant information may prove useful, and interested parties may wish to contact the Spencer Law Firm for assistance.

Wrongful Retaliation Claims Top EEOC Charges List

Saturday, January 03, 2015

More claims related to wrongful retaliation in the workplace were filed with the federal administration last year, than any other types of claims. In fact, even as the number of discrimination-related claims against employers in the United States drops, the number of wrongful retaliation claims is actually on the increase.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released data which indicated evidence of this disturbing trend. The data found that 42.8% of the complaints that it received were related to wrongful retaliation. The second most frequent charges were those related to race discrimination, with 35% of the complaints.

Apart from these two, the other most common charges received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were those related to pregnancy and sexual harassment, accounting for 29.3%, disability discrimination accounting for 28.6%, age discrimination accounting for 23.2%, national origin discrimination accounting for 10.8%, and religion-based discrimination accounting for 4%. Apart from these, color-based discrimination accounted for 3.1% for the discrimination-related claims, while discrimination based on violations of the Equal Pay Act, accounted for 1.1% of the discrimination claims.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also admitted that the number of charges filed with the agency actually dropped compared to the recent past.

An employer may decide to retaliate against any employee who files a complaint against him or takes any other kind of legal action against the employer. Such wrongful retaliation can take the form of harassing the employee in the workplace, making it difficult for employees to continue to work, and ultimately forcing the employee to resign. In extreme cases, the employee may also be fired for no valid reason.

If you have recently been terminated from your job or have faced other kinds of harassment and retaliation, speak with a California employment lawyer, and discuss your legal options.