Free Speech

A National Guard member – who was cut from the Volunteers in Service to America Program after her supervisor discovered she was the author of a book about her time as a phone-sex operator – cannot pursue her case against any federal defendant, the Seventh Circuit ruled. The woman may sue her supervisor individually for violations of her First Amendment rights.  

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Judge Guts Key Arbitration Waiver in Nursing Home Workers’ Suit

Citing binding precedent, a federal judge tossed part of an arbitration agreement that required nursing home employees suing for unpaid wages to give up their right to seek civil penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act, a law that deputizes private citizens to enforce California’s strict labor codes. 

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Social Security Mess

Wading into a tangled multinational social security dispute, a European Court of Justice magistrate said Tuesday that Dutch companies who recruited, employed and paid Dutch truck drivers made available by a Cyprus-based fleet manager are the employers of the drivers for the purposes of social security – not the Cypriot business.

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