In the year 2021, there will be three hundred and twenty-five company lawsuits filed against them. Some of these cases have important implications. A Microsoft discrimination lawsuit is slated for trial, while Gap’s reliance on an electronic human resources system will be challenged by non-U.S. citizens. Read on to learn more about each of these lawsuits. Posted on December 20, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.
325 lawsuits filed against food and beverage companies in 2021
The food and beverage industry continues to see its fair share of class action lawsuits. Last year, more than 325 lawsuits were filed against the food and beverage industry, which represents the largest category. In addition, there were 120 lawsuits against the baby food industry stemming from a congressional probe. While food and beverage class actions are on the decline, a rise in false labeling claims is also evident.
While consumer advocacy groups say these lawsuits are necessary to hold Big Food accountable for misleading labels, they also point out that there is currently weak government oversight of claims on food and beverage labels. Consumer advocates also ask whether suing companies is the best way to protect consumers, or whether the cost will ultimately be passed on to consumers. In the meantime, they can submit comments or suggestions for the definition of “false claim” or propose legislation to raise the standards for food and beverage labeling.
While California continues to be the nation’s “food court,” other courts in the U.S. are also likely to see an increase in class action lawsuits. For example, the Northern District of California continues to receive a significant percentage of food class action lawsuits. In addition, the Central and Southern Districts of California have also seen a spike in food-related class actions. In addition to California and the Southern and Central Districts of California, there has been an increase in cases challenging sugar content and advertised flavors. Other lawsuits are filed in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida.
Microsoft discriminated against non-U.S. citizens
A US Department of Justice lawsuit alleging that Microsoft Corporation discriminated against non-U.S. citizens has been settled. The settlement covers non-citizens including refugees, asylees, and lawful permanent residents. The lawsuit alleges that Microsoft’s hiring practices required foreign nationals to provide unnecessary immigration documentation and violated anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The DoJ lawsuit states that the company violated these provisions.
The DOJ settled the lawsuit after an investigation found that Microsoft had discriminated against green card holders in its hiring practices. The company allegedly asked non-citizens to provide more documentation than was required by law, and it repeatedly asked for proof of legal immigration status from foreign workers. The DOJ settled the lawsuit with Microsoft after the software company agreed to reform its hiring practices.
The DOJ says the lawsuit is motivated by a desire to improve diversity within the company. Microsoft is an advocate of diversity and equality in the workplace and has a website dedicated to global diversity. It has also opposed the termination of the DACA program, which allows children of illegal immigrants to obtain work permits. A Microsoft spokesperson said the company is working to address the issues raised by the lawsuit.