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Amazon, trucking company hit with wage-and-hour lawsuit

Today's on-demand economy is dependent on commercial trucking to get items from manufacturers to warehouses and from warehouses to your Milwaukee doorstep. Because of the immense pressure on truckers and delivery drivers from the moment you place your online order, the allegations in a recent wage-and-hour lawsuit against Amazon are not entirely surprising.

A driver who works for a trucking company that contracts with Amazon says the two companies worked him "into the ground like a rented mule." He says in his lawsuit that the companies routinely violate federal trucking safety regulations limiting the number of hours truckers can be behind the wheel.

Insurer settles race, gender discrimination suit for $20 million

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. has made big changes to its corporate structure in recent years. Like so many other businesses, it has closed offices - including one here in Wisconsin - to reduce payroll and overhead in order to stay competitive. According to settlement terms of a race, sex and national origin discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, the company has more big changes to make.

Jackson National Life has agreed to pay $20.5 million to 21 former employees who charged that the company allowed work environments hostile to African Americans and women in two of its offices. The lawsuit alleged that African American employees were berated as "lazy" and were targeted in racially offensive drawings. A high-level manager referred to female African American employees as "street walkers." Women were also subjected to leering and sexual comments from male co-workers, the lawsuit claimed.

$10 million Wisconsin whistleblower lawsuit settlement

Agnesian HealthCare's headquarters is just an hour's drive north of Milwaukee in Fond du Lac. The company and its affiliated physician group recently agreed to pay $10 million to the state of Wisconsin and the federal government to settle a whistleblower lawsuit.

An orthopedic surgeon accused the hospital of illegally paying kickbacks to doctors in exchange for referrals of Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Milwaukee disability rights advocate Ellen Daly dies at 82

As 2019 came to an end, Milwaukee celebrated the life and achievements of Ellen Daly, and mourned the loss of the disability rights advocate. Paralyzed back in 1963 at age 26, Daly was a housewife and mother of five who transformed herself into an effective champion of rights enjoyed today.

Her daughter Eileen told the Journal Sentinel that her mother's "grit and determination" were evident early on in their bustling home, and later enabled her to help shape Wisconsin legislation and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Former Milwaukee TV weatherman alleges anti-Semitism in discrimination lawsuit

A former Milwaukee TV weatherman says he was subjected to anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination at WTMJ-TV before being wrongfully terminated in 2017. Scott Steele and two other former WTMJ employees have filed a religious discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the station.

The lawsuit says Scripps Media Inc. – the owner of the Milwaukee station – waged “a campaign of retaliation against Steele for speaking up to protest the anti-Semitic discrimination workplace hostility he was suffering.”

Do you know the most common causes of long-term disability?

The number of adults in the U.S. living with a disability is staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 61 million people — that’s one in every four adults — have at least one disability. This can significantly impact their ability to work and their income.

What causes these disabilities? You may think it's something shocking and dramatic, such as a car crash or a workplace injury. In reality, it’s often something much different.

Fox News host Britt McHenry files sexual harassment suit against network

As it is in Milwaukee, Fox News is the number one cable network across the nation. According to recently released data from Nielsen, Fox has topped other cable networks for the fourth year in a row.

Not all the news about Fox is positive, however. The network was recently accused of retaliating against Fox Nation host Britt McHenry after she complained about sexual harassment by former co-host George "Tyrus" Murdoch.

Pilots, flight attendants: Frontier discriminates against pregnant women, new moms

It is the perfect time of year to fly Frontier Airlines from Milwaukee to one of its sunny destinations in the South or West. Some of Frontier's employees say that they pay a stiff price to work for the low-cost airline, however.

In a pair of federal lawsuits, a group of female pilots and flight attendants say Frontier discriminates against pregnant women and nursing moms. They said the airline "forced them to make impossible choices between their families and their livelihood."

Former Chipotle manager settles sexual harassment suit for $95,000

The fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has more than 2,600 stores around the world, including a trio serving its trademark Mission-style burritos and more here in the Milwaukee area.

The company and its subsidiary Chipotle Services, LLC recently agreed to pay $95,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

Big Lots agrees to big settlement in disability discrimination case

There are nine Big Lots stores scattered across Wisconsin, including one in the Milwaukee metro area. The stores offer furniture, clothing, toys, pet supplies and more.

The retail chain recently agreed to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a pair of employees for $100,000 and other concessions.

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