NAVAJO TRUCK DRIVERS SEEK ORDER DETERMINING COERCIVE CONTRACT PROVISIONS ARE ILLEGAL AND UNENFORCEABLE: Boswinkle v. Navajo Express, Inc.

Complaint alleges that the “loser pays provision” and “class waiver” in truck drivers’ contract with Navajo Express are illegal and unenforceable.

Two truck drivers are asking a Colorado court to declare that two provisions of their contract are unenforceable. The workers allege that the “class waiver” and “loser pays provision” they challenge are designed to, and in fact do, prevent workers from holding Navajo Express accountable for legal violations, including misclassifying their workers as independent contractors. Far too often employers pack contracts with illegal terms designed to chill their workers from coming forward to report violations and recover unpaid wages. Towards Justice is proud to represent these workers, along with partners at The Kelman Buescher Firm, P.C.

Case Documents:

Complaint

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FLIGHT ATTENDANTS CHALLENGE FAILURE TO ACCOMMODATE PREGNANT AND BREASTFEEDING PARENTS: Hodgkins, et. al v. Frontier Airlines, Inc.

Complaint alleges that Frontier Airlines failed to accommodate pregnant and breastfeeding flight attendants. Plaintiffs seek damages and policy changes.

Four flight attendants are suing Frontier Airlines for discriminating against pregnant and nursing flight attendants. They allege that Frontier subjected them to risk of disciplinary action for necessary pregnancy-related absences and eventually forced them onto unpaid leave when they were no longer able to fly, with no possibility of receiving accommodations that would have enabled them to continue working. They further allege that although Frontier offered no paid parental leave and only a short unpaid leave following childbirth, Frontier nonetheless refused to provide or even consider accommodations relating to breastfeeding, leaving Plaintiffs with a choice between continuing to breastfeed or continuing to earn a paycheck. Plaintiffs seek damages and ask that Frontier change its discriminatory policies.

This case is part of a broader fight to ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding parents have equal access to the workforce. Towards Justice is proud to represent these workers, along with co-counsel from the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU, the ACLU of Colorado, and Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, LLP.

Case Documents:

Complaint

Press Coverage:

NPR: Flight Attendants, Pilots Say Frontier Discriminated Against New Moms

The Denver Post: Group of female pilots, flight attendants file discrimination lawsuits against Frontier Airlines

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FORMER PENNSYLVANIA CIVIL DETAINEES COMBAT FORCED LABOR: Burrell v. Lackawanna Recycling Center, Inc. et al.

Complaint charges that civilly detained child support debtors are forced to work in dangerous recycling center for $5.00 a day. Former detainees are asking for damages and a change of policy.

Three former civil detainees of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania filed a proposed class action complaint alleging that the County, the private company that owns and operates the Lackawanna County Recycling Center, and other private and public defendants forced hundreds of child support debtors in Lackawanna County to work at the Recycling Center for $5.00 per day under atrocious conditions. The Plaintiffs allege that the Defendants extracted their nearly-free labor by requiring them to work in the Center as a condition of eligibility for work release programs, under which they would have been able to earn money to support their children. The alleged conduct, which Plaintiffs allege violates vital protections against slavery and indentured servitude, allowed public agencies and private corporations and their owners to reap profits from the labor of captive and exploited workers. Plaintiffs are seeking damages and asking that the Defendants change their policy.

This case is part of a broader fight against forced and coerced labor in the criminal and civil justice systems. Towards Justice is proud to support these former detainees, along with co-counsel from Community Justice Project and Handley Farah & Anderson.

Case Documents

Complaint

Press Release: Former Detainees Challenge Forced Labor Practices

Press:

The Times Tribune: LACKAWANNA COUNTY SUED OVER USE OF PRISONERS AT RECYCLING CENTER

The Times Tribune: TRASH FOR CASH, County solicitor: Halting of inmate labor at recycling center won’t impact pending lawsuit

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Our litigators help workers advance legal claims that address systemic injustice. We use antitrust, anti-slavery, fraud, wage-and-hour, and common-law challenges to address the wide variety of practices that nickel-and-dime low-wage workers out of their hard-earned wages. We have represented a hundred thousand childcare workers alleging wage suppression, tens of thousands of immigrant detainees alleging forced labor, and hundreds of construction workers, shepherds, manicurists, janitors, and kitchen hood cleaners. We are leaders in challenging anti-competitive practices that reduce worker bargaining power and support marginalized people who challenge structural impediments to their advancement.

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