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NLRB panel rules in favor of plaintiff

A former employee at a Nevada casino resort won a crucial battle in her lawsuit against her former employer. The woman sued Grand Sierra Resort & Casino under wage & hour violations, and she says that she was then barred from returning to the premises after the lawsuit was filed. So how does this simple disagreement mark a major win for the plaintiff?

A National Labor Relations Board made a 2-1 ruling that said the casino's actions sent a message to current employees who may want to join the former employee's lawsuit that they will be punished for doing so. In essence, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the casino was establishing retaliatory rhetoric, and that their actions broke federal law.

Few other details are available about this story, but it does make for a good example of how a company's actions can indirect influence a case. The company may even think they are in the right -- and they may appear to be right from the outside. However, every aspect of an employment law case needs to be examined when a lawsuit is involved. Especially if that case involves wage and hour violations.

Companies may violate your pay structure or your employment status without even knowing it. Though sometimes it may be done intentionally. Regardless of intent, the employees that are affected should consider their legal position to ensure their rights are upheld.

Source: Reuters, "Casino unlawfully barred ex-employee who filed wage-and-hour lawsuit - NLRB," Daniel Wiessner, May 17, 2017

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