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May.05.2012
A couple of weeks ago, The Good Wife dealt with at-will employment in an episode called The Penalty Box. In that episode, Cary Agos, the former colleague of our heroine Alicia, who joined the prosecutor’s office in a huff a few years ago, decided to interview at Alicia’s firm. The prosecutor’s...
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Jan.19.2012
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled last Wednesday on the so-called "ministerial exemption" to employment discrimination laws on Wednesday, finding that churches are allowed to discriminate. The exemption is something you won't find in Title VII or other discrimination laws, but is purely a...
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Dec.13.2011
It's that most wonderful time of the year. Mistletoe, eggnog and holiday parties in the office make employment lawyers rub their hands together with glee. That's because we get very busy in January after all the party-related firings. There's sexual harassment, discrimination, recriminations,...
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Dec.03.2011
I'm incredibly honored to have my blog, Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home named one of the American Bar Association's Blawg 100 of 2011. Out of over 3500 lawyer blogs, eight of my favorite labor and employment blogs were chosen along with my blog. Of those, I'm pretty sure mine is the only employee-...
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Oct.18.2011
Just like the Tea Party on the other side, the Occupy Wall Street movement is on the brink of having real political power. Everyone wants to know -- what do they want? What changes will they ask for? With unemployment still hovering at 9% and people scared they will lose their jobs for...
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Sep.28.2011
It's still not decided everywhere in America, but in the 5th Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas) you can now sue your employer for age-based harassment. That's right. Up until now, employers argued that you could be harassed at work due to your age and couldn't do anything about it. And in...
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Sep.13.2011
An ugly new trend is spreading in the workplace, and the courts say it's okay. If you're trying to get a job, employers can now discriminate against you in ways that current employers can't. A Potential Employer Can Retaliate Against You For Suing Your Employer The latest attack on...
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Aug.29.2011
This piece by David Sirota in Salon struck a nerve with me. He makes the case that race discrimination still exists. Sad, but it's something that needs to be said over and over. I find the issue of whether any kind of discrimination still exists to be a continuing uphill battle when I...
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Aug.23.2011
With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, I thought it would be important to address what the employer's obligations are if they close the office due to a natural disaster. Whether an employee is entitled to be paid when the office is closed depends on whether they are "exempt"...
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Aug.03.2011
Most employment cases aren't going to be those big headline multi-million dollar awards. Usually, if you're lucky, you might recover lost wages and benefits. Very few cases result in big money for the former employee, so don't assume you have a winning lottery ticket as soon as a coworker makes...