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Checking My Male Privilege at the Door to the Men’s Room – Part 2

Posted March 25th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Recapitulation: When last we left our narrator, he was engulfed in a line of rowdy males slowly (but not softly) creeping toward the men’s restroom at the Nassau Coliseum during a Ranger-Islander Hockey game. Our hero has spent 35 minutes in queue mode and, at last! The urinals are in sight. But then, a “hulking […]

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Checking My Male Privilege at the Door to the Men’s Room – Part 1

Posted March 23rd, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

It’s not every day of the year that a full-blown epiphany smacks you squarely between the eyes and eradicates your fundamental attitudes about life and meaning. Epiphanies, after all, are rare moments of enlightenment and recognition, the polar opposites of the commonplace and customary. But sometimes, despite their extraordinary nature, epiphanies can erupt under the […]

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Comet-Shmomet, Why We Still Need Feminism: A Debate About “ShirtStorm”

Posted November 21st, 2014 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

For one frozen instant, many of us on our gleaming blue jewel of a planet stood transfixed: enraptured and awestruck by a scrawny piece of machinery hurtling millions of miles from terra firma. It was the little engine that could, only this time for real. On Monday morning, November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency’s […]

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Frankie and Leo [Sinatra and Tolstoy, That Is] On Love and Marriage: Implications for Women in the Workplace

Posted October 9th, 2014 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

PART ONE Dear reader, I feel your pain. I hear your stupefied sputterings, your astonished mutterings, and most of all, your overwrought, tertullianesque declamations: “Tolstoy and Sinatra! What has Tolstoy to do with Sinatra?!” And what connection does any of this bear to women in the workplace, a central theme of “Shattering the Ceiling”? “Here” […]

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Women and Law School: Back to the Future

Posted August 18th, 2014 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

We start this post with the story of a solitary figure, someone who – like the lone protester facing the tanks of Tiananmen – decides to fight mountainous odds: in this case, centuries of gender bias against women. The year is 1875; the venue: Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin. Our protagonist-heroine is “Miss […]

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White-Collar Exemptions for Blue-Collar Workers

Posted July 21st, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Did you know that a worker can make wages below the federal poverty line (currently $23,850 for a family of four), work long hours performing mostly manual labor, and still not necessarily qualify for overtime pay?  Strange but true. The federal wage and hour law (the Fair Labor Standards Act, or “FLSA”) celebrated its 75th anniversary […]

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Reasoning Beats Cussing: Or, Your Demographic is Not Your Destiny

Posted July 16th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

I’m a well-weathered veteran of the lawsuit wars, with nearly 35 years of experience under my fluctuating beltline. For most of my professional life, I’ve played David to Goliath. My clients are employees victimized by some of this country’s largest corporations. On behalf of these clients, and with some measure of success, I’ve sued corporate […]

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