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Dos and Don’ts of Severance Agreements

Posted July 19th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

Fired?  Laid off?  I’m sure you have so many things running through your mind right now.  Here are a few things to consider when reviewing your severance agreement. DON’T be pressured to respond or sign immediately. Your employer must give you time to review the agreement.  I frequently hear of employers trying to pressure or […]

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Dos and Don’ts to Consider Before Going to Human Resources

Posted February 19th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

Thinking of raising a complaint to your Human Resources representative?  First, read these Dos and Don’ts from an employment law attorney. 1. DO read this article: “HR Is Not Your Friend: Here’s Why.” In representing clients in gender discrimination claims and pregnancy discrimination claims, I have learned that many employees think HR is there for […]

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Dos and Don’ts to Consider Before Calling an Employment Lawyer

Posted August 13th, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

Thinking of reaching out to an employment attorney? It is likely that the attorney, or someone in the attorney’s office, will want to conduct an intake with you to learn about your situation. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts that you may find helpful. 1. DO tell them why you called. Are you looking […]

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Employee Evaluations in BigLaw: How Best to Reduce Bias

Posted April 30th, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

Law 360 recently reported that two law firms are revamping their performance evaluation process for associate attorneys by replacing formal annual reviews with more informal, frequent performance assessments. Law360 also reported that other BigLaw firms are likely to follow suit. Law firms that have initiated these changes explain that more frequent, timely feedback on performance […]

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Recognizing GOOD Guys

Posted January 16th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The past few years, and particularly the past few months, have been a very interesting time to be a gender discrimination lawyer focusing on gender issues, particularly in the legal profession. We have been having a national conversation about pay equity, and every day more women lawyers are asking questions about the fairness of their […]

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Barriers to Success for Women in Law Firms

Posted August 30th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Several recent gender discrimination class action lawsuits illustrate that women in law firms face a number of additional hurdles not encountered by their male colleagues.  While women have made up more than 40% of law school students for more than three decades, the number of women diminishes at every level of advancement.  In last month’s […]

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Join the Experts for a Conversation About the Gender Pay Gap

Posted April 19th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

I originally published this post in advance of a panel event commemorating Equal Pay Day. The event involved a lively discussion on the gender pay gap, as well as how best to communicate the issue of equal pay in our current political climate. For additional information on the gender pay gap, follow this blog! For […]

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Q&A with Anna Rappaport

Posted May 19th, 2016 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

I was happy to meet and talk with Anna Rappaport at a happy hour in the fall about her work as a career coach.  I had not worked with a coach before and was curious, as a few of my friends had great things to say about their experiences.  I also thought I could improve […]

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Q&A with Andi Cullins

Posted January 25th, 2016 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Earlier this fall I coordinated a happy hour with the D.C. Women’s Bar Association, and I enjoyed talking with several interesting women (and a handful of men brave enough to come to a WBA event!).  I talked with Andi Cullins about her efforts to get more women on corporate boards.  Andi explained that she is […]

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Q&A with Laura Flegel

Posted January 20th, 2016 by in Employment Discrimination.

The National Employment Lawyers Association, or NELA, does a ton of great work advocating for workplace rights.  One of my first interviews for this blog was with Roberta Steele, Program Director at the organization, about how forced arbitration prevents American workers from enforcing their rights.  As the Legislative & Public Policy Director for NELA, Laura […]

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