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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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The CFTC Whistleblower Program: Rewarding Integrity in the Commodities and Derivatives Markets

Posted January 9th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has established a program to reward whistleblowers that report violations of the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA). The CFTC whistleblower program was created by the Dodd-Frank Act and became effective in October 2011. Under the CFTC’s burgeoning whistleblower program, whistleblowers have been rewarded with individual pay-outs as large as […]

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DOJ Has Released Its FY2017 “Fraud Statistics”: What the numbers tell us (and a few things they don’t reveal)

Posted January 5th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

About two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing more than $3.7 billion in settlements and judgments during fiscal year 2017[1] from civil cases brought under the False Claims Act – a federal law that rewards whistleblowers (called “relators”) who recover stolen taxpayer dollars from fraudsters.  The government’s press release […]

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Three Tips to Protect Yourself in the Workplace

Posted December 20th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Absent a contract of employment, “at-will employment” is the predominant employment relationship in the United States. Under the system, an employer can fire an employee for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all. However, an employee may not be fired for an illegal reason, such as racial, gender, or other types of discrimination […]

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Illegal or Unfair? Identifying and Correcting Unlawful Conduct in the Workplace

Posted December 18th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Everyone who has ever had a job knows that the workplace comes with its ups and downs, from getting a raise and having your work recognized, to suspecting you’re underpaid and managing interpersonal conflicts. The low points are what causes employees to wonder, “Is my employer allowed do this? What can I do to stop […]

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Accent Discrimination: An Overview

Posted December 13th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

According to new Census data, a record 21.5% of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home, including 45% of California residents and 31% of New York and New Jersey residents. In Tennessee, foreign language speakers more than quadrupled in the last twenty-five years. Are these individuals protected under the law if they encounter accent […]

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I Signed a Severance Agreement. Can I Still Sue For Age Discrimination?

Posted December 13th, 2017 by in Age Discrimination.

So, you signed a severance agreement. The agreement says that you waived claims under a lengthy list of laws that you’ve never really heard of. In exchange, your former company gave you a few weeks’ salary. But you think you were the victim of discrimination, and you want to sue the company. Does the severance […]

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Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Posted December 8th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

Foreign nationals often play a critical role in providing information necessary to successful enforcement actions. This role is particularly important as the United States seeks to crack down on the American corporations engaging in bribery and corruption while doing business abroad. One of the primary tools the United States Government uses to fight corruption is […]

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Are You A Construction Worker On A Federal Project Who Was Not Paid Davis Bacon Wages? That May Be a Violation of the Federal False Claims Act

Posted December 4th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

The Davis-Bacon Act, 40 U.S.C. §§ 3141-3148, requires that contractors and subcontractors on federal construction projects pay their employees the prevailing wage rate for their job classification as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The Davis-Bacon Act is a protective labor law that requires certain federal government contracts “for construction, alteration, and/or repair of […]

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Confidential Settlements: An Option for Victims Who Don’t Want to Be Named

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

As increasing numbers of women come forward to speak out about sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, many news commentators have called for an end to confidential discrimination settlements. The intentions behind this call are honorable and righteous, but the reality may be more complicated. Confidential settlements offer benefits for victims. Not every victim […]

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