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401(K) Mismanagement: How to Recognize the Signs

Each year, millions of hard-working employees invest billions of dollars in their employer’s 401(k) plans because they trust their employer to provide a best of class plan. Often, however, the employer’s endeavors are tainted by a failure of effort, competence and/or loyalty.  Employees’ hard-earned retirement savings are exposed unnecessarily to wasted fees and poor investment […]

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Men Can Be the Victims of Sexual Harassment Too

Posted March 15th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

On February 15, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Hidden Hawaii Tours alleging that the President of the company engaged in a pattern of sexually harassing his young employees. Unfortunately, that’s not an uncommon scenario. The difference in this case is that the victims were men. According to the EEOC […]

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Because of Sex – Does Title VII Prohibit Harassment based on Sexual Orientation?

Posted March 6th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee “because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” When an employer discriminates against an employee because of his or her gender, there is, therefore, no question that Title VII makes that conduct […]

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L-Share Annuities: Stale Wine in a New Bottle

Annuities are a constant subject of litigation, and for good reason. Although the companies that pitch annuities describe them as relatively simple products, they are anything but.  These are complex contracts with high fees, long lock-up periods and bewildering disclosure documents. Basically, an annuity is a life insurance policy that is bundled with a separate […]

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The Motherhood Penalty a.k.a Caregiver or Family Responsibilities Discrimination

In a 2007 study, Cornell sociologists Correll, Benard, and Paik examined the motherhood penalty, a phrase sociologists use to describe the systemic disadvantages that working mothers often encounter in hiring, pay, promotion, and other aspects of their employment. In the United States, mothers suffer a per-child wage penalty of approximately 5%, controlling for similar qualifications […]

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A Signal to HealthCare Providers From their Pregnant Patients’ Lawyers

The metaphor of ships passing in the night originated (at least according to Google) from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in a compilation called Tales of Wayside Inn. There, Longfellow laments the disconnectedness of the human condition in lines that seem equally applicable to modern life: Ships that pass in the night, and speak […]

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Who is Lee D. Weiss? On Financial Adviser Misconduct

Not everyone will recognize the name Lee D. Weiss, but many might know or have heard of people just like him, who have engaged in a similar type of misconduct. So who is this man and what did he do? Lee D. Weiss was the primary owner and served as the managing partner of Family […]

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“Caregiverism” Feminism: A Proposal for Converting Super Humans to Mere Mortals

As the product of a single-parent household, it is not as though I am unfamiliar with the concept of a woman who puts in long hours at work while serving as the primary breadwinner.  Nonetheless, I am in awe of working professional women who are mothers.  And when it comes to the subset of these […]

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An Epic Decision: Seventh Circuit Shoots Down Employee Arbitration Contract

In a precedent-setting decision late last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit deemed an employee arbitration agreement unenforceable on the ground that it violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The decision is a major win for employees because it recognizes their right to challenge unlawful employment policies and conditions […]

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Private Equity Investors Beware

Private equity conjures up images of billionaires investing in success stories like Facebook and Tesla. Often, though, private equity investments come from retired persons who have labored a lifetime accumulating wealth for their golden years.  But when seniors fall prey to investments like Prometheus Law PLCMGMT LLC and Metropolitan Coffee and Concession, their golden dreams […]

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