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Technological Advances Debunk Common Excuses for Failure to Promote Women

Any woman working in today’s corporate culture is no doubt familiar with the numerous excuses used to explain the underrepresentation of women in corporate management. A veritable cottage industry has emerged in the form of books and articles offering advice on the common mistakes women make that result in slowed career growth. The advice for […]

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Sexual Harassment Training: Mandatory in Several States and Critical Nationwide

Posted November 6th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

As of October 9, 2018, New York State employers are now required to provide sexual harassment training pursuant to the State’s recently enacted sexual harassment prevention legislation, Section 201-g of the New York State Labor Law. This new law requires that all employers within New York, both private and public, provide annual anti-harassment training to […]

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Moving Towards Pay Equity Without Salary History

Posted October 8th, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

Over the past few years, there has been a movement to restrict employers from inquiring into the salary histories of prospective employees. The rationale for this prohibition is clear: certain jobs and workers have historically been underappreciated and underpaid; consequently, workers in these jobs are anchored to lower starting salaries. If employers can ask about […]

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Brett Kavanaugh Could Still Face Felony Charges in Maryland Courts

Posted September 23rd, 2018 by in Criminal/Sexual Violence.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford bravely came forward with allegations that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, tried to rape her in 1982 in Montgomery County Maryland, when Kavanaugh was a 17-year-old student at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Maryland. While some have speculated that Kavanaugh could face charges for the 1982 incident, no one has […]

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NYU Lawsuit Highlights Potential Problems with Sexual Harassment and Assault Investigations

Posted August 28th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Universities and employers have a duty to respond to allegations of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination. Many organizations conduct investigations before responding, and plaintiffs have filed gender discrimination lawsuits based on the investigations themselves. For one example, read coverage of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s trial about a Columbia University investigation here. Whether an investigation is so […]

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The EEOC’s #MeToo Moment

Posted August 20th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The EEOC first convened its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace in 2015 and 2016.  The Task Force issued a report and several recommendations aimed at employers and the EEOC itself. The Task Force’s 2016 report foreshadowed many of the issues that would later become central to the #MeToo conversation.  […]

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Why Maryland Lawmakers Should Accept the PA Grand Jury’s Recommendations on Priest Abuse

Posted August 15th, 2018 by in Criminal/Sexual Violence.

Yesterday, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Investigating Grand Jury released a comprehensive report detailing the Catholic Church’s systematic and widespread cover-up of more than 300 Catholic clergy’s sexual abuse of thousands of children. The report exposes a shameful cover-up by the late Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, which The Baltimore Sun detailed in an article […]

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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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Antidiscrimination Laws Can Help Combat Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in Medicine

A few months ago, I blogged about the considerable evidence of gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the medical profession. Here, I turn to the persistent racial and ethnic disparities among physicians. Like gender disparities, racial and ethnic disparities in medicine manifest in multiple forms—in pay, promotions, and harassment from colleagues and patients. A growing […]

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The Opioid Epidemic: Its Causes and How Communities Can Fight Back

Posted August 7th, 2018 by in Civil Litigation.

America is experiencing an opioid epidemic that has resulted in economic, social and emotional damage to virtually every community in the United States and tens of thousands of Americans. It is indiscriminate and ruthless, and kills 175 Americans every day. In 2016, more than 64,000 people died of drug overdoses (and the majority of these […]

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