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Banning Bans on Competition: D.C. Passes Sweeping Prohibition on Non-Compete Agreements in the District

Posted January 26th, 2021 by Leigh Anne St. Charles and Kaitlin Leary in Retaliation Law.

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently signed into law a new Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 for the District of Columbia. The new law, which will go into effect following a 30-day congressional review period, offers sweeping and unprecedented employee protection from restrictive workplace policies designed to prevent employees from engaging in employment deemed […]

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Don’t Hesitate: Statute of Limitations in Discrimination and Harassment Cases

Posted January 14th, 2021 by Kate Mueting in Employment Discrimination.

Are you considering contacting a lawyer about discrimination, harassment, or mistreatment at work?  It may be tempting to wait.  You think: “Let’s see how this plays out.  Learn if the company will do the right thing.  Maybe they will promote you, or transfer you, and maybe things will get better.  You have a lot on […]

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Is it Too Late to Bring a Claim of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

Posted January 8th, 2021 by Christine Dunn in Criminal/Sexual Violence, Victims' Rights.

By now, everyone is aware of the allegations of wide-spread child sexual abuse perpetrated over the years by members of organizations like the Catholic Church and the Boys Scouts of America. For too many years, allegations of child sex abuse against these organizations and others were kept quiet. As more and more victims come forward […]

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Legal Remedies in California for Employees Fraudulently Lured into a Job

Posted January 6th, 2021 by Alok Nadig in Civil Litigation.

Ever since the Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, California has attracted a large number of job seekers.  Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s most valuable technology companies, and the Los Angeles area dominates the national media and entertainment industries.  With these booming sectors come enticing professional opportunities that appeal to people […]

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New York’s Salary History Ban: Still Waiting to be Enforced

Posted January 5th, 2021 by Russell Kornblith in Employment Discrimination.

Effective January 6, 2020, New York banned employers from asking job seekers and employees about their compensation history. The same law, Labor Law § 194-a, prohibits employers from relying on salary history in deciding whether to offer employment to an applicant as well as in determining salaries for applicants and employees. The law also prohibits […]

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Walking the Talk: Company Disclosure of EEO-1 Data is Key to Demonstrating a Commitment to Race and Gender Equity

Posted December 30th, 2020 by Saba Bireda in Employment Discrimination.

The EEO-1 survey is an incomparable source of data on employee diversity at U.S. corporations. The survey is conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and requires private employers with over 100 employees to collect race and gender data on their employees on an annual basis. The data collection includes, among other data points, a […]

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You Can Still Bring a Coronavirus-Related Lawsuit Against Your Employer—At Least for Now

Posted December 28th, 2020 by Rebecca Ojserkis in Employment Discrimination.

In the wee hours of December 21, 2020, Congress passed a COVID-19 stimulus package following months of wrangling and stalemates. After nearly a week and much criticism, President Trump signed the bill into law. Despite its massive length—almost 5,600 pages—the bill falls far short of fully meeting the urgent needs of American workers. Congress last […]

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Does Title VII Provide Any Protections If Your Employer Fires You for Advocating for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Posted December 28th, 2020 by James Hannaway in Employment Discrimination.

As long as there has been discrimination in the workplace, courageous employees have spoken up about it. In the past year, employees have pushed hard for workplace equity, as examples from the Audubon Society, Google, Pinterest, and elsewhere show. Unfortunately, many employers have reacted with retaliatory firings. The story of AI Ethicist Timnit Gebru at […]

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New York Judicial Committee Issues Report and Recommendations on Gender Equity in State Court

Posted December 11th, 2020 by Carolin Guentert and Lucy Zhou in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

In November 2020, the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts released its 2020 Gender Survey, detailing the treatment of women attorneys, litigants, and court employees in the state court system. While the study found that the treatment of women has improved markedly in the last few decades, it also found that […]

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D.C. Council Moves to Strengthen the District’s False Claims Act

Posted December 4th, 2020 by Rob Van Someren Greve in Whistleblower Law.

On December 1, 2020, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the False Claims Amendment Act of 2020, B23-0035 (the “Amendment”).[1] The Amendment extends the reach of D.C.’s existing False Claims Act to also cover tax fraud—a type of fraud that was previously excluded. This change means that whistleblowers will become able bring a […]

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