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Court Orders Government to Collect Data That May Shed Light on Pay Discrimination

Posted March 11th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

The devil is in the details. In this case, the details are pay data collected by the United States government in an attempt to quantify, if possible, gender or racial discrepancies in pay. With this in mind, during the Obama administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decided to improve the quality of the pay […]

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Sexual Harassment is a Form of Illegal Housing Discrimination

Posted March 4th, 2019 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The Federal Fair Housing Act, along with many state and local laws, prohibits gender discrimination in housing, including sexual harassment. It is illegal for landlords, property managers, real estate agents, and maintenance staff to demand sexual favors in exchange for access to housing or repairs. They also cannot create a hostile environment for tenants based […]

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Third Parties That Help Others Defraud the Government Are Subject to False Claims Act Liability Too

Posted March 2nd, 2019 by in Whistleblower Law.

If you work for a consultant, vendor, accountant, or other third party that you suspect may be helping another company to defraud the government, you may have a viable whistleblower case. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to prosecute third parties that help companies doing business with the government to commit […]

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HHS Proposes Rule That Subjects Rebate System to Anti-Kickback Liability

Posted February 19th, 2019 by in Whistleblower Law.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposal to amend the Anti-Kickback Statute to expressly exclude from safe harbor protections rebates on prescription drugs paid by manufacturers to pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), Part D plans, and Medicaid-managed care organizations.[1]  This proposal, if finalized, will alter the incentive structure for PBMs, benefiting consumers […]

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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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Can I Still Bring a Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, or Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against My School or University?

Posted February 15th, 2019 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The #MeToo Movement continues to call attention to victims of sexual violence and discrimination. A chorus of survivors’ voices grows. More and more survivors are filing sex discrimination lawsuits to vindicate their rights in court and hold accountable both the perpetrators who harmed them and the institutions that failed to protect them. Often it is […]

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Secretary DeVos’ Proposal on Sexual Assault Draws Wave of Personal Attacks

Posted February 8th, 2019 by in Criminal/Sexual Violence.

Not long after she was sworn in, Secretary DeVos met with campus sexual survivors and advocates and promised any action she took on Title IX would respect their viewpoint. That was a lie. Secretary DeVos’ proposed regulations overwhelmingly reflect the view of institutions seeking to limit liability at survivors’ expense, in four key ways. First, […]

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Seventh Circuit Deprives Older Job Seekers of One Way to Challenge Age Discrimination

Posted February 5th, 2019 by in Age Discrimination.

Discrimination against older employees and job seekers is and remains pervasive. For example, a 2017 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that older applicants have call-back rates that are thirty to forty-seven percent lower than those of their younger counterparts. The study further found that the difference is most pronounced for […]

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Is it a Hostile Work Environment or Evidence of Other Workplace Discrimination?

Posted January 22nd, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

Although many employees describe what they face at work as a “hostile work environment,” frequently what they are experiencing or observing is evidence of another type of workplace discrimination. It is therefore important for employees who believe they are experiencing discrimination in the workplace—and the lawyers who represent them—to look closely and carefully at all […]

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Justice Delayed: The Federal Shutdown’s Effect on Employment Discrimination

Posted January 14th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

The longest federal shutdown in U.S. history is having devastating effects, placing hundreds of thousands of federal workers in economic peril and potentially crippling the delivery of basic services for Native American tribes. It has also shut down the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), delaying Americans from receiving justice where their employers have illegally […]

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