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Can A Fired Employee be a Whistleblower in a False Claims Act Case?

Posted April 28th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

The answer to the question is YES.  A fired employee may be a whistleblower and file a Federal and/or State False Claims Act case. By doing so, the employee would play a key role in assisting the government in uncovering fraud and prosecuting companies who commit fraud. The employee may also be able to receive […]

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New Laws Prohibit Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Their Salary Histories

Posted April 26th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

In the past year, lawmakers in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, New York City, and Philadelphia have passed “salary history laws.” These new laws make it illegal for employers to ask job applicants about their current salaries or the salaries they earned at previous jobs. To put it simply, these laws take your salary history off the […]

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Join the Experts for a Conversation About the Gender Pay Gap

Posted April 19th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Earlier this month, on April 4, we commemorated Equal Pay Day.  Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into this year women must work in order to earn what men earned in the previous year.  You read that right – we are already in the second quarter of 2017 and we’ve just caught up to what […]

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Tell-Tale Signs of Independent Contractor Misclassification

Posted April 17th, 2017 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Uber. Lyft. Instacart. Caviar. Homejoy. It seems hardly a month passes without news about a lawsuit alleging that these on-demand gig-economy services are ripping off their workers.  Uber and Lyft alone have been sued in dozens of lawsuits alleging that they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors.  Some drivers who sued Uber reached a class […]

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Should Blowing the Whistle on Tax Fraud Be Treated Differently?

Posted April 14th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

Tax Day 2017 is fast-approaching, and of course, we are once again reminded that nothing in life is certain, except death and taxes . . . and tax fraud.  The tax fraud problem is so pervasive that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes an annual “dirty dozen” list of the most pervasive tax scams.  This […]

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Pumping on the Job -The Rights of Breastfeeding Employees

Breastfeeding employees frequently encounter barriers in the workplace that impede their ability to pump on the job. Horror stories abound of women who are denied a clean, private space to pump or who are shamed and penalized for pumping at work. Thanks to the advent of federal and state legislation and an emerging body of […]

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People with Criminal Records “Need Not Apply”: Criminal Background Checks and Race Discrimination

Posted April 7th, 2017 by in Race Discrimination.

More than 90% of employers rely on criminal background checks to make hiring decisions, but this common practice raises numerous concerns.  First, there are practical issues about whether background checks actually provide employers with meaningful information.  For example, recent research indicates that after a certain amount of time, individuals who have committed a crime are […]

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Being PIPed?! Dos and Don’ts

Posted April 5th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Click here to read the Chinese version of this post “At-will employment” is the predominant employment relationships in the United States. Under at-will employment, an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, except an illegal one (i.e. discrimination, retaliation, etc.), or for no reason. However, in order to minimize the possibility […]

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Investment Fraud – Traps for the Unwary

Financial matters can be bewildering. Stockbrokers are supposed to help simplify the complexities and steer us in the right direction. But sometimes, stockbrokers care more about earning commissions than they do your well-being. It results in customers being stuck with dismal investments. Customers who complain are met with vigorous denials often supported by reams of […]

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Gender Discrimination? Because Makeup Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Before I go to work every morning, I engage in a ritual that my husband has never needed to.  As the New York Times reports, this ritual is can make women appear confident, capable, reliable, or likable in the workplace, and can even lead to a higher salary when compared to other women.  What is […]

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