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Employment Discrimination

Consequences for Speaking Up

Posted September 29th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

The Internet was abuzz with news of Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations—first, with chatter about her public stance on gender equality and then with threats of scandal and exposure in retaliation for her explicit embrace of “feminism.”  Watson, best known to much of the world as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, […]

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Executive Assistance for LGBT Employees Is Not Without Its Drawbacks

Posted August 19th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

Last month, President Obama signed an Executive Order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Order simply adds sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of characteristics—race, color, religion, sex, and national origin—already protected under an Executive Order signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, […]

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What I Wish I’d Known Earlier About Building a Career

Posted August 12th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

The fall season represents new beginnings.  For many graduate students, the fall season also marks the time when “on campus recruiting” or other events force a focus on what job the student is going to go to after graduation.  These events require eager students to identify the specific type of work they want to do, […]

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Uncomfortable Conversations

Posted August 8th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

In “Is there a legal case for work-life balance?” published last week in Fortune, Caroline Fairchild raises the theory that federal anti-discrimination laws may mandate that workplaces have work-life balance. As she correctly notes, U.S. employment laws prohibit company policies that disproportionately affect one group unless the policies have a “business necessity.”  For example, an […]

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False Perceptions, Meet Reality

Posted August 4th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

According to research by professors at Georgia Southern University, most undergrads do not believe that discrimination will affect their careers. Ninety percent of students surveyed did not believe that women would have fewer opportunities for networking or mentoring, and 75% believed that women would not face a pay disparity. This same research found that women […]

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Reasoning Beats Cussing: Or, Your Demographic is Not Your Destiny

Posted July 16th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

I’m a well-weathered veteran of the lawsuit wars, with nearly 35 years of experience under my fluctuating beltline. For most of my professional life, I’ve played David to Goliath. My clients are employees victimized by some of this country’s largest corporations. On behalf of these clients, and with some measure of success, I’ve sued corporate […]

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Forced Arbitration: Overriding Civil Rights

Posted July 4th, 2014 by in Employment Discrimination.

A few days ago, when Kate K wrote about Hobby Lobby, she also mentioned forced arbitration.  This is a cause I’m particularly passionate about.  My focus comes from seeing so many of my clients forced to make an impossible decision.  Whatever those that support forced arbitration may like to pretend, employees do not have equal bargaining power with their […]

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Unprotected: A Quick Guide to Your (Lack Of) Rights

I didn’t plan our launch this way at all. Originally, I planned to talk about how today is the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of Title VII. I wanted to write about how incredibly important Title VII has been to this country. I wanted to write about what it meant to have laws on the […]

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