News Year: 2020

The Oil and Gas Industry Still Hasn’t Reckoned with #MeToo

December 14th, 2020

Groping. Catcalling. Crude texts. We spoke to women in the oil industry who say they faced sexual harassment and were punished for speaking out. By Arya Sundaram With stunning precision, Sara Saidman, an oil field engineer, can still recall the moment that “set the tone for the rest of my employment at Schlumberger,” a Texas-based […]

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Schlumberger Can’t Trim Rig Workers’ $100M Sex Bias Case

December 11th, 2020

By Michael Angell Law360 (December 11, 2020, 9:49 PM EST) — A Texas federal judge has rejected Schlumberger’s bid to pare down a $100 million proposed class action from two female rig workers who said they endured sexual harassment and discrimination, saying the women had leveled “plausible” claims that deserved to stay in court. U.S. […]

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Beyond Implicit Bias: Litigating Race and Gender Employment Discrimination Using Data from the Workplace Experiences Survey

November 24th, 2020

By Joan C. Williams, Rachel M. Korn & Sky Mihaylo Volume 72, Issue 1, 337-464 This Article joins other voices in challenging what I will call the “implicit bias consensus” in employment discrimination law, first crystallized in the work of Susan Sturm and Linda Hamilton Krieger. The implicit bias consensus has two basic components. The […]

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4 Tips For Crafting An Airtight Parental Leave Policy

November 20th, 2020

By Amanda Ottaway Law360 (November 20, 2020, 6:25 PM EST) — Balancing federal, state and local leave requirements can be daunting for even the most sophisticated employers. And with a pandemic lingering and a new presidential administration looming, that’s as true now as ever. President-elect Joe Biden has expressed support for mandating paid family leave at […]

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Another Open Letter: Lawyer Suing Goldman Sachs Calls For End to Arbitration Requirements

November 12th, 2020

The former in-house attorney at Goldman Sachs has alleged that she was fired for trying to provide information to internal investigators in an investigation of the legal department. By Dan Clark A tug-of-war over where to litigate a former Goldman Sachs in-house lawyer’s lawsuit against the company has become another instance of lawyers calling for […]

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Ex-MoFo Attys Blast Firm’s Bid To End Maternity Bias Claims

November 10th, 2020

By Emily Lever Law360 (November 10, 2020, 7:00 PM EST) — Two former Morrison & Foerster LLP lawyers who claim they faced hostility for taking advantage of the company’s maternity leave policy hit back in California federal court at the firm’s claims they had not advanced because their performance was lacking. In two heavily redacted […]

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Ex-MoFo associates push to keep bias claims alive in ‘mommy track’ lawsuit

November 10th, 2020

(Reuters) – Two former Morrison & Foerster associates who accuse the firm of discriminating against pregnant women and mothers are doubling down on their claims as a judge weighs whether to toss their lawsuit. In separate opposition motions filed in San Francisco federal court on Monday, plaintiffs Sherry William and Joshua Ashley Klayman reiterated allegations […]

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MoFo Women Lawyers Push Back on Firm’s Bid to Nix Sex Bias Suit

November 10th, 2020

Say jury should hear pregnancy, other sex bias claims Say maternity leaves, retaliation derailed MoFo careers Two female attorneys suing Morrison & Foerster LLP for caregiver, pregnancy, and other alleged sex bias and retaliation told a federal judge in San Francisco that their allegations are trial-worthy and should be heard by a jury. Sherry William […]

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The American Lawyer Industry Awards Finalists Are Announced

November 2nd, 2020

The winners will be selected at our annual awards gala, which will be held virtually on January 14. By Gina Passarella Cipriani The 2019 ALM Industry Awards at The Roosevelt in New York City. Credit: Jack McCoy. Times of uncertainty are often when the legal industry is needed most, and 2020 put that on full […]

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The Many Ways Private Employee Speech Is Protected

October 30th, 2020

Click here to download article By Andrew Melzer and Whittney Barth Law360 (October 30, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT) — While it is true that the First Amendment ordinarily does not apply to private actors,[1] this does not mean that employers have free rein to curtail employee speech; in many instances, they do not. Employers need […]

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Case Law Likely Undercuts DOL’s Microsoft Diversity Probe

October 15th, 2020

By Conor Ahern Law360 (October 15, 2020, 1:09 PM EDT) — In June, amid continuing national conversations about race and racism in the U.S., Microsoft Corp. announced that it was launching a diversity initiative to promote more Black employees to manager- and executive-level positions over the next five years. Presumably, Microsoft seeks to increase diversity in […]

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Benchmark Litigation Reviews – Sanford Heisler Sharp

October 15th, 2020

Labor and employment Sanford Heisler Sharp is a trusted plaintiff firm that is recognized for representing employees in individual matters and class actions related to employment and gender discrimination, wage and hour violations, complex civil litigation, criminal/sexual violence litigation, ERISA litigation, and governmental fraud recovery. The firm, founded in 2004 and home to offices scattered […]

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Whether Employees Can Be Fired for Participating in Peaceful Protests

October 14th, 2020

by Andrew Melzera & Whittney Barthb Protestors across the country have poured into the streets in the days and weeks following the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, among others.1 These tragic deaths are but the latest chapter in the long struggle for racial justice and systemic reform in […]

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In BigLaw Gender Bias Suits, Anonymity Is Fleeting

September 29th, 2020

By Brandon Lowrey Law360 (September 28, 2020, 7:41 PM EDT) — For attorneys filing gender bias lawsuits against their law firms, a difficult and almost inevitable decision awaits: Put your name on the lawsuit and invite personal and professional scrutiny, or abandon your claims. That crossroads has confounded scores of litigants over the years — […]

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Massive Home Depot 401(k) Class Action Gets Green Light

September 22nd, 2020

By Max Kutner Law360 (September 22, 2020, 6:32 PM EDT) — The Home Depot Inc. must face a $140 million class action brought in Georgia federal court on behalf of hundreds of thousands of current and former employees who claim the company enlisted 401(k) adviser firms that charged exorbitant fees and botched their investments. On […]

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