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Whistleblowers Help Both the Federal and State Governments Combat Fraud

Posted July 19th, 2019 by in Whistleblower Law.

The Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq., is probably the best-known whistleblower statute, allowing private plaintiffs to bring suit on behalf of the Government in a qui tam suit. The federal Government also provides other, less well-known avenues for whistleblowers to shed light on corporate wrongdoing in return for a […]

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Age Discrimination Causes Substantial Damage to Older Workers’ Careers and Health

Posted June 21st, 2019 by in Age Discrimination.

Several recent studies demonstrate that age discrimination is pervasive in American workplaces, which is causing extensive damage to the health and careers of older workers.  According to a 2018 AARP survey, about three in five older workers have either seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace, and more than nine in ten older workers […]

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Recent Development: Kentucky Becomes 25th State to Protect Pregnant Employees at Work

Posted May 10th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

If you live in Kentucky and are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, you should be aware of new protections that may apply to you and your employer. Last month Kentucky passed the Pregnant Workers Act with bipartisan support, making it the 25th state to pass specific legislation to protect pregnant employees. Federal laws […]

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Confronting Age Discrimination in America

Posted April 23rd, 2019 by in Age Discrimination.

Americans are growing older. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the current median age for an American is 38, and it is expected to rise to 40 by 2030.[1] In other words, by 2030 the number of Americans who are 40 and above will equal the number of Americans who are younger than 40. At […]

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New Jersey Leads the Fight for Pay Equity

Posted April 12th, 2019 by in Employment Discrimination.

When it comes to workplace discrimination, your rights often depend on the state where you work.  That’s because states can pass laws that offer even stronger protections for employees than federal law.  Last year, New Jersey did just that when it passed what may be the broadest pay equity law in the nation, the Diane […]

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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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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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Broad Scope of Standing Available for California Employees in PAGA Suits

Posted January 12th, 2019 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

California’s Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”) has provided employees injured by their employer’s Labor Code violations with an opportunity to seek statutory penalties on behalf of him or herself and on behalf of other aggrieved employees.  This law famously allows an individual employee to stand in the shoes of the government agency that […]

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Unpaid Wages: Not a Trifling Matter

Posted December 11th, 2018 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

“The law does not concern itself with trifles.” It’s one of those statements that sounds both reasonable and definitive. Indeed, it’s an English translation of a Latin maxim that traces back hundreds of years – “de minimis non curat lex.” I was recently reflecting on this concept – sometimes called the “de minimis” doctrine – […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Appoints Panel at Request of Martinsville, VA to Consider Consolidation of Opioid Lawsuits in State Court

Posted December 10th, 2018 by in Civil Litigation.

On November 20, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court appointed a panel of three Circuit Court judges to consider the consolidation of lawsuits previously filed in Virginia state courts against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids. The panel was appointed in […]

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