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When Do the Civil Claims of Sexual Abuse Victims in Maryland Expire Under State Law?

Posted July 31st, 2018 by in Civil Litigation.

The #MeToo Movement has helped draw attention to abuse victims’ right to pursue civil claims against the perpetrators who abused them and the institutions (e.g., churches, child care centers, schools, universities, colleges, teams, and programs) who failed to protect them from being abused. The voices of survivors are growing. Still, abuse victims have not yet […]

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Can You Be Fired For Your Political Beliefs?

Posted July 23rd, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

In today’s political climate, we have all seen how heated political debates can get. A perfectly pleasant Thanksgiving dinner with family can instantly turn hostile once the topic of politics comes up. But what happens when that political fervor carries over into the workplace? Can a private sector employee be fired for his or her […]

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Attention Minimum Wage Workers: Look to Your State Laws

Posted July 20th, 2018 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

By law, employees in the United States must be paid a base minimum for their work performed.  However, this protection varies widely depending on the state in which the employees are working. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the baseline protection for employees.  Regardless of state, employers generally must pay their employees at […]

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New York Prohibits Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims

The #MeToo movement has shined an unflattering light on employer-mandated arbitration agreements, which commonly prevent victims of sexual harassment from speaking publicly about their experiences. Mandatory and confidential arbitration has the effect of forcing women into silence, while allowing perpetrators to continue to harass and assault other employees.  With the rise of the #MeToo movement, […]

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Uncle Sam Needs You to Be a Whistleblower: A Simple Primer on the Federal and State False Claims Acts

Posted July 2nd, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

What is a Whistleblower? A Whistleblower is a person who informs the federal and/or state government about illegal and fraudulent behavior that causes the government to pay money to an individual or business that is not entitled to receive those government funds. For assisting the government in uncovering fraud, the Whistleblower receives between 15% to […]

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Strong Whistleblower Protections for CA State Employees Encourage Reporting of Government Waste, Incompetency, and Inefficiency

Posted June 19th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

If you are one of the nearly quarter-million people employed by the State of California, you should feel safe reporting any improper or illegal activity that you see around you. These protections are found in a law called the California Whistleblower Protection Act (CWPA), and they apply to anyone working for the state government or […]

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What Legal Protections Do Employees Have Against Retaliation?

Posted June 12th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

Retaliation is generally understood as punishment for taking an action or making a statement. Employees often are aware that they have some protections against retaliation by their employers, but are not clear on what protections the law provides. The short answer is that the law generally protects employees from retaliation only for conduct or activities […]

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New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act is One of the Strongest Equal Pay Laws in the Country

Posted April 30th, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act takes effect on July 1, 2018, giving New Jersey one of the strongest equal pay laws in the country and permitting plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases to recover substantial damages. The Act is not limited to gender, but protects all employees from pay discrimination based on that individual’s […]

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California Supreme Court Expands Colleges’ Duty to Protect Students

Posted April 27th, 2018 by in Civil Litigation.

On March 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of California reversed its previous position and held that “universities have a special relationship with their students and a duty to protect them from foreseeable violence during curricular activities.” The Facts of the Case In Regents of the University of California v. Rosen, a student at UCLA, Katherine […]

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DOJ Has Released Its FY2017 “Fraud Statistics”: What the numbers tell us (and a few things they don’t reveal)

Posted January 5th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

About two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing more than $3.7 billion in settlements and judgments during fiscal year 2017[1] from civil cases brought under the False Claims Act – a federal law that rewards whistleblowers (called “relators”) who recover stolen taxpayer dollars from fraudsters.  The government’s press release […]

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