Whistleblowers are often wrongly portrayed as disgruntled, underhanded troublemakers lurking in the dark in attempts to wreak havoc on employers or the government for their own personal financial gain and/or notoriety. This cartoonish characterization is not just laughable to those of us who regularly represent whistleblowing employees but both severely undermines the important role played by whistleblowers in our society and completely ignores the ostracism, retaliation, and economic as well as emotional tolls suffered by whistleblowing employees. [Read more…]
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Despite the existence of federal and state laws that protect employees from discrimination on the basis of age, a high percentage of the individuals who call our office every day do so because of age discrimination. [Read more…]
Earlier this month, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes alleging that he sexually harassed her and that her employment was terminated because she refused to have sex with him.
Since the suit was filed several other female employees, including superstar anchor Megyn Kelly, have allegedly corroborated claims of Ailes’ sexual harassment. After twenty years of running Fox News, Ailes resigned last week seemingly under pressure from the network’s owners to do so.
While this case is attracting a lot of attention because of the high-profile people involved, it underscores some issues that are common in sexual harassment claims. [Read more…]
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Bojangles Restaurants, Inc. for creating a hostile work environment for a transgender employee. The alleged incidents took place at the Fayetteville branch of the restaurant. [Read more…]
According to a recent survey by UCLA’s Williams Institute, the four percent of the U.S. workforce that identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) continues to confront pervasive discrimination in the workplace, despite the fact that sexual orientation and gender self-perception have absolutely no effect on job performance. [Read more…]
Looking to get into a new line of work or just make some extra money? The ride-sharing service Uber touts that a career with them is all you need. Unfortunately, the company has been named as a defendant in a number of lawsuits across the country alleging violations of wage and hour laws. [Read more…]
Court Says a Six-Month Time Limit on Lawsuits is Unfair
Do you know how much time you have to bring a lawsuit if your employer discriminates against you? The New Jersey Supreme Court just decided an important case addressing this very question. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, a New Jersey employment law case that sounded more like a soap opera than a dispute between a high-level executive and a multi-million-dollar corporation came to a close. Love triangles! Revenge! Money! This case had it all. [Read more…]
The United States Department of Labor recently announced highly-anticipated changes to the white-collar exemptions from the overtime compensation requirement under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act that will allow administrative, executive, and professional employees who previously did not qualify for overtime pay to claim a time-and-a-half premium for hours worked over 40 in a week. [Read more…]
Can your employer penalize you for religious noncompliance?
A Catholic woman, who was recently fired from her job, is suing the bottled water company that employed her, claiming she was discriminated against when she was pressured and harassed, denied pay raises, and eventually wrongfully terminated because she refused to accept Scientology as her religion. [Read more…]