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Being Discriminated against at Work? Don’t Wait to Complain

You’ve worked hard for your career, perhaps spending years obtaining advanced degrees and climbing the corporate or government ladder of success. However, even though you’ve arrived at a respectable position, you might still feel as though you are being treated differently from your peers in the workplace. Is it possible you are suffering from workplace […]

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Four Sticky Nonprofit Management Situations that can be Easily Addressed by a Lawyer

As the executive director of a nonprofit, you wear many hats. These hats likely include master vision-caster, chief fundraiser, partnership builder, board liaison, and staff dispute-resolution guru. With all your responsibilities and in the interest of efficiency, it may be tempting to add legal compliance officer to the list. However, best practices strongly recommend against […]

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Security Clearance in Danger? Use these 5 Mitigating Factors to Lessen the Damage

  For many Federal employees and contractors, a security clearance is a vital part of the job. It’s no secret that security clearances are valuable and can be revoked. Although most people are not in the high profile positions of individuals like John Brennan, who recently had his security clearance revoked, that doesn’t mean you […]

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Facebook Posting Leads to Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege.

Most clients understand that communications with their attorneys is confidential and privileged, and generally not subject to discovery by opposing counsel. The privilege however is not absolute and it can be waived. And one way for a client to waive privilege is to have the communication in the presence of a third party, who is […]

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FLSA Non-Compliance Can Lead to Criminal Penalties Against the Employer

If an employer thinks all that a wage and hour violations lead to is simply a monetary fine, think again. In April 2014,  U.S. Federal Prosecutors  indicted Republican Congressmen Michael Grimm from Staten Island, for violations of wage and hour-related tax laws, and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (the “IRCA”), related to a […]

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Vettel Crowned World Champion

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest Formula 1 quadruple champion by winning the Indian Grand Prix on 27th October and opening up an unassailable lead over Fernando Alonso. Better luck to Ferrari next year I guess! 

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Employer’s Hacking of Employee’s Email Account Is a Privacy Violation

The plaintiff an administrative assistant to the Athletic Director of a public school district in Tulsa, Oklahoma, alleged that she had reported the Director and two Assistant Directors as misappropriating funds.  Shortly after she made these reports, she was terminated. She grieved her termination. During the grievance process, the plaintiff was contacted by the cyber-crimes […]

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Employee Personal Emails Subject to Discovery When Used for Conducting Employer Business

In a recent case from Puerto Rico, a court found that an employer will have to produce employees’ emails from personal email accounts, where such emails were used to conduct business.  At a time when many employers are encouraging employees to bring their own electronic devices to work, use of these devices for business matters, […]

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FMLA Retaliation Can Be Found Even If An Employee is Not Covered Under the FMLA on the Grounds of Equitable Estoppel.

In Dawkins v. Fulton County Gov’t, (11th Cir. Sept. 30, 2013), an employee sought to bring a claim of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation based on a manager’s one word response of “Approved” to an e-mail requesting both emergency and FMLA leave, even though she did not comply with the employer’s medical certification requirements.  How […]

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Interns Who Worked on “Black Swan” Are Employees & Entitled to Wages

Judge William H. Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, ruled that unpaid interns who worked on the Grammy award winning movie “Black Swan” are employees entitled to the wage-hour protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL). Ruling for interns Eric Glatt […]

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