As a plaintiff’s employment lawyer who represents women in sexual harassment and retaliation cases, I read this recent NY Times story about how women should respond to workplace sexual harassment with great interest. It’s a well-crafted piece, offering straightforward, bottom-line practical advice, which is much needed right now. Readers may especially welcome the advice on […]
When people who have recently been fired or laid off tell me about the experience, they sometimes mention that they’ve done something that, from a legal or practical perspective, I wish they hadn’t. That’s perfectly understandable. They’re not HR experts. And even if they had known how to better respond to getting fired or laid […]
Last week, immigration law firm Accel Visa Attorneys published a guest post by Mark on its Visa Pit Stop blog: 5 Things Every Foreign Worker Must Consider Before Changing Jobs. Read it here.
Bloomberg has published some interim results of Uber’s ongoing internal investigation into harassment, retaliation, and discrimination issues at the company, and they make for interesting reading. Information like this doesn’t often become public. Most companies try to keep details of these kinds of internal investigation confidential, for a range of reasons: to minimize embarrassment for […]
I have a contract, but it’s not a commitment in the ordinary sense. It’s our ongoing conversation. — Diane Sawyer I have a fun clause in my contract. If I’m not having fun, I can leave. — James Burrows I’m an employment lawyer, and I mostly represent employees in California. Lots of employment-related contracts with non-compete agreements in them […]
As an employment lawyer, I get a lot of visibility into how employers treat their workers during tougher times. When employees or their families get suddenly injured or become seriously ill, when personal issues or physical or mental health issues hamper an employee’s performance, when declining profits lead to downsizing, when employees can’t produce the […]
Could taking part in A Day Without a Woman activities hurt women at work? We’re feminists here, and we support speaking out, but we also want women to know what may happen when they do. *** Disclaimer: This post is informational only, and isn’t legal advice. If you want specific legal advice, please hire an employment […]
Many professional men will tell you that sex discrimination, and even sexual harassment, aren’t common in the workplace any more. Women know better. They also know that many of the men who deny it exists discriminate against women in subtle ways all the time, often without even recognizing it (implicit bias). Employment discrimination in the US, and […]
The Department of Labor is challenging Palantir Technologies’ in-house employee referral system — under which company employees recommend people they know for jobs at the company — as racially discriminatory. This sets a significant precedent, because in-house referral systems like these are quite common in Silicon Valley. The in-house employee referral idea makes sense from an HR perspective: talented […]
Surprised by the headline? Maybe you thought that this was already the law? Well, it’s not — especially for employment contracts signed by the many California employees who work for companies based out of state. But a new law just signed by Governor Brown will change that. As of January 2017, employers will not be able to […]
Your local bar is not Las Vegas: what happens there does not stay there. If co-workers could somehow be prevented from drinking large amounts of alcohol with their co-workers outside of the office (they can’t, by the way) employment lawyers and HR staff would be much less busy. Aside from legal issues, what happens at […]
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