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  • Employees Are Not Barred from Bringing Discrimination Suits Against Employers for Failing to Properly File A Charge with the EEOC

    For years, courts have been split on whether they could hear an employee’s discrimination claim if the employee failed to properly file a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”). The Supreme Court of the United States recently settled this debate. In Fort Bend County v. Davis, the Supreme Court held that […]

    Harvard’s First African-American Faculty Dean Let Go Amid Harvey Weinstein Controversy

    Following months of protest and inquiry, Harvard University announced that it will not renew the appointments of Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., a high-profile defense lawyer who had joined Harvey Weinstein’s legal team, and Stephanie R. Robinson, Sullivan’s wife, as faculty deans of Winthrop House, an undergraduate residential college. The couple – Harvard’s first African-American faculty […]

    New Rules for Complex Construction Litigation in New Jersey

    On September 1, 2018, New Jersey’s Complex Business Litigation Program (“CBLP”) officially took effect and an entire new set of procedural rules designed to streamline case management, Discovery, and motion practice in complex construction cases became operative. These rules, which are found in a new Chapter XI within Part IV of the New Jersey Rules […]

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Title IX Regulations

    On November 16, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released sweeping new regulations that could substantially alter how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual misconduct. This action comes in the wake of DeVos’ 2017 revocation of Title IX guidance issued under the Obama administration, which had called for greater enforcement of Title IX, […]

    Construction Litigation Group Secures Summary Judgment on Major New York Construction Lawsuit

    The Construction Litigation Group has secured a complete dismissal of a New York Labor Law personal injury suit where the injured Plaintiff claimed 5 surgeries, over $3 million in lost wages and a total damages claim including pain and suffering of over $6 million dollars.  The suit was brought by an iron worker Plaintiff represented […]

    Starbucks and its Changing Policies Regarding Mandatory Training and Bathroom Usage

    On May 29, 2018, Starbucks closed 8,000 company-owned stores within the United States for one afternoon to provide mandated racial bias training to its 175,000 employees. The decision to provide racial bias training came forth after a manager of Starbucks called the police when seeing two black enter their Starbucks located in downtown Philadelphia without […]

    What is the PAID Program? How Can it Affect Employers? Resolution or Trap?

    On March 6, 2018, the U.S Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a nationwide pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program. PAID allows employers to self-assess potential wage and hour underpayments under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while helping to protect themselves against litigation threats from the Department of labor […]

    EEOC Sues Nursing Center for Pregnancy Discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against Century Care of Laurinburg, Inc., doing business as Scottish Pines Rehabilitation & Nursing Center (“Scottish Pines”) for sex discrimination alleging that the center failed to accommodate two pregnant nursing assistants. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, in November 2014, Mary Jacobs, was placed on unpaid […]

    Former Yale Student Found Not Guilty in Rape Trial

    A New Haven, Connecticut jury recently found a former Yale University student not guilty of raping his classmate. This much publicized case is among the small percentage of campus sexual misconduct cases that have actually made it to trial. In 2015, Yale University student, referred to as Jane Doe, accused Saifullah Khan of raping her […]

    When Must an Employer Compensate its Employees for Time Spent Donning and Doffing?

    Donning and doffing refers to changing into and out of work clothes, gear, or equipment. To don means to put on work clothes, gear, or equipment. To doff means to take off work clothes, gear, or equipment. While both federal and state laws require that employers compensate employees for all “work” performed, both federal and state […]