Brian J. Kurtz

Brian J. Kurtz


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Don’t matter if you’re black or white

Somewhere between outrage, bewilderment, and comedy falls the news that a U.K. production company has cast very very very white actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a short film about a...more

2/18/2016 - Age Discrimination Act Hiring & Firing Movies Race Discrimination

Age, sex, and sports media

Sports reporter Colleen Dominguez is 54 years old and has enjoyed a successful career in sports journalism including a lengthy stint at ESPN. Dominguez recently jumped to Fox Sports 1 and believes her age and gender are the...more

12/28/2015 - Age Discrimination EEOC Entertainment Industry Hiring & Firing Sex Discrimination

Tricks and Treats and Trial Briefs

Remember NBC’s The Office? I think some lawyers used to blog about it. Anyhow, one of my favorite episodes was “Costume Contest” where the Scranton employees threw a Halloween party at the branch office. The costumes in...more

10/27/2015 - Anti-Harassment Policies Employment Policies Holiday Parties Title VII Workplace Attire

Employment is short. Don’t have an affair

Imagine a guy, a married guy, more specifically an unhappily married guy, and even more specifically an unhappily married guy lacking a moral compass. The guy creates a discrete (ha!) profile on, a dating...more

9/10/2015 - Adultery Ashley Madison Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Data Breach Data Mining Dating Services Gender Discrimination Hackers Marriage Personally Identifiable Information Religious Institutions Spouses Websites Wrongful Termination

Organized Labor’s International Strategy To Solve Its Domestic Crisis: A look at how American labor unions are reaching out to...

Another major factor contributing to organized labor’s decline in the U.S. is the global economy. Asthe market for goods and services transitioned from domestic to global, U.S. companies faced downward pressure on labor costs...more

2/11/2015 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry DaimlerChrysler Germany Global Economy SEIU UAW UK Union Elections Unions Volkswagen


Litigation Value: Bless your heart if you’re still keeping track at this point. This blog has always focused on bad behavior. We tease out employment law issues by writing about the characters who do things in the...more

5/17/2013 - Workplace Hazards

Stanley Knievel

Litigation value: Stanley can sue Dwight blind for his bull dart assault. This is an employment law blog. So when tonight’s episode opened, and I saw that Dwight had shut down the building’s elevator for repair, leaving...more

4/12/2013 - ADA Building Standards Elevators Workplace Hazards Workplace Violence

It’s, Like, Dishonest

Litigation Value: Dunder Mifflin faces potential FTC sanctions for Erin and Pete’s fake “like” marketing campaign on Facebook....more

3/8/2013 - Facebook FTC Marketing

Draw Me A Butt

Litigation Value: Frank can collect from Pam and Dwight the cost of cleaning paint off his truck....more


Cheer Or Fear

My colleague, Doug Hall, wrote about the “Dwight Christmas” episode three weeks ago when it first aired. I agree with him that employers need to be careful with their holiday social events to minimize potential liability. ...more

12/28/2012 - Holiday Parties Social Host Liability

Public University Lawfully Terminated HR Vice President Who Published Op-Ed Insensitive To Homosexuals

The University of Toledo terminated an Associate Vice President for Human Resources after she wrote an op-ed column arguing that homosexuals could choose their sexual orientation and thus were not entitled to the same...more

12/19/2012 - Appeals Free Speech Retaliation Termination University Employees

Legal Alert: NLRB Judge Rules That Threatening Posts on Union's Facebook Page Are Not Union's Responsibility

Citing the Communications Decency Act, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge held that a union that maintained a Facebook page did not have a duty to disavow threatening comments posted by union...more

12/5/2012 - Communications Decency Act Facebook NLRB Unions

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