Kevin Connelly

Kevin Connelly

DLA Piper

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$185 million punitive damages for pregnancy discrimination: what led to the largest single-plaintiff employment award?

Rosario Juarez worked at AutoZone but now can buy 1 percent of its total market capitalization. Juarez began as a retail salesperson in San Diego in 2000. She was promoted to Parts Sales Manager but was unsuccessful in...more

12/4/2014 - Adverse Employment Action AutoZone Compensatory Damages Corporate Counsel Discrimination PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Punitive Damages Retailers Retaliation

Social Media Policies in the Workplace

Social media usage is now ubiquitous: - Facebook users spend more than 10.5 billion minutes per day on the website. - LinkedIn has more than 277 million members in over 200 countries and territories. - Twitter...more

8/19/2014 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues Retaliation Social Media Social Media Policy

Employee Handbooks (1971 – 2014): R.I.P.

It is time to inter handbooks. Yours is undoubtedly an unfair labor practice waiting to happen: if not your social media policy, then your at-will disclaimer; if not those, then your off-duty access rule or your arbitration...more

2/5/2014 - Compliance EEO EEOC Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues ERISA

Your Greatest Risk: Retaliation Claims

Let’s start with the statistics. Last year, there were 99,412 EEOC charges filed; 37,836 of them – more than one out of every three – asserted retaliation. Put differently, more charges of retaliation were filed than any...more

7/10/2013 - Compliance Discrimination Employee Rights Harassment Hiring & Firing Hostile Environment Retaliation SCOTUS Sexual Harassment Termination UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar Whistleblowers

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