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Wonder Woman and the fight against unconscious bias

by FordHarrison on

Not only has the recently released Wonder Woman movie garnered mainly favorable reviews, but it has been highly successful at the box office, having made more than $200 million domestically in its first two weeks of release...more

10-step plan for fair and balanced approach to preventing workplace harassment

by FordHarrison on

In less than a year, Fox News has lost its founder and one of its most well-known anchors due to widespread sexual harassment allegations. Fox News recently reported that 20th Century Fox paid $10 million in sexual harassment...more

Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

by FordHarrison on

Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts...more

Fox News & Bill O’Reilly – Best Practices for Conducting Internal Workplace Investigations

by FordHarrison on

Bill O’Reilly’s reign as a Fox News favorite came to an abrupt end amid a series of allegations of sexual harassment against him. After the most recent allegations, Fox News hired large law firm, Paul Weiss, to conduct its...more

Will and Grace Reunited

by FordHarrison on

Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January,...more

2017 Proposed State Legislation

by Payne & Fears on

A number of bills currently before the Nevada Legislature will affect employers if signed into law. The following summarizes these bills as they have been introduced....more

Actors’ Ages to Remain Available Online (At Least for Now)

A federal court has granted IMDb’s request for a preliminary injunction to allow the entertainment website to keep actors’ ages in their online profiles – despite the enactment of a statute in California prohibiting same....more

Twins for Clooneys! How to manage pregnant employees who aren’t gazillionaire celebs

by FordHarrison on

A-list celebrity George Clooney, long considered Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, surprised the world when he married international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin back in 2014 after decades of assuring journalists,...more

Cheerleaders Slam NFL with Suit

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Just before the Big Game, a former cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers “Gold Rush Girls” filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league conspired to keep the female athletes’ pay below market value....more

Human Rights and Global Supply Chains

Fashion retailers need to be vigilant to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chains whilst complying with their legal obligations. The UK’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is investigating human...more

25 Is the New 40: California’s AB-1687

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

“It is time to stop the ageism that permeates Hollywood’s casting process,” wrote SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. On September 24, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown took a controversial step toward achieving such...more

Terminated Disney Employees Allege that Outsourcing Work to Indian Workers Discriminated against American Workers

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Disney continues to face legal repercussions from the company’s 2014/15 layoffs of numerous American IT workers, and the outsourcing of their functions to two Indian companies employing H-1B workers. On Monday, Dec. 12th,...more

Baseball purists

by FordHarrison on

This post may not be the usual finger-wagging scold you may have come to expect from an employment lawyer. I’m confident, though, that this blog’s audience of fellow practitioners and human resource professionals will take a...more

Mila Kunis’ open letter on gender bias at work

by FordHarrison on

Many people know actor Mila Kunis for her role in the TV series “That ’70s Show” and her film roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the drama Black Swan. Kunis has recently been in the headlines for her open letter on sexism...more

Employers haunted by Halloween

by FordHarrison on

Happy Halloween! We hope you are getting only treats today and no tricks. But in keeping with the holiday spirit, today’s post highlights some unintended tricks employers may face from Halloween. ...more

Greektown Casino Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Employer Failed to Grant Leave Extension for Employee With Stress-Anxiety Disorder And Fired Him Instead, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - A Detroit casino operator violated federal law by denying a reasonable...more

NASCAR’s racing to defend race discrimination lawsuit—is your company ready?

by FordHarrison on

Earlier this week, news broke that NASCAR is being sued for alleged racial discrimination. NASCAR insists the case has no merit, but only time will tell the outcome. When the rubber meets the road, will your business be ready...more

From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

by FordHarrison on

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present....more

EEOC Sues Owners of Happy Jack’s Casino For Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says Owners Rejected Applicant Because She Took Prescription Drugs For Her Medical Condition - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - M.G. Oil Company, which operates Happy Jack's Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota,...more

Athletics Leadership and LGBTQ: Suggested Best Practices and Guiding Principles

Until recently, all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (“LGBTQ”) student-athletes, collegiate coaches, and administrators were expected to keep their sexual orientation or non-conforming gender identity...more

Hope Solo: too little, too late?

by FordHarrison on

Hope Solo’s derogatory comments about Sweden’s national women’s soccer team have earned her a six-month ban from U.S. Soccer and the termination of her contract. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati released a statement this...more

Headline news: Policies, procedures essential tools in fight against sexual harassment

by FordHarrison on

Last week, former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson slapped Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes made...more

May 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

TELECOM SALES AND MARKETING AGENTS GAIN CERTIFICATION IN IC MISCLASSIFICATION CLASS ACTION. A New York federal district court grants conditional certification of a proposed FLSA nationwide collective action brought against...more

Transgender Video Game Industry Employee Converted to Independent Contractor Status Raises Misclassification and Discrimination...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A prominent Washington State video game company, Valve Corporation, creator of Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Left 4 Dead, has been sued by a former employee it converted into an independent contractor as an accommodation to...more

No bluff: Wright demands equal pay on House of Cards

by FordHarrison on

Actress Robin Wright, who plays the formidable Claire Underwood on House of Cards, is the latest in the entertainment world to speak out on equal pay. According to a recent interview, Wright demanded equal pay after...more

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