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Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 6 of 11 – A Farewell to the BCS and Amateurism in College Athletics (At Least as You Knew...

The advent of a playoff system in Division I FBS college football is not the only new change in intercollegiate athletics. After the most active summer in the history of college sports, the following events will have a large...more

Former JSU Women’s Basketball Coach Receives Additional Award in Wrongful Termination Suit

In August, a judge awarded former Jackson State University (JSU) head coach, Denise Taylor, $200,000 in damages for “emotional pain and suffering” she endured during her employment. Taylor was the head women’s basketball...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2014

In This Issue: - Depressed Worker Does Not Qualify For Leave: Court Finds FMLA Requires A Period Of Incapacity - Homer Deakins Testifies Before NLRB: Discusses Controversial Changes To Representation Election...more

What Would You Do With Donald Sterling?

By now, you’ve probably heard of the audio recording of racist statements by L.A. Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling that has gone viral. Yesterday, the NBA commissioner announced that Sterling will be banned for life from the...more

Gimme A U-N-I-O-N!

Willa Bepayed is a standout attacker and a Senior on State Tech’s volleyball team. Willa read about Kan Doit, the Southeastern quarterback who’s leading the unionization drive before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)....more

Empowering the Bystander: Workplace Harassment and Bullying – Lessons from Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin

After reading the Ted Wells investigation report of the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin matter, I had several reactions. Most focused on Incognito’s reprehensible and vile bullying of Martin, primarily aided by his two...more

NFL Cheerleader Cries Foul Over Compensation

Standard contracts that sports franchises, such as the National Football League (NFL), use for independent contractors should be closely scrutinized in the wake of a newly filed class action lawsuit that is shining the...more

Free Speech and Ron Burgundy: Lessons from Hunter v. CBS

A man applies to be a weather anchor. The station instead hires “younger attractive females.” The man then sues the station, alleging discrimination....more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- December 19, 2013

Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. - California Court of Appeal reverses denial of CBS’s anti-SLAPP motion to strike plaintiff’s gender and age discrimination claims, finding that selection of weather anchors is...more

Boys Will Be Boys? Dolphins Face the Tough Question of Where Locker Room Behavior Ends and Workplace Harassment Begins

There is no crying in football, but is there harassment? The Miami Dolphins, a National Football League (NFL) franchise, faces this question in the wake of a highly-publicized bullying scandal involving the Dolphins’...more

But it’s our locker room: What is acceptable behavior in the sports workplace?

The first week in November was a particularly interesting period in the National Football League, especially as it applies to what is acceptable behavior between football teammates and in a professional locker...more

A Workplace Run Amok: Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins

For the past week, our national news has been filled with reports about the decision by Miami Dolphin football player Jonathan Martin to leave the team as a result of hazing and harassment to which he was subjected by...more

A Low or Mid-Level Employee Can Create A Privileged Communication, But Cannot Waive The Privilege Once Created

Hedden v. Kean University, A-4999-12T2, decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division on October 24, 2013, provides a tutorial on the ability of low to mid level employees to create privileged attorney-client communications,...more

EA Sports Enters Into Settlement Agreement With College Athletes

EA Sports Enters Into Settlement Agreement With College Athletes by Anthony Caruso on October 2, 2013 Video game producer Electronic Arts Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company have agreed to pay out roughly $40...more

Does California’s Paparazzi Law Violate First Amendment?

Does California’s Paparazzi Law Violate First Amendment? by Anthony Caruso on September 27, 2013 Many celebrities, athletes, and public figures are accustomed to being followed and photographed by the paparazzi, but...more

Madison Square Garden Lawsuit May Have Far-Reaching Implications For Sports Industry

Madison Square Garden Lawsuit May Have Far-Reaching Implications For Sports Industry by Anthony Caruso on September 25, 2013 Several entertainment companies have been hit with lawsuits lately from unpaid interns...more

Are Unpaid Internships Coming to an End?

Are Unpaid Internships Coming to an End? by Anthony Caruso on August 23, 2013 In what has raised more questions about the legality of unpaid internships, a lawsuit was recently filed against Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy...more

NCAA Racks Up More Circumstantial Evidence Against Johnny Manziel

NCAA Racks Up More Circumstantial Evidence Against Johnny Manziel by Anthony Caruso on August 16, 2013 Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel may be facing more heat from the NCAA for potentially profiting from autograph...more

Hit and Miss? Australian Cricket Coach Takes Swing at Adverse Action Claim

The coach of the Australian cricket team, Mickey Arthur, was dismissed a fortnight before the 2013 Ashes series commenced in England. Arthur had been appointed to the position in November 2011 for a term that was set to...more

Clearing the Hurdle of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Sports

He is a latter-day Jackie Robinson — he just happens to break down social barriers without a bat and glove....more

March Madness Taking Hold Of Sixth Circuit

March gets the blood flowing for all of us basketball fans, and it appears the Sixth Circuit is no different. Last week, while many of you were game-casting or locating the "hide" button on your Web browser, the Sixth Circuit...more

Great Taste, Less Filling: Revisiting The NFL’s Rooney Rule

The Rooney Rule was established to promote the hiring of minorities among the NFL’s head coaches and general managers. But with numbers at their lowest since the Rule’s inception ten years ago, is the Rooney Rule working?...more

Magic Turkey Lawsuits

There is a lot to be thankful for in Los Angeles this Thanksgiving. As I’m sure we can all agree, near the top of the list is the Lakers’ recent acquisition of superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, as well as team USA...more

Governor Brown Signs Several Bills That Impact Employers

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed bills enacting several new employment statutes. Below are brief explanations of these new laws that affect employers in California. It should be noted that the Governor vetoed AB 1450,...more

Three Dwight Circus

Litigation Value: Andy’s vocal hatred for Nelly = fodder for her brewing constructive discharge and breach of contract case; New versus Old Dwight dynamic = possible future age discrimination issues; watching Old Dwight’s...more

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