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Katy Perry Kissed a Boy on American Idol and He Didn’t Like It: #MeToo Works Both Ways

by FordHarrison on

In a move as tone-deaf as some of the singers vying to compete on American Idol, pop princess Katy Perry cajoled a kiss from 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze without his permission. Perry, who serves as one of the three...more

Oscars Delve into Legal Territory with Two Words: Inclusion Rider

by FordHarrison on

At the end of her Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress this year, Frances McDormand, after having spoken about equality, concluded with the following statement: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and...more

Women as Warriors: What Black Panther Teaches Us About Women in the Workplace

by FordHarrison on

Coming off the heels of a fantastic Blockbuster first few weeks, nearly $900 million made at the box office globally, and premiering during Black History Month, there is no denying that Black Panther is just the start of a...more

Why Can’t We Be Friends: Would Lyle Case Decision Be Same Today?

by FordHarrison on

What if I told you that the California Supreme Court has ruled that under certain circumstances, an employee being exposed to lewd conduct in the workplace – including sexual discussions, sexually explicit pictures, and...more

Dark Day For Hollywood – Law Prohibiting Online Publication Of Actors’ Ages Is Unconstitutional!

A federal court has struck down as unconstitutional a California law (AB 1687) that prohibits commercial online services from publishing actors’ ages without their consent. The law, which the California legislature enacted in...more

Where is the Line? Options for Professional Leagues and Teams Facing On-Field Player Social Activism

In July 2016, four players on the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team wore black shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement. The WNBA fined the players, but later rescinded the fines. In August 2016, San...more

Female Coaches Cite Pay Disparity in Case Alleging Title IX Violation

• Three female coaches at two California community colleges allege that unequal pay violates Title IX. • All three claim that they are paid less than their male counterparts despite having similar duties and that the pay...more

All the Money in the World: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and wage disparity issues

by FordHarrison on

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing Hollywood reckoning, Kevin Spacey’s downfall was swift following accusations from Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the age of 14. Since Rapp came...more

Time’s Up: I am woman, hear me roar

by FordHarrison on

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight,...more

Time’s Up: Hollywood Activism May Soon Lead To Pay Equity Scrutiny At Your Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

The issue of gender equality in the workplace is staying firmly in the public eye with the creation of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Supported by over 300 actresses, agents, writers, directors, producers, and...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

by FordHarrison on

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its cross-hairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course,...more

After Schiano: Lessons For Athletic Directors from Tennessee’s Coaching Search

The vetting and hiring of a new coach is one of the most critical responsibilities athletic directors face. Athletic directors work to identify coaching candidates that will give the university’s teams an opportunity to win...more

Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...more

When the floodgates open, expect water at your doorstep

by FordHarrison on

About a month ago, my colleague Kristin Gray wrote about the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal and best practices for employers to prevent harassment and discrimination from invading the workplace. And while I have no...more

Workplace romances: Do they ‘Suit’ your company?

by FordHarrison on

Workplace romances, especially between persons at different levels in a company, can lead to HR nightmares. Notably, some polls reflect that more than 80% of employees have been involved in, or know about co-workers who have...more

Halloween at work: Don’t get BOOed by your employees!

by FordHarrison on

Halloween can be such a fun holiday for kids of all ages. When October 31st falls on a weekday, as it does this year, ghoulish fun will certainly creep its way into the workplace. How can you, as a human resources...more

Methinks thou doth protest too much! FYI, only ‘reasonable’ opposition is protected

by FordHarrison on

It seems that every day the news is full of stories about employees (whether they are NFL players or Hollywood starlets) protesting unfair treatment. Usually, when an employee complains about discrimination, harassment, equal...more

Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

by FordHarrison on

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, 2017, The Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul...more

What’s your salary? Apparently none of my business

by FordHarrison on

We all know that movie stars make a ton of money. I mean, a ton of money. How much? Well, last month Forbes published its list of the world’s highest paid actresses and actors for the previous year so you can see for...more

Magnum, SMH

by FordHarrison on

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently....more

Public Official or Private Citizen? In Free Speech Cases, Courts Must Decide

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

First Amendment retaliation claims may be getting harder to pursue for state employees, as courts seem increasingly likely to view speech as part of the employees' roles as public officials rather than as private citizens....more

Leaks and whistleblowers and liability, oh my!

by FordHarrison on

Leaks are everywhere. They happen in politics, in sports, in the entertainment industry, in people’s everyday lives, and (unfortunately for many of us, myself included) in the roofs and pipes in our homes....more

New media rating seeks to bring common sense to gender stereotyping

by FordHarrison on

When my son was five and constantly arguing and negotiating for extra dessert or whatever it was that he wanted at any given time, people would often say, “You should be a lawyer!” His response was always: “I don’t want to be...more

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

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