Year: 2017

Three Tips to Protect Yourself in the Workplace

Absent a contract of employment, “at-will employment” is the predominant employment relationship in the United States. Under the system, an employer can fire an employee for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all. However, an employee may not be fired for an illegal reason, such as racial, gender, or other types of discrimination forbidden by law. And an…

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Illegal or Unfair? Identifying and Correcting Unlawful Conduct in the Workplace

Everyone who has ever had a job knows that the workplace comes with its ups and downs, from getting a raise and having your work recognized, to suspecting you’re underpaid and managing interpersonal conflicts. The low points cause employees to wonder, “Is my employer allowed to do this? What can I do to stop it, and what happens to me…

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Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Foreign nationals often play a critical role in providing information necessary to successful enforcement actions. This role is particularly important as the United States seeks to crack down on the American corporations engaging in bribery and corruption while doing business abroad. One of the primary tools the United States Government uses to fight corruption is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,…

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Are You a Construction Worker on a Federal Project Who Was Not Paid Davis Bacon Wages? That May Be a Violation of the Federal False Claims Act

The Davis-Bacon Act, 40 U.S.C. §§ 3141-3148, requires that contractors and subcontractors on federal construction projects pay their employees the prevailing wage rate for their job classification as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The Davis-Bacon Act is a protective labor law that requires certain federal government contracts “for construction, alteration, and/or repair of public buildings or public works of…

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Sanford Heisler Sharp Files Suit Against Metro Nashville Airport Authority for the Wrongful Termination & Retaliation of Former President & CEO Robert Wigington

Posted December 4th, 2017. Suit Alleges Violations of Family Medical Leave Act and Tennessee Disability Act For more information, contact Jamie Moss, newsPRos, 201-493-1027, [email protected] December 4, 2017, Nashville, TN – today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”) on behalf of Robert Wigington, the Airport Authority’s former…

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Confidential Settlements: An Option for Victims Who Don’t Want to Be Named

As increasing numbers of women come forward to speak out about sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, many news commentators have called for an end to confidential discrimination settlements. The intentions behind this call are honorable and righteous, but the reality may be more complicated. Confidential settlements offer benefits for victims. Not every victim wants her name in light.…

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Severance Agreements and Waiving Your Rights to Bring Suit Under The False Claims Act

When presenting an employee with a severance agreement, employers typically insist on very broad releases, waiving any claims the employee may bring against the company. Many employers interpret this broad release language to include whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act. Some severance agreements will even explicitly bar an employee from recovering financially from a False Claims Act suit. But don’t such…

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What Happens When a Company Continues to Violate the Same Laws Even After it is Caught?

When a company is investigated and prosecuted for fraud, the Government typically requires the company to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement. This Agreement obligates the company to take steps to ensure that it complies with the law in the future and regularly reports the status of its compliance to the Government. If the company violates the law again, the…

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California Tackles Pay Discrimination in Employment by Banning Inquiries into Past Compensation

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers in California may no longer inquire into prospective employees’ compensation history. The goal of this measure is to reduce the substantial gaps in pay for female and minority employees. On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168 into law. The Bill adds a new section containing several important protections to the California Labor…

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