Month: August 2017

Reducing Bias In The Law Firm

Bias remains a persistent issue in law firms despite efforts to promote equality and diversity in the workplace. Women continue to face challenges in securing leadership positions, earning promotions, and receiving equitable compensation. This article explores the barriers women encounter in law firms and offers practical suggestions for reducing bias and increasing transparency in performance evaluations. It also emphasizes the…

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How Healthcare Companies Use Kickbacks To Influence Medical Decisions

We all have a general idea of what a kickback, or a bribe, looks like. We may imagine a bag of cash discretely changing hands. Or a corrupt politician freezing money in boxes of frozen pie crusts. But kickbacks may not always appear so seedy. Many healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have been found liable for paying or receiving kickbacks in order…

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Can Companies Transfer Assets to New Corporations to Avoid Civil Penalties Assessed Under the False Claims Act?

The Fourth Circuit’s decision in United States ex rel. Bunk v. Government Logistics N.V., 642 F.3d 261 (4th Cir. 2016) addressed whether a successor in interest remains liable for its predecessor’s False Claims Act liability. In other words, if a company is liable for penalties under the FCA, can it avoid liability by transferring assets to a successor corporation? Bunk held that it…

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Gender Bias in Performance Reviews

In the landmark gender discrimination case, Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989), the Supreme Court recognized that discrimination based on an employee’s failure to conform to gender role stereotypes is prohibited under Title VII. As the Supreme Court reasoned, “an employer who acts on the basis of a belief that a woman cannot be aggressive, or that she must…

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Are Law Partners Covered by Employment and Anti-Discrimination Laws?

The short answer is quite possibly. In many cases, law partners may be regarded as “employees” under Title VII, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other laws – and therefore eligible to sue their firms for employment discrimination, retaliation, and similar unlawful treatment. The issue of whether a law partner is an “employee”…

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Dual-Pronged Protections for Record-Keeping Whistleblowers

Because bribery cannot be conducted transparently without leaving a trail of breadcrumbs directly back to the wrongdoing, any scheme by a registered company to bribe foreign officials will almost certainly run afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (“FCPA”) record-keeping provisions. However, the FCPA’s record-keeping provisions reach well beyond bribery. The FCPA delineates far-reaching rules on proper accounting and record-keeping…

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Sanford Heisler Sharp and Tech Giant Qualcomm Receive Final Approval of $19.5 Million Gender Discrimination Settlement

Posted August 4th, 2017. SETTLEMENT PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMMATIC RELIEF FOR QUALCOMM WOMEN IN STEM For more information contact: Jamie Moss, newsPRos, PR Counsel, ; ; [email protected] SAN DIEGO, CA, August 3, 2017 — one of the nation’s leading class action civil rights firms, today announced that Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California granted final approval…

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