Employment Law

Extending the “Ministerial Exception”: What Does It Mean to Employees?

The past few weeks brought mixed results for plaintiffs at the Supreme Court. Although the Court surprisingly extended Title VII’s protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation in Bostock v. Clayton County, the Court wrapped up its term by extending the so-called “ministerial exception”—which exempts certain employees of religious institutions from employment protections—to a seemingly broader swathe of employees. What…

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LGBTQ Rights in the Balance: Equality Act Still Needed in the Wake of Bostock

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia has rightly been heralded as a true milestone for LGBTQ rights, including by my colleague Alok Nadig, who describes the decision here. Bostock brings LGBT Americans into the fold of Title VII’s protections against discrimination “because of sex” and has important ramifications with regard to other federal laws adopting similarly-worded prohibitions against gender discrimination. For the first time, LGBTQ…

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Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia: Four Other Takeaways for Discrimination Victims

The Supreme Court’s opinion released earlier this week in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia represents an outstanding milestone in the LGBTQ civil rights movement, and numerous posts and articles rightly celebrate this, including this one by my colleague Alok Nadig. The opinion also reminds us of several concepts that can benefit all victims of unlawful workplace discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of…

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Can I Be Fired for Participating in Peaceful Protests?

At we are committed to the bedrock principle of equal justice under law.  We support and stand behind peaceful protests to bring about long-needed societal reform, take on systemic racism, and make our world a better place for everyone. In the familiar words of Dr. King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As employment lawyers, we are also…

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COVID-19: Mask for Discrimination?

The unprecedented challenge of the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty in every aspect of society. Certainly, the economy has been no exception, and employers are taking a variety of approaches and tactics in an attempt to weather the storm. Many employers are asking their employees to take pay cuts, with percentages often varying by title or overall compensation level,…

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When You Need an Employment Lawyer

There’s a lot more to employment law than dealing with negotiations between two parties. Employment law is a complex field that is always changing. The courts and government agencies are constantly changing the laws and regulations governing in the workplace. What might have been the law only a few years ago can disappear overnight in one ruling.If you feel like…

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All Labor Has Dignity

Over fifty years ago, in a speech supporting striking Memphis, Tennessee sanitation workers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stated: “All Labor Has Dignity.”[1] How profound a statement. Today, decades later, with our country facing health and economic crises, we are confronted by the truth of Dr. King’s statement. Many of us are now newly appreciative of the hard work, dedication, and…

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After-Acquired Evidence and Self-Help Discovery: What Employees Need to Know

Evidence-gathering is one of the most critical parts of any employment discrimination lawsuit. In the normal course of litigation, wrongfully terminated employees may use discovery tools to obtain evidence to prove their case. However, sometimes—due to mistrust in an employer, lack of knowledge about the legal system, or uncertainty that they even want to file a lawsuit—wrongfully terminated employees take…

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Amendments to New York Laws Provide Increased Protections to Workers

Because anti-discrimination laws vary state-to-state, your rights in the workplace depend on the state in which you live or work. New York was the first state to enact a law prohibiting employment discrimination, which has recently been amended to include stronger protections for workers. Last summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law amendments to New York’s anti-discrimination, sexual harassment, and labor laws,…

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Employer Anti-Discrimination Training

Employer Anti-Discrimination Training Program The best employers realize they need to be proactive about creating and maintaining a diverse, collaborative, and equitable work environment.  Rather than responding to problems after they occur, smart employers create conditions that prevent problems in the first place. Conditions that are taught through our Employer Anti-Discrimination Training program. We recognize that there is no such thing…

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