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Sanford Heisler Sharp David Sanford and Deborah Marcuse Among Benchmark Litigation’s Inaugural “Top 20 Labor & Employment Litigators”

USA – Benchmark Litigation has named Co-founder and Chairman David Sanford and its Firm Managing Partner Deborah K. Marcuse to its inaugural list of the nation’s Top 20 Labor and Employment Litigators. The list features lawyers recognized by peers and clients for their exceptional reputations and achievements in labor and employment litigation. According to the publication, recipients of this first-ever recognition secured “the…

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Nissan Altima Investigation

Since 2013, Nissan Altima owners have been complaining to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about automatic transmission problems occurring in their 2013-2014 vehicles. The defective transmission supplied in the affected vehicles is known as a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This transmission is defective in design. As a result, the most notable problems that occur include: Stuttering between gears Hesitation Sputtering Vibration…

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What is the FLSA?

Created 80 years ago, the Fair Labor Standards Act governs the hours worked and wages earned by American employees. The FLSA provides that, unless a specific exemption applies, employers: Must pay employees a minimum wage set by federal law Must pay employees overtime (1.5x their regular rate) for time worked over 40 hours in a workweek Must maintain accurate employment records, including…

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What to Do If You Are Being Sexually Harassed

One of the most common forms of gender discrimination is sexual harassment. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment occurs when an employee receives unwelcome sexual behavior on the job. This type of behavior may involve the employee’s job – for instance when a manager demands sexual favors in exchange for a promotion. Sexual harassment is illegal under Title VII of the…

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Employee Arbitration Agreements

It’s becoming more and more common in U.S. workplaces. Employers are asking employees to sign an arbitration agreement, giving up the right to sue over job-related issues. If an employee signs an agreement, it means that the employee must pursue any legal claims against his/her employer through arbitration, rather than a lawsuit. Employee arbitration agreements can come back to haunt you.…

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‘Epic’ Impact: How a Major SCOTUS Decision in Favor of Arbitration Is Shaping the Landscape for Workplace Lawsuits

The case before U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh Jr. was not unlike others he’d seen before. A woman alleged sexual harassment in the workplace so severe she had been forced to quit her job. Her former employer, a global talent agency called MarketSource, was arguing that the whole dispute ought to be in front of an arbitrator—not in a public…

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Dartmouth Lawsuit Says School Allowed ‘Animal House’ Culture Among Professors, Students

By Douglas Belkin Seven current and former Dartmouth College students filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Ivy League school on Thursday, alleging it ignored an “Animal House” atmosphere created by three professors in the school’s department of psychology and brain sciences. The lawsuit, which seeks $70 million in damages, claims the professors “leered at, groped, sexted, intoxicated and raped…

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Martinsville Files Motion To Consolidate Opioid Lawsuits of 11 Localities

The City of Martinsville filed a motion to consolidate the opioid lawsuits of 10 other localities, including Pittsylvania County, in the Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday. All 11 of the localities retained the legal team of representatives from LLC; Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.; and the Cicala Law Firm PLLC. The lawsuits of each locality sue prescription opioid manufacturers, distributors and…

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