Bill to Ban Arbitration of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Claims Clears House and Senate, on to White House

Arbitration of Sexual Harassment

  A bill amending the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) passed with overwhelming support in the United States Senate on February 10, 2022, to protect employees and consumers from mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. See article. The FAA facilitates dispute resolution through arbitration by creating a process of creating valid arbitration awards…

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Federal Employee Wins at U.S. Supreme Court on Age Discrimination Claims

  April 6, 2020—The U.S. Supreme Court today found that federal employers have broader anti-discrimination requirements under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) than private sector employers.  Therefore, federal workers are entitled to broader protections in employment decisions as they must be “made free from any discrimination based on age.” Under the ADEA,…

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Whistleblowers and Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Related Safety Measures

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act went into effect as of April 1, 2020. A company’s obligations to employees generally requires expanded Family Medical Leave for company’s employing fewer than 500. Employers may not discharge, discipline, or otherwise discriminate against any employee who takes expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Act.…

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Equal Pay Day and the Legacy of Lily Ledbetter

April 10, 2018 is the 22nd Annual Equal Pay Day, which was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996. Equal Pay Day was determined to fall on a Tuesday, to illustrate how far into the next work week a woman has to work to make the same amount as her male counterparts.…

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Contingency Fee Business Cases (No Attorneys’ Fees Paid Unless You Prevail)

For many years, the legal profession has charged businesses hourly fees for business dispute litigation where the law firm is paid win or lose.   However, results oriented contingency or hybrid attorney fee arrangements allow the pursuit of business claims for companies or individuals that may not have the budget for hourly representation.  Henrichsen Siegel, P.L.L.C.…

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National Origin and Citizenship Employment Discrimination: New Regulation

A new regulation takes effect today, January 18, 2017, to prevent national origin and citizenship discrimination in employment.  The Department of Justice stated that treating a worker differently when requesting documents during the employment verification process, no matter the intent, will be prohibited.  The department redefined this type of discrimination as “The act of intentionally…

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