Labor & Employment

2955 ABA Journal Labor & Employment articles.

Should Scabby the giant inflatable rat be barred from some union protests? NLRB seeks input

The National Labor Relations Board is seeking briefs on whether it should limit union workers’ right to use Scabby the giant inflatable rat at some protests over the use of…

Former Goldman Sachs lawyer says she was fired after trying to speak up about sexual misconduct
A former associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired after trying to speak up about sexual misconduct by a company lawyer and then complaining when he retaliated against her.
Former Davis Polk associate may pursue retaliation claim, judge says; other racial bias claims tossed
A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that a Black former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell can pursue a retaliation claim against three partners, but many of his other racial bias claims were inadequate.
Sexual misconduct suit by BigLaw firm’s former legal assistant is mostly dismissed
A federal judge in New Jersey has mostly dismissed a lawsuit by a former legal assistant at Fox Rothschild, who claimed that a now-fired lawyer tried to sexually assault her.
Sidley Austin will provide scholarships, internships to law students to settle Labor Department diversity probe
Sidley Austin has agreed to improve its tracking of demographic statistics on summer associate applicants, associate bonuses and staff member promotions to settle allegations that it failed to adequately collect the data.
BigLaw firm resolves pay bias claim over bonuses paid at predecessor firm
Locke Lord has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that a predecessor law firm discriminated against 22 female associates by paying them lower bonuses than their male colleagues.
Recent equal pay lawsuits by female law professors has shined a light on academic compensation process

“People who violate the norms get punished. Whether that is demanding equal pay, demanding to get the same quality of work as a nonminority or demanding to be spoken to with dignity, norm violators get punished. And for too long, women were expected to sit down, be quiet and follow the lead of men,” says Fitzgerald Bramwell, a Chicago litigator.

Are businesses liable to ill family members of workers who contract COVID-19?
Do businesses have an obligation to those who have never been at a worksite? Courts have split on the issue, which will likely be raised in new lawsuits alleging that negligence led workers to become ill and pass on the COVID-19 virus to family members.
How to empower working moms during the coronavirus pandemic
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Carolyn Elefant, an attorney who focuses her practice on energy and environmental matters and the author of several books, including Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be.
Afternoon Briefs: Facebook sued over Kenosha killing; GC says she was fired for failing to soften criticism

Facebook, militia groups and Kyle Rittenhouse sued

The partner of Anthony Huber, a man killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests, is among four plaintiffs suing Facebook, militia groups and Kyle Rittenhouse,…

Divided 2nd Circuit rejects statistical bias claim against company that refused to hire convicted felons
A federal appeals court has affirmed dismissal of a suit claiming that a company’s refusal to hire convicted felons has a discriminatory impact on Black applicants because they are arrested and incarcerated at higher rates than their proportion of the population.
Cuban American judge and SCOTUS contender’s record on voting rights, executive power could be contentious
A Cuban American judge who fought to keep a Cuban boy in the United States is said to be a top contender for the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
A top SCOTUS contender, Amy Coney Barrett is likely to draw scrutiny for decisions on abortion, campus sex assault
Considered one of the top contenders for a U.S. Supreme Court nomination, U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett is known as a conservative who shows a strong deference to religious values.
Afternoon Briefs: Self-driving car crash leads to charge; ABA center will monitor trial of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

Backup driver for self-driving car is charged after crash death

A backup driver for an Uber self-driving test vehicle has been charged with negligent homicide for a March 2018 crash…

Afternoon Briefs: Bill Gates Sr. dies at 94; federal judiciary seeks $500M for better security

Bill Gates Sr., lawyer and ABA Medal winner, dies at 94

Lawyer and 2009 ABA Medal winner Bill Gates Sr. has died at age 94. Gates was a name…

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