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Munger Tolles & Olson LLP’s decision to release its associates from forced arbitration clauses after a weekend Twitter dust-up has already inspired at least one other BigLaw firm to do the same, and in the era of #MeToo, experts say more firms probably aren’t far behind.
Even simple preventative measures can turn complicated at law firms. Here’s a look at some common steps firms are taking to stop sexual harassment along with the challenges they face.
When a Texas federal judge rebuked attorneys for filing a Fair Labor Standards Act suit based on an invalidated overtime expansion rule, he refused to spare associates on the case from his contempt order in what experts say is a prime example of the tough ethics decisions young lawyers face.
Google lost its bid to toss classwide claims from a suit accusing the tech giant of gender-based pay discrimination at a hearing Monday when a California state judge said the putative class of at least 5,000 women likely had sufficiently pled a common hiring practice in its amended complaint.
The New Orleans Saints football team violates federal workplace discrimination laws by imposing a far stricter conduct code on its cheerleaders than its players, a cheerleader who claims she was fired over a revealing Instagram post said Friday in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint.
A former Quinn Emanuel secretary’s claims of being the target of a supervisor’s racist and homophobic comments during an Apple v. Samsung patent trial should be tossed because the alleged conduct was not severe enough to create a hostile work environment, the law firm said Friday.
The Judicial Council of California has paid $521,000 to settle sexual harassment complaints involving judges and court employees, plus another $80,000 for outside counsel to investigate allegations involving five judicial officers, according to data provided to Law360 on Monday.
The New Jersey Legislature overwhelmingly passed a “historic” bill Monday aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women in the state, with some lawmakers highlighting how female attorneys are paid less than their male counterparts.
An Illinois federal judge granted the Illinois Department of Human Services a quick win on Monday over an employee’s claims that she was forced to work in a hostile environment with a patient who consistently degraded her with racial slurs, agreeing with the department’s argument that the difficult patient is exactly the type she was trained to work with.
Current and prospective transgender military service members said they will ask a Washington federal court on Tuesday to permanently block President Donald Trump’s new policy that would allow only some transgender troops to openly serve, after previously winning an injunction against a broader earlier policy, arguing the new policy is still unconstitutional.
The ousted president of Consol Energy Inc. accused the coal company in Pennsylvania federal court Friday of violating equal pay protections by paying her a fraction of the compensation that her male subordinates at the company received.
Former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros filed an opposition in New York federal court Friday to the network’s bid to dismiss her suit alleging she was cyberstalked after she complained about sexual harassment, saying that her complaint properly alleges wrongdoing.
WAGE & HOUR
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday ordered the owner of an exotic dance club in Philadelphia to pay $4.59 million to a certified class of dancers who sued the club over wages in a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Eighth Circuit on Monday affirmed a National Labor Relations Board ruling that an International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees unit in Nebraska violated federal labor law by refusing to refer nine workers to jobs at two work sites.
The National Labor Relations Board’s two Republican members on Friday indicated that they are open to reviewing a nearly 45-year-old precedent regarding when a successor employer can unilaterally set initial terms of employment for unionized workers.
Just days after Congress held the National Labor Relations Board’s budget steady at $274 million, the union that represents workers at the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters asked agency leadership to withdraw a series of recent cost-saving measures since the expected funding shortfall they were based on never came to pass, according to a letter obtained by Law360 on Monday.
The National Association for Fixed Annuities and U.S. Department of Labor said Friday they have dropped their D.C. Circuit dispute over the agency’s fiduciary rule for retirement advisers, a little more than a week after the Fifth Circuit vacated the rule.
The New Jersey Assembly on Monday passed legislation that would require employers to provide earned sick leave to their workers in the state, a proposed measure lauded by supporters as helping workers and blasted by critics as hurting small businesses.
A Pennsylvania federal court refused on Friday to throw out metal recycler Titan International’s suit against a former vice president who allegedly breached a noncompete agreement and spilled trade secrets, ruling that the agreement stated that Pennsylvania law should apply to any contract-related disputes.
A pharmaceutical company investor who accused the company’s board of overcompensating itself had his suit thrown out by a New York state judge on Friday, with the court adopting the board’s logic and rejecting the suit as a challenge to its business judgment.
New Jersey Transit urged the Third Circuit on Monday to vacate a more than $800,000 jury verdict for an employee’s personal injury claims, arguing that a recent decision from the appeals court proves the company has sovereign immunity from the suit.
While the Sixth Circuit held in 2006 that Title VII didn’t cover sexual orientation discrimination, the court’s recent decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes is part of the current trend of courts broadly construing the meaning of “sex discrimination” and increasing workplace protections under federal law for LGBT employees, say attorneys with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.
One piece of “bad” evidence can sink a client at trial. This article addresses some of the bad evidence that we — Uber’s counsel — encountered in the Waymo v. Uber trade secrets battle and explains how that evidence was neutralized in front of the court and at trial, say Arturo González and Esther Kim Chang of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
2018 is likely to go down as the year that corporate social responsibility compliance became a core duty of in-house legal departments. Not only have legal requirements proliferated in recent years, but new disclosure requirements and additional regulation are on the horizon, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
In his new book, “Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times,” professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise. What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book’s readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney in California’s Central District earned more than $3.7 million since 2016 as a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP working for clients ranging from Apple to Uber, according to financial disclosure forms shared with Law360 on Monday.
U.S. Circuit Judge Julie Carnes, who was nominated in 2014 to the Eleventh Circuit by former President Barack Obama, announced on Friday that she will soon take senior status, giving President Donald Trump another chance at reshaping the federal appellate court.
For eight years, Michael Cheah has been general counsel of Vimeo, the New York-based online video sharing and streaming site that touts an emphasis on community and creativity. He spoke to Law360 about how the changing regulatory landscape affects online media companies and why he’s on the front lines of the fight over the future of net neutrality.
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