| DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT
While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.
Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.
Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.
The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.
For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.
The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel released a handful of advice memorandums Thursday, with one finding a Papa John’s worker was illegally fired after her solo strike to support the “Fight for $15” campaign and another determining a nursing home worker was properly fired for not reporting suspected patient abuse after complaining about it on Facebook.
A New York woodworking contractor illegally tried to circumvent its workers’ union by spinning off some production work to a new business in its backyard, a split D.C. Circuit panel ruled on Friday, affirming the National Labor Relations Board’s findings.
Female lawyers took to Twitter this week to share experiences of sexual harassment in their professional lives after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on such harassment in U.S. courts.
The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that actions taken by a Unite Here Local to obtain payment of certain union dues from several Hyatt Regency Hotel employees who weren’t full union members illegally restricted their right not to unionize, saying the National Labor Relations Board’s conclusion to the contrary “makes no sense.”
A North Carolina law firm is off the hook for claims that one of its attorneys was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment and then fired for complaining about the situation after a federal judge ruled Friday that though the behavior the woman complained of was “boorish,” she didn’t show the harassing behavior was pervasive.
A Texas appellate court has affirmed an $864,000 judgment for a Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. worker who was fired when he was 40, upholding a trial court’s decision after a bench trial that he’d been terminated because of his age.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday threw out claims that staffing company Aerotek Inc. discriminated against a Hispanic administrative assistant by opting not to promote her to a customer support position and ultimately firing her.
A Washington federal judge on Friday declined to pause her ruling enjoining the Trump administration’s policy barring transgender people from military service while the president appeals to the Ninth Circuit.
A Third Circuit panel on Friday backed a lower court’s decision handing a quick win to the University of Pennsylvania in a former employee’s suit that claimed she was retaliated against after she filed an age and disability discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A federal judge on Friday agreed to dismiss claims from a former University of Alabama carpenter who alleged he was fired because he had depression, but gave the ex-worker another shot at amending the claims in his case.
WAGE & HOUR
AXA Insurance Co. must defend an au pair placement agency in a class action alleging the company took part in a scheme to set unreasonably low pay rates for program participants, a Colorado federal judge ruled Friday, saying the insurer’s duty was triggered because the underlying suit includes a potentially covered negligent misrepresentation claim.
A California federal judge Thursday said she may allow the NCAA to put on an expert, after all, to rebut a challenge to an association rule capping compensation for college athletes.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday kept alive PDC Machines Inc.’s claims accusing a former project manager and the European company that now employs him of misusing trade secrets related to compressors to develop a competing product that threatens to undercut PDC’s ability to market its technology.
It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court tossed a firecracker into the world of False Claims Act litigation with its decision in Universal Health Services v. Escobar, which explained how courts should gauge whether regulatory violations were “material” to government reimbursement. Here, attorneys tell Law360 how the decision has played out and what lies ahead.
The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an appeal in a suit brought by a power station repairman who accused a chemical plant of not properly isolating his work area when he came to fix a transformer, causing him to be electrocuted and lose one of his arms.
The U.S. Trustee on Thursday asked a Texas bankruptcy court to reject iHeartMedia Inc.’s plan to pay its top executives up to $25 million in bonuses, saying the company has failed to show the plan’s performance goals are a challenge or how the executives would help reach them.
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in China Agritech v. Resh is clearly a win for class action defendants, one might fairly question how broad an application the decision itself may have. Its real significance likely lies in what it conveys when viewed together with the court’s other recent decisions restricting both equitable tolling and class actions, say Noelle Reed and Austin Winniford of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
As an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s tip credit provisions, President Donald Trump recently signed a bill that included the Tip Income Protection Act. Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC discusses the recent changes to the law, as well as the history of the tip credit, its requirements and potential pitfalls for employers paying a tip credit wage.
The deadline for appealing the Fifth Circuit’s decision on the amended fiduciary rule to the U.S. Supreme Court expired on June 13, and — pending the Fifth Circuit’s mandate ordering the U.S. Department of Labor to officially strike it down — the rule is no more. So, what now? Will the clock be turned back to an earlier time? Maybe not completely, say Andrew Oringer and Aryeh Zuber of Dechert LLP.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
In this recap of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, experts offer insight on various aspects of one of the term’s most highly anticipated decisions.
Sidley Austin LLP joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Clifford Chance LLP and at least four more firms on Friday in announcing they’ll match Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP’s increased associate pay scale.
The amount of individual stock held in public companies by U.S. Supreme Court justices declined once again in 2017, but three members of the high court’s bench still combine to hold shares in more than 40 entities, according to an analysis of financial disclosures released Thursday by watchdog group Fix the Court.
A retail industry association, Comcast Corp. and others continue to urge the Federal Communications Commission to create a database of reassigned phone numbers that would come with a liability shield for those who use it, a federal judge ruled AT&T can complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, and the European Union has moved forward in establishing a new blocwide cybersecurity agency that proponents say will promise a level of data security on products like connected cars and smart medical devices. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.