One’s Natural-Born Features, Alone, Ought Not Be Barriers to Employment

One’s Natural-Born Features, Alone, Ought Not Be Barriers to Employment

We read a great comment in response to our post “Weight Bias Is Alive And Well.”    Maria Hanna Joseph, an attorney/mediator in the Boston area, addressing the issue of weight and appearance bias, has carefully written a very succinct and balanced statement of the very purposes of employment anti-discrimination laws.  

NYS Follows NYC in Enacting Law Protecting Unpaid Interns from Sexual Harassment

NYS Follows NYC in Enacting Law Protecting Unpaid Interns from Sexual Harassment

In response to a NY federal court decision which held that an unpaid female intern who alleged sexually harassment by a company higher-up was not an employee for purposes of the anti-discrimination laws (which we discussed on October 15, 2013), the New York City Council voted 50-0 last March to prohibit employers from discriminating against unpaid interns on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking.  

Weight Bias is Alive and Well

Weight Bias is Alive and Well

We note the passing of the “destigmatizer of fat,” Dr. Albert J. Stunkard, who died at the age of 92.  The NYT obituary this week called him “a pioneer of eating-disorder research who proved that some people are genetically predisposed to getting fat,” whose “early work ignited an explosion of interest in the study of eating-related problems. … His work was widely credited with helping define a field of research that today is near the forefront of the public health agenda.”

Ten Commandments for Avoiding Employment Lawsuits in California

Ten Commandments for Avoiding Employment Lawsuits in California

From the employer’s perspective, the only way to truly ”win” an employment case is to avoid it in the first place. We litigators love the thrill of gettting a judge, arbitrator, or jury to decide in our client’s favor. But it can be awfully expensive to get to that point. So without further ado, here are ten commandments for avoiding employment litigation in California.

Senator Chuck Levun (D-Mich) Renews His Efforts to Attack “Basket Options” Used by Hedge Funds: “Hiding Behind the Large Partnership Audit Rules”

Senator Chuck Levun (D-Mich) Renews His Efforts to Attack “Basket Options” Used by Hedge Funds: “Hiding Behind the Large Partnership Audit Rules”

As recently reported by the tax press, a Senate panel recommended on July 21 that the IRS step up its enforcement of the structured financial product referred to as “basket options” and related strategies, penalize banks that facilitate such tax avoidance, and revamp the rules governing large partnership audits.