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.
We have written a lot about age discrimination, whether it is employers who use code words such as “long in the tooth” or recent enforcement actions by the EEOC.
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.
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.”
In my opinion, most people (typically women) decide whether or not to change their name to a maiden name at the actual time of the divorce proceeding, if not sooner.
According to a recent Newsweek article, art theft is the third highest-grossing criminal enterprise, behind only drugs and guns. A significant contributing factor to the prevalence of art theft is the fact that the art trade is generally unregulated – most countries, including the U.S., do not require transaction records or public listing of art sales.
Two Months to Amend HIPAA Business Associate Agreements for Omnibus Compliance, but Beware the Bare Bones BAA
Does your business associate agreement (BAA) reflect your business deal, or is it a bare bones HIPAA compliance document?
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.
For a litigator and lifelong sports fan, nothing could be more exciting than the confluence of baseball and the law. Even something as mundane as a simple collections matter takes on new meaning when it’s baseball’s erstwhile mega-star and youngest player to 500 home runs, Alex Rodriguez, refusing to pay a $380,000 tab.
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.