Employment Law Blog

McDonald’s CEO Fired over Relationship with Employee

November 6, 2019
This past weekend, McDonald’s Corporation announced that Steve Easterbrook had been ousted as its president and chief executive, after its board of directors determined that Mr. Easterbrook violated company policy and “demonstrated poor judgment” by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee.  The company’s...

The Response to Ken Fisher’s Derogatory Comments about Women Show the Costs of Maintaining a Sexist Culture

October 24, 2019
Billionaire investment analyst Ken Fisher, founder and chairman of Fisher Investments, recently became the latest executive whose offensive views of women were made public.  His comments at the Tiburon CEO Summit revealed a loathsome but common attitude toward women in the workplace, particularly in the finance industry....

Amendments to New York State Human Rights Law Increase Protections against Sexual Harassment

September 26, 2019
On August 12, 2019, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the state’s latest changes to its civil rights statutes: amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”) that increase protections against sexual harassment in the workplace, especially in the context of harassment by a supervisor. In the...

Injunctive Relief in Sexual Harassment Cases: Remedies Beyond Money

September 11, 2019
In sexual harassment cases, in addition to monetary damages, victims often seek “injunctive relief” – in other words, an order from the court that their employer or harasser either take or stop some action. Courts have frequently granted injunctive relief in harassment cases, and a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals...

Tech Companies Settle Age Bias Suits

August 26, 2019
Recent settlements of age discrimination suits filed against major tech companies highlight a growing effort in the last few years to combat age discrimination in the technology sector. Last month, Google agreed to pay $11 million to settle a class-action age discrimination lawsuit brought by over 200 job applicants over the...

Jones Day Attorneys File Sex Discrimination Suit but Cannot Remain Anonymous

August 22, 2019
On May 3, 2019, in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, a group of former female associates of the large law firm Jones Day brought a $200 million nationwide class action lawsuit alleging pervasive sex discrimination at the firm. Over the past few months, the parties have repeatedly argued over whether...

Can In-House Counsel Use Client Information to Support her Discrimination Claims against her Employer?

August 12, 2019
Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Southern District of New York ruled on July 11, 2019, that Jennifer Fischman, former Acting General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Mitsubishi Holdings America, Inc. (“Mitsubishi”), did not rely on privileged and/or confidential client information in asserting claims of sex discrimination...

Employee-Friendly Changes to Maryland Law to go into Effect on October 1, 2019

July 16, 2019
At the end of its most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a suite of bills aimed at promoting gender diversity and equal pay in the workplace and strengthening protections against workplace harassment under the state’s existing antidiscrimination law, the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (...

Taking Aim at the Gender Pay Gap

July 10, 2019
The MeToo movement, which initially focused on sexual misconduct, has started conversations about gender equity in the workplace generally, sparking a renewed interest in addressing gender-based pay discrimination. Overall, women receive about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, while women of color typically receive even...

State of the States: Wage and Employment Law in the DMV

May 9, 2019
Maryland and the District of Columbia have some of the most progressive employment laws in the country, offering protections and remedies beyond those guaranteed by the federal minimum wage and antidiscrimination laws that apply nationwide. This year alone, Maryland joined four other states and the District of Columbia in...

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