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A Rock and a Hard Place: Public Health v. Individual Survival

As the ball dropped Thursday night to a largely empty Times Square, the sun set on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid leave provisions. While 2020 may be in our rearview mirror, the pandemic has never been worse. Yet, Congress has just told America’s workforce to ignore the [...]

January 7th, 2021|

Appeals Court Upholds Whistleblower’s $750,000 Win at Trial

In February 2018, Kevin Murphy and Sean Herrmann helped win a $750,000 jury verdict. Their client, Justin Driskell, was illegally terminated for reporting his boss for drinking on the job. The $681,000 in punitive damages awarded by the jury to our client is the largest amount ever issued in [...]

September 25th, 2020|

Black Lives Matter: It’s Time for Employment Laws to Catch Up

Nothing changes if you don’t change anything. And change is badly needed. We relish our work as employment discrimination lawyers. But the system is broken. Our employment laws are woefully insufficient. They do next-to-nothing to address the systemic racism that permeates the workplace. It’s glaring when it boils over. [...]

June 4th, 2020|

May Day and the Virus: Signs of an Employee Awakening

May 1 is International Workers’ Day. Though it is overlooked in the United States, this day, also referred to as May Day, is a public holiday in many countries around the world. It’s a day to celebrate workers and a day for workers to demonstrate and demand more rights [...]

May 1st, 2020|

Keep Calm and Carry On: Working in the Time of the Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a dire public health emergency for the world. The unprecedented worldwide efforts to slow the spread of the disease are causing a deep economic crisis that threatens to be with us even longer than the coronavirus itself. We are all—worldwide—very much in this together. But [...]

March 20th, 2020|

Heads on a Pike: Wrongful Termination in the Age of Trump

On Friday, February 7, 2020, President Donald Trump fired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and—as an added bonus—Lt. Col. Vindman’s twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman. The three were clearly fired because Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Sondland testified in the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment [...]

February 10th, 2020|

Manning the Home Front: Parental Leave Included in 2020 Military Budget Bill

Each year, Congress is called upon to provide for the nation’s military spending through a National Defense Authorization Act. Since it is viewed as a must-pass piece of legislation, Congress is often willing to include unrelated programs and expenditures to ensure its passage. This year’s law included a significant [...]

January 14th, 2020|

Shooting the Messenger: Vilifying Whistleblowers Hurts Everyone

Retaliation undermines the goals of anti-discrimination laws including:Fair pay requirementsSafety protectionsAccounting regulationsEnvironmental safeguardsHow can employees invoke the rights provided by these laws if they know they will be retaliated against for reporting misconduct?How can they speak up without fear of repercussions to help the government stamp out fraud?They can’t.Retaliation is [...]

October 11th, 2019|

Wars of (Key)Words: The Future of Fights Over Electronically Stored Information

“Seeking justice often involves enduring tedium.” It’s fitting that North Carolina’s first big legal decision on electronically stored information (“ESI”) begins with this observation. Employment lawyers often lament the tediousness of discovering ESI. But the world of paper discovery has long passed, and the fight is now firmly in [...]

August 9th, 2019|

For No Reason At All: Wrongful Discharge in an At-Will World

We often hear of companies citing the “at-will” employment rule when terminating an employee. But what does this really mean? The most common definition of this term is that it describes an arrangement where the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship for no reason at all, [...]

July 17th, 2019|

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