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It's Your Last Chance … to Avoid Retaliation

February 22, 2013
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Agreements are wonderful tools to use with our employees. They come in all shapes and sizes. No matter the agreement, however, there is one clause that it cannot contain: a covenant by the employee waiving his or her right to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.
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Do You Have a Workplace Policy Banning the Electronic Recording of Conversations?

December 3, 2012
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If you do not have a policy against employees recording conversations in the workplace, you might want to consider drafting one. You never know when an employee is going to try to smuggle a recording device into a termination or other meeting.
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Bill Giving Whistle-Blower Protections to Federal Employees Signed Into Law

November 28, 2012
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The act includes provisions that amend the scope of protected disclosures, tightens requirements for nondisclosure agreements, expands the penalties imposed for violating whistle-blower protections, and establishes a Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman position in certain federal agencies.
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It Just Doesn't Matter (Who the President of the United States Is)

November 7, 2012
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If you manage your employees reasonably, pragmatically, and with decency, it just doesn't matter, from a day-to-day perspective, who the president is.
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EEOC Opines on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking as Title VII and ADA Violations

October 25, 2012
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While Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act do not expressly protect victims from discrimination, they do protect against employers' use of stereotypes rooted in protected classes (e.g., sex or mental illness) to treat these employees differently.
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University of Virginia Whistle-Blower Gets $819,000 Jury Award

October 17, 2012
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Weihua Huang claimed he was retaliated against after he complained about Ming D. Li's misuse of federal research grants for a project on the genetics of nicotine and addiction.
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Employment Law Blog Carnival: The 007 Edition

October 17, 2012
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's most famous movie spy, James Bond. Since many have compared my suaveness and sophistication with that of 007, celebrating Bond is a fitting topic for my edition of the monthly roundup of the best that the employment law blawgosphere has to offer.
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EEOC Goes Nuts as Its Fiscal Year Closes

October 4, 2012
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How do you know that Sept. 28 marked the end of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fiscal year? Because it filed over two dozen lawsuits that week.
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Former Assistant Football Coach McQueary Files Whistle-Blower Suit Against Penn State

October 3, 2012
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McQueary alleged that Penn State terminated his employment as assistant football coach because of his cooperation with Pennsylvania Attorney General investigators.
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Ex-Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Exec: I Was Fired for Whistle-blowing

September 13, 2012
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Clifford Jagodzinski alleged in a complaint filed last month that his firing in April by MSSB was “an action for unlawful retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Act,” as well as claims under state law.
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