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Blog 2018-02-09T19:59:27+00:00

Can a Witness to a Discrimination Action Have a Retaliation Complaint?

As a result of filing a workplace discrimination charge, a thorough investigation may need to be commenced. During the course of the investigation, co-workers are often interviewed to gather additional information, and some may have been a witness to the actual discriminatory event. Being involved in one of these investigations can cause animosity toward all parties involved. When co-workers [...]

By | February 13th, 2018|Employment Law|

Are Illegal Immigrants Protected from Employment Discrimination?

The main anti-discrimination law protecting United States employees is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. But do the protections contained within this federal Act extend to workers who are illegally in the United States? Can an undocumented immigrant bring a discrimination claim under Title VII? Surprisingly, yes. Title VII applies to persons “employed by an employer,” not just [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Employment Law|

Larry Nassar and the Ethics of Using Non-Disclosure Agreements to Settle Sexual Misconduct Claims

On January 24, 2018, Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting more than 150 girls. During Nassar’s sentencing, many of his victims provided emotional impact statements which revealed the lasting scars of his heinous acts.  One such statement came from retired Olympic [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

EEOC’s Disability Discrimination Complaints are Lowest They Have Been in Years

In 2017, the EEOC reported 26,838 charges of disability-related discrimination. While this number may seem high, it actually reflects a dramatic drop in such charges. In 2015 and 2016, the EEOC saw record high numbers of disability complaints. Complaints alleging discrimination based on an employee’s disability represented a significant portion of the total complaints received in 2017 - 31.9%, [...]

By | February 2nd, 2018|Employment Law|

Humble Law Client Obtains Ruling in Employment Case Against State of Alabama DHR

An Alabama Federal Court recently issued a ruling in favor of Humble Law, LLC client Brad Sims in a lawsuit filed against his former employer, the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources.  The ruling denied efforts by the State to dismiss Sims’ federal employment law claims. Following a distinguished career, Sims retired from the Blount County DHR in early [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Employment Law|

The Pros and Cons of Progressive Discipline Procedures in the Georgia Workplace

A progressive discipline policy gives an employee a clear expectation of what should happen when a company directive is violated, or when an expectation is not met.  In such a policy, the severity of the penalty increases with each employee infraction.  Typically, the policy includes steps as follows:  an initial verbal warning, a written warning, suspension and, ultimately, termination.  [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|