Monthly Archives: October 2016

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The Limited Impact of the Justice Department’s Pregnancy Discrimination Victory

By Kamika Shaw* Earlier this week, the Department of Justice settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Florence, Kentucky. While the case is certainly a victory for the Justice Department and pregnancy discrimination activists, the outcome may have little impact on pregnancy discrimination claims generally, which are usually unsuccessful. The Justice Department brought the suit under…

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Workers’ Rights in the Balance

by Atty. Steve Churchill* As The New York Times recently reported in a three-part series, employers increasingly are relying on mandatory arbitration agreements to force their workers to resolve employment disputes in arbitration instead of court (where a worker usually has the right to a jury trial). While arbitration can result in faster outcomes, it…

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A Proportional Response To Cyber Terrorism

by Laura Sanders* As the presidential election rages on, the Obama administration is quietly considering how to respond to an unprecedented foreign invasion. On October 7, the Obama administration publicly acknowledged for the first time that the Russian government was probably responsible for a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that resulted in…

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Is This What Accountability Looks Like?

By Edward Nasser* Wells Fargo & Co. Chairman and CEO John Stumpf resigned this week, effective immediately, under intense public pressure for the bank’s sales-tactics scandal and his inelegant handling of the fallout. Mr. Stumpf won’t receive a severance package, relinquished $41 million in unvested equity awards, and agreed to forgo salary during an independent investigation…

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A Fatal First for the Obama Presidency

by Lucy Dicks-Mireaux* In the first veto override of the Obama administration, Congress enacted the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a law that will allow September 11 victims and their families to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for allegedly backing the attacks on the United States. Fifteen of the nineteen men who carried out the…

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