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$4 Million Award in L.A. for Hispanic Boss Harassing Disabled White Coworker

The City of Los Angeles has been ordered to pay a white ex-groundskeeper more than $4 million due to harassment and retaliation based on race and disability discrimination. James Duffy, a mentally disabled gardener employed by L.A. from 1991 until … Continue reading

$16 Million Verdict Upheld in Grain Elevator Death Lawsuit

An Illinois appellate court upheld a $16 million verdict award against a northwestern Illinois company for the families of two people who died in a grain elevator accident. The defendant Consolidated Grain and Barge, argued unsuccessfully on appeal they were not … Continue reading

Attorneys Can Advise Clients to “Clean Up” Social Media Pages

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The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee said in a recent advisory opinion that attorneys may advise clients to “clean up” their social media pages ahead of litigation—including changes to privacy settings and removing information. The advice is ethical as long as … Continue reading

EEOC Sues AutoZone for Racially Segregating Chicago Workers

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) brought suit against AutoZone, Inc. for racial discrimination after the auto parts giant fired a black manager for resisting race-based transfer, according to the federal agency’s Charge of Discrimination. The EEOC claims … Continue reading

Bill Announced to Expand Federal Laws to Include Discrimination Protection for LGBT Individuals

As a follow-up to the Supreme Court’s decision of Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage, lawmakers have introduced a bill to expand discrimination protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals. (SupremeCourt.gov). Currently, less than half of the states … Continue reading

San Francisco Shooting Brings Attention to “Sanctuary Cities” and Their Policies Regarding Undocumented Immigrants

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Last week, amid an already heated discussion surrounding immigration reforms in the United States, the world learned of the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented immigrant in California. Ms. Steinle, while taking a walk on a popular … Continue reading

UPS Faces Employment Discrimination Suit from EEOC

Following a lawsuit filed against clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch Inc for discrimination based on an applicant’s appearance due to religious reasons, shipping giant United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) is now facing a similar suit by current and potential employees … Continue reading

Lawyer is Denied Identity of Online Critic who Disparaged Her on Avvo

The Washington State Court of Appeals rejected a subpoena from a lawyer seeking to discover the identity of an anonymous reviewer who smeared her on Avvo, an online lawyer directory. Deborah Thomson, a divorce lawyer in Tampa, Florida, failed to make … Continue reading

The National Advocates Expands Membership Options to Include Top 40 Under 40

As our organization continues to grow, we welcome all input and suggestions from our members and are constantly looking for ways to make the organization a continued success for many years to come. It is based on some of those … Continue reading

Same-Sex Spouses To Benefit Financially from Supreme Court’s Gay-Marriage Decision

Friday’s monumental ruling concerning same-sex marriage from the Nation’s highest court may give same-sex couples more cause for celebration than originally thought. In a vote of 5-4 on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled to allow same-sex couples the … Continue reading