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New IRS Law Protects Whistleblowers

In an effort to modernize the IRS and improve taxpayer protections Congress passed the Taxpayer First Act (TFA), which went into effect July 1, 2019. The TFA expands protections for taxpayers and provides critical expansion of safeguards for whistleblowers. The outcome: this new law strengthens the ability of whistleblower employees to blow the whistle about […]

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Judge Rules Sexual Harassment Claims NOT Subject to Arbitration

#METOO ALERT! On March 8, 2019, there was a huge ruling in Houston – that forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims is void as against public policy. This watershed opinion opens the door for sexual harassment and sexual assault victims statewide to avoid the forced confidential arbitration system where their claims never see the light […]

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Employment Law Meets Sports: UT Fires UT Hero Vince Young

On March 9th, 2019, The Associated Press broke the news that The University of Texas fired legendary quarterback Vince Young from his part-time job. Texas apparently fired Young on March 1st, 2019 following Young’s most recent DUI on February 4th. Texas notified Young of his termination on February 15th – only 11 days after his […]

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Cavalier Behavior Leads to Lawsuit

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ poor record is not their only concern right now as former assistant coach Jim Boylan recently sued the team for age discrimination. Boylan, who is 63, filed the lawsuit against the Cavs in November. The Cavs fired Boylan last June after the Golden State Warriors swept the Cavs in the NBA Finals. […]

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Huge Southern California Sexual Harassment Settlement

The LA Times reported that last month that Cal State Los Angeles settled a sexual harassment lawsuit in the athletic department. Former high-ranking athletic department official Sheila Hudson sued former athletic director Mike Garrett and the university in August 2016. Hudson alleged Garrett sexually harassed her. Hudson also alleged the school violated the California Fair Employment and […]

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CBS’ $9.5M Hush Money

A new article by The Times exposes a $9.5 million settlement between CBS and actress Eliza Dushku following her claims of sexual harassment. Although the parties settled in January 2018, the agreement just came to light. Dushku signed onto CBS’s jury consultant television show, “Bull,” in March of 2017 to act in a major role […]

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Warehouse Workers Fight Back

Warehouse and logistics providers including Amazon and XPO have been on the receiving end of lawsuits recently. The claims alleged include unpaid overtime, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, and even wrongful death. In October, eBay filed a lawsuit against Amazon alleging Amazon has a scheme to steal its top sellers. While this particular lawsuit features two […]

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SCOTUS Issues Landmark Epic Systems Opinion

BREAKING: SCOTUS issues landmark Epic Systems employment #forcedArbitration opinion. What does it all mean? Quick explainer: at least 36 million employees are already subject to a #forcedArbitration clause. That means when something goes wrong (e.g., the company fails to pay wages or commissions, your boss sexually harasses you) you have incredibly already waived your 7th Amendment right […]

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Your Rights – Age Discrimination

According to multiple breaking news sources, IBM is now “facing allegations of rampant age discrimination.” Age discrimination in technology is rampant and unchecked.  Unfortunately, few affected individuals take action within the required time frame.  When they do, as was the case with this $1.5m verdict against IBM for age discrimination, it can be significant. A […]

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Stop Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Retaliation in Central Texas

Sexual Assault, workplace sexual harassment, and workplace retaliation are against the law in Texas.  If you are dealing with these issues, you need to know you are not alone and that help is available.  If you are in immediate harm, call the police.  You can also call the SAFE Alliance, which has a 24 hour […]

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