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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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Can We Improve Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace?

In October 2017, Kaplan Law Firm Founder and Managing Partner Austin Kaplan joined other leaders in workplace diversity initiatives for a panel discussion on best practices for workplace diversity and inclusion in ATX. This event was part of the Austin Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section’s continuing legal education series.

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#MeToo? What Rights Do You Have to Be Free of Workplace Sexual Harassment or Assault in Texas?

“Me, too — If all the people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me, too” as a status, we might give everyone a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” We have a big problem. In response to a simple question, women all over the world took to social media this week to […]

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Do Bar/Restaurant Workers Have a Right to be Free from Racism and Sexual Harassment, and to be Paid Fairly?

Bar owners in Austin, Texas have recently come under scrutiny for making allegedly hostile, racist, sexist comments.  You may be wondering, can employers use racism and sexism as they please, or do employees have rights in such situations? Allowing racist and misogynistic behaviors to enter into the workplace can quickly become a violation of employees’ […]

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Texas Telecommuters: Can IBM and Other Big Companies Suddenly Force You to Report to the Office?

IBM recently announced a new policy that reverses decades of practice: no more telecommuters. Telecommuters, also called remote employees, are employees that do their job from home or any other remote location. Companies like IBM instituted these policies in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Work-from-home policies like these were considered a win-win: companies save money on […]

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