Katie Peterson, was on the tenured track and claimed she was sexually harassed by a dean. As her attorney, Austin Kaplan commented on this case in an interview on KVUE.
“In the Me Too era, every institution, every employer, obviously universities have to take reports of sexual harassment extraordinary seriously,” he said.
Full coverage at KVUE
“I think that this violates at least one law that we know of out there,” Austin labor attorney Austin Kaplan told KXAN. We sent Kaplan the salary reduction agreement to find out whether he believes the agreement was legal.
Kaplan said since Texas is a right-to-work state, workers who are not under contract have very little room to fight this.
“Employers can lay them off or fire them for good reason, bad reason or no reason at all as long as it’s not for an illegal reason with no notice whatsoever,” said Kaplan. (more…)
In a recent segment focusing on the ongoing Omni Hotels pregnancy discrimination case, Austin Kaplan discusses with KVUE how commonplace pregnancy discrimination is now.
“It is disturbingly common in this town to be discriminated against after you announce a pregnancy,” Kaplan told KVUE. Kaplan said efforts to resolve the issue with Omni failed, so in September, they filed the lawsuit for pregnancy discrimination.
Full coverage at KVUE
Kaplan Law Firm recently filed an important pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Omni Hotels Management Corporation and TRT Holdings, Inc.
The plaintiff, Julia Teague, alleges that Omni made the decision to fire her from her Director of Marketing job at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa after learning she was pregnant and would be taking FMLA leave to care for her newborn child.
Teague is represented by Austin Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm. (more…)
As the attorney representing Katie Peterson, Austin Kaplan was quoted in a recent Statesman article about St. Edward’s University’s addition to the American Association of University Professors Censure List.
“Austin-based attorney Austin Kaplan, who is representing Peterson, said the lawsuit against the university is a ‘result of the culture at (St. Edward’s) to unfortunately sweep the issues of harassment and retaliation under the rug.’”
Read the entire article at Statesman.
Austin Kaplan was recently quoted in an article about Wondercheck v. Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. on Law 360.
“Austin Harris Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm PLLC, who represents Wondercheck, told Law360 the type of fraud alleged here is ‘unfortunately a fact pattern we see across Texas over and over again.’ He attacked Maxim’s stated reason for firing his client — waiting too long to report the fraud — as absurd. ‘Of course there’s no such policy because reporting the fraud at any point in time is better than not reporting it at all,’ he said. ‘So no one would have such a policy like that… because that would further dissuade people from reporting. In fact, if they had such a policy it might violate [the law].’”
Read the entire piece on Law 360.