Work Matters Blog

Merry Christmas, Plaintiffs Lawyers!

By Michael P. Maslanka |

On Dec. 11, the Fifth Circuit delivered an early Christmas present to plaintiffs lawyers in 'EEOC v. LHC Group, Inc.' And, I'm not talking stocking stuffers, but a big old present under a lit up tree.

Don't let 'reaction mode' control you

By Michael P. Maslanka |

There is the stimulus and there is our response. The gap between the two is our freedom to choose our reaction.

Work Matters: Take pressure off achieving a goal and you just might reach it

By Michael P. Maslanka |

By focusing on the process, victory is always achievable in the moment.

Work Matters: Texas employment defense lawyers earned a treat on Halloween

By Michael P. Maslanka |

How is an insurance adjustment case relevant to EEOC files or discrimination lawsuits?

3 simple tips for disrupting gender bias in hiring practices

By Michael P. Maslanka |

These small changes have potential to do more good than women's initiatives and stand-alone bias training, which can make diversity metrics worse.


Work Matters: Claim or no claim? Terminated employee sues for religious discrimination after skipping work to attend church groundbreaking

By Michael P. Maslanka |

The Fifth Circuit said that the tenets of a faith mattered zip in determining whether the ground breaking/lunch was a religious practice.

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High Court: Seeking discovery under Rule 202? Personal jurisdiction matters

By Michael P. Maslanka |

(And we all thought that boring first-year civil procedure class would never come in handy.)


Keys to Invoking Privilege: What Works and What Doesn't

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Issues of attorney-client privilege pervade a general counsel's life. Let's look at some new cases—some with good news and some with not so good news.

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'Sleeper cell' claim awakened in ADA case

By Michael P. Maslanka |

These claims are a huge, untapped pool of plaintiffs. The court decided that a jury will determine whether the plaintiff suffered an adverse employment action because of a record of a disability.

Corporate Lawyers Through Clients' Eyes: It's Not Pretty

By Michael P. Maslanka |

I read with great interest a chapter entitled "How to Handle Corporate Lawyers in a new book by Geoffrey James, "Business Without The Bullsh*t: 49 Shortcuts and Secrets You Need to Know."