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.

church

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.

Texas State Flag

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.)

padlock

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.

alarm clock

'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."