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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.

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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.)

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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."

Who to sue? Don't get your noncompete lawsuit nixed

By Michael P. Maslanka |

In noncompete litigation there's a split in authority regarding whether a new employer is a necessary party

Work Matters: Houston employers, take note of new obligations under anti-discrimination ordinance

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Essentially, this means that the city will investigate claims involving familial status, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity.

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Employers Under the Gun: Workplace Dynamics Shift Under ADA and ADA Amendments

By Michael P. Maslanka |

The Sixth Circuit's view that the workplace is no longer a physical location but now "anywhere that an employee can perform her job duties" will have wide-ranging consequences for an employer's accommodation obligations under the ADA.

Don't Close by Plucking Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Here's some of what the plaintiff's lawyer didn't need to tell the jury: Her client "had the strength to make that complaint. … I sure didn't. Back in 2006 I was sexually harassed by a [law] professor. … I was a third-year law student."

Lessons from the Jill Abramson drama: when to call in the lawyers

By Michael P. Maslanka |

The whole controversy got me thinking. When should an employee hire a lawyer and get one in the mix? What should an employer do when it receives a letter from an employee's lawyer?