Last week, satellite radio giant SiriusXM settled a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of over 1,800 former unpaid interns for up to $1.3 million. This settlement comes in the wake of what many perceived to be a pro-employer ruling in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Many unpaid interns mistakenly believe that, as long as the intern can receive compensation in the form of school credit toward graduation requirements, unpaid internships are legal. While the law is developing in this area as we speak, let’s take a look at how courts will evaluate these types of claims. [Read more…]
One of the most important components of a successful lawsuit against an employer is an employee who is prepared to bring the lawsuit. An employee who can tell an attorney the who, what, where, when, and why of their case in precise detail is more likely to succeed in obtaining a fast and favorable judgment or settlement, and often for more money. Here’s how to go about preparing for a possible lawsuit against your employer. [Read more…]
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in a 3-2 decision that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Stating that these claims fall under Title VII’s sex discrimination protections, the EEOC decision paves the way for further clarification within the courts. While EEOC rulings are not binding upon courts presented with employment discrimination claims, they are considered persuasive authority.
This decision marks a big step forward in recognizing the legal rights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual employees. You can read the text of the opinion here.
Today marks the official launch of the Law Office of Alan S. Bradin. My overarching goal in starting this practice is to provide employees with quick, efficient, and accessible legal advice at low cost. This is done through effectively leveraging technology in a way that will make the legal process as quick and easy as possible for my clients. Additionally, much of my work is done on a contingency basis, which means that, if we prevail in a lawsuit, our fees are paid from the recovery, not from the client’s pocket.
Most of all, I understand the importance of issues facing employees today. The laws are complex and overlap one another, and there are many misconceptions about what workers are actually entitled to. Moreover, there are working relationship issues that must be considered before bringing suit against an employer. I will address both the legal and practical aspects of the employment relationship in future posts.
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