Feeling Conflicted: Are Human Resources Departments Properly Able to Handle Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Workplace?

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By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire Mfry@dioriosereni.com Recently at the Women in the World Conference, attorney Nancy Erica Smith warned, “HR is not your friend. HR will not help you.” Ms. Smith recently represented former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in her sexual harassment suit against network founder Roger Ailes. “The first call you make is to […]

Pathway to Equality: Court Concludes Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula April 6, 2017 On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appeals court to hold that a person who alleges that she experienced employment discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation has stated a claim of sex discrimination under Title VII. […]

BACK OFF BOSS: Workplace Bullying is the Next Frontier in Employment Litigation

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com The manager of a fast food restaurant in Missouri has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the December 2016 suicide of a teenaged worker she supervised. The felony complaint alleges that the manager’s bullying of the teen contributed to the young man’s tragic decision to end his […]

Greater Exposure to Exposure: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Local Government Agency Can Be Held Liable for Asbestos Exposure

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire        plee@dioriosereni.com In matter of first impression, the Commonwealth Court recently held that a local government agency – which includes school districts – can be liable to an employee for workplace exposure to asbestos dust if the condition causing exposure falls within one of the exceptions to governmental immunity. The case is Geier […]

Another Warning That Your Social Media May Be Discovered and Used Against You in a Civil Lawsuit

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire        plee@dioriosereni.com If you think about it, social media is a treasure trove of information in litigation. What types of things do you post or comment on? Will it come back to haunt you in 2 or 4 or 6 years? A plaintiff’s Facebook post – and a comment from the […]

Protecting Our Elders? Or Protecting Big Medicine? Federal Court Blocks Agency Rule Banning Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire        plee@dioriosereni.com In September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”)-a federal agency that controls Medicare and Medicaid funding-announced comprehensive revisions to the federal nursing home regulations, including a ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The new rule banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements-along with most of the new rules-was scheduled to take […]

You Can’t Say That: Labor Board Strikes Down Rules Limiting Employee Speech

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) found that an employee could not be terminated because he had warned a co-worker that the co-worker might be fired. Rather, the NLRB held that the employee’s termination-and the employer’s handbook policies upon which that termination was based-violated the […]

Our Heroes Are Not the Only Ones Who Need an Estate Plan

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By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire mfry@dioriosereni.com Several years ago, I began volunteering for Wills for Heroes, a non-profit organization that provides free basic estate plans to military veterans, police, firefighters, correction officers and first responders. Wills for Heroes was formed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in response to a staggering statistic that over 90% of […]

Celebrating Diversity: Women in the Law Committee Approved in Delco

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com About two years ago, my colleague Pamela A. Lee and I -at the time both relatively new to the Delaware County Bar- were swapping stories about professional organizations in which we had been involved over the years.   Pamela shared with me her experiences with an organization that fostered […]

Reasonable Work Accommodation Requests – An Employer’s Checklist

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com When an employee with a disability requests an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of his or her job, the employer has the responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act to clarify what the employee needs and to identify the appropriate reasonable accommodation which will enable the employee […]

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