A LAWYER’S DUTY TO HIS/HER CLIENT: Do Harvey Weinstein and Attorney David Boies Deserve Eternal Suffering in Dante’s Inferno?

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By:       Pamela A. Lee, Esquire The salacious details of the multitude of allegations against Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment, sexual assault and economic abuse are deeply disturbing.  We can easily envision Dante and Virgil seeing Harvey Weinstein being blown violently back and forth by hurricane-strength winds in Dante’s second circle of hell (lust) or […]

STRESS LEVELS IN THE USA – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

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By:       Pamela A. Lee, Esquire Americans are suffering from so much stress these days.  Listening to the news the other night, I heard depressing stories regarding the economy, government officials, sexual harassment in the work place, and another mass murderer on a random killing spree in New York City. On November 1, 2017, the […]

SEXUAL HARASSMENT—IT’S NOT PULP FICTION

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most powerful film executives, has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by dozens of women who claim that Weinstein demanded sexual favors in exchange for the promise of an Oscar-bait role.   Fear of retaliation by Weinstein promoted a culture of silence which left […]

SCOTUS EMPLOYMENT UPDATE – FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER EDITION

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire                     Ruth Loomis: [the Justices posing for a group photograph] Should we smile a little?                    Justice Dan Snow: Good God, no. Who’d trust a happy Justice?             […]

Physician Please Don’t Heal Thyself – Talk to Your Lawyer About that Employment Contract!

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By:      Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire Employment contracts for physicians are nothing new; however, the trend toward larger, corporate healthcare systems has dramatically altered the terms of physician employment agreements and the factors which a physician must consider prior to signing an employment agreement. Physician-owned practices have largely gone by the wayside, giving way to […]

Employment Law Alert: Recently Terminated Employees No Longer Entitled to Review Personnel Files

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire Under the Pennsylvania Inspection of Employment Records Law (the “Act”), an employer must permit an employee or the employee’s agent to inspect the employee’s own personnel files.  The Act defines “employee” as a person who is currently employed, laid off with reemployment rights, or on a leave of absence. Because […]

Tragedy in Orlando – A Sobering Reminder that Your Workplace May Not Be Safe

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula lmikula@dioriosereni.com On the morning of June 5, 2017, as employees at a small RV accessory firm in Orlando, Florida settled in for the beginning of the work week, a disgruntled former employee entered the premises and shot and killed five of his former co-workers before turning the gun on himself. Violence […]

School’s (Almost) Out for Summer – Now Get to Work, Kiddo!

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By:    Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire           LMikula@dioriosereni.com As summer vacation approaches, many teens look forward to obtaining a summer job to gain “real-life” experience and earn some cash before heading back to the books in September.   There are a number of important requirements regarding working conditions, however, those young workers, […]

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 […]

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