Guide to Handling Workplace Discrimination

Every week, I encounter new potential clients who have fallen victim to workplace discrimination.  Among other topics, unlawful conduct includes Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Injury Discrimination, National Origin Discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Retaliation, Sex Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment.  Sometimes, it is impossible for me to help.  Often, people wait too long to… Read More

DO NOT File Your Own Charge of Discrimination

Lately, I have been meeting with many individuals regarding pending charges with the EEOC and MCHR.  I commend these individuals for taking the initiative to do good research and take the first important step to having their employment issues heard.  Filing a charge is always stressful and time consuming. That being said, these pro se… Read More

OSHA – The Invisible Elephant in the Room

On Monday, April 3, 2017, a tragedy occurred just south of downtown St. Louis.  A boiler-related explosion occurred at Loy-Lange Box Co., leaving casualties at their facility and another nearby business. Accidents like this are unfortunate for all parties involved.  Loy-Lange will surely be facing some difficulties.  In addition to possible litigation from injured parties… Read More

Wadler v. Bio-Rad: In-House Counsel as Whistleblower

Last month, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California entered a verdict awarding $8 million in damages to the former general counsel (Sanford Wadler) of Bio-Rad Laboratories, a life-sciences company headquartered in the San Francisco area.  Wadler claimed that he was wrongfully terminated and retaliated against for reporting his… Read More

The Danger of Social Media as Outlet for Political Thought

You can’t log onto social media without being exposed to someone’s opinion on politics.  And, normally, I would say that’s fine.  The ability to talk about what you believe and why you believe it can be extremely productive.  Often, these discussions can spark progress and understanding.  That being said, “freedom of speech” does not protect… Read More

Supreme Court to Determine Enforceability of Class Action Waivers

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court consolidated and granted review of the following cases: National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.; Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis; Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris. All three of these cases address whether class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements are enforceable.  Currently, the law… Read More

EEOC publishes new resource on Mental Health Conditions

Last month (12/16), the EEOC published a new document on mental health conditions in the workplace. It is entitled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights”.  It is rather short, and it is helpful for both employers and employees to read.  If you don’t read it, at least check… Read More