Outten & Golden LLP Employment Law Blog—Nicholas Sikon
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers shrinks Dodd-Frank's protections against workplace retaliation for corporate whistleblowers.
The once robust statute now leaves a gaping hole for those employees in the private sector who report securities related violations to their employer. Now, after the Supreme Court's ruling, employees are required to report directly to the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to avail themselves of legal protection under the statute - internal reporting is no longer enough.
When Monica Harwell begana program that trained women to work at Con Edison, the energy utility provider for New York, she thought her dreams of having a job working outdoors would finally be realized.
She learned to climb utility poles, received electrical training and assisted other workers in the field. Harwell was one of the first women on her team and one of the sole black employees working with crews that were almost all male and white.
But the experience came at a price.
"People had bets on me," Harwell said in an interview with CNNMoney. "They...
Some restaurant employers are scrambling to provide new accommodations for nursing mothers to satisfy a little known requirement in the federal health care reform enacted in March.
Specifically, all employers are required to provide a private place for nursing mothers to express milk effective immediately, according to legal experts.
"The requirements of the new law are quite simple: A mother who is nursing her child is entitled to take reasonable breaks each time she needs to express milk, and her employer must provide a private place--other than a bathroom--to do so," said...
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. allegedly violated federal, state, and city laws when it fired an employee who became disabled after a motor vehicle accident, according to the law firm Outten & Golden LLP.
Kiki Paris, former Senior Director of National Accounts for Body & Soul Magazine, which is owned by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. MSO, filed the complaint in New York federal court Tuesday.
According to the complaint, Ms. Paris, a 53-year-old Manhattan resident, had generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue for Body & Soul prior to being...