The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to bless class action waivers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis was seen as a clear-cut win for employers, but on its first birthday, practitioners say the decision's impact has been muted as businesses weigh the potential costs of arbitration and growing public backlash against denying workers a day in court.
A California appeals court decision sinking Winston & Strawn LLP's arbitration agreement with a former attorney suing the firm for discrimination will encourage "for hire" lawyers and others outside firms' power structures to fight contracts that seek to block legal disputes from reaching the courtroom, experts say.
Silicon Valley is still reeling from Chang’s book, which was published earlier this year, in which she claims to expose the tech industry’s “secretive, orgiastic dark side”. “From drug-fuelled orgies to the freewheeling sex lives pursued by men in tech - from the elite down to the rank and file - have consequences for how business gets done in Silicon Valley,” she writes.
Outten & Golden LLP partner Juno Turner is quoted in this article about a new bill, proposed by two female senators of different parties, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called the EMPOWER Act (Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace Harassment through Education and Reporting), that would seriously curtail the ability of sexual harassers to use NDAs to shield themselves from consequences.