Though decades have passed since equal pay legislation was first introduced, significant pay inequity persists across gender, race, ethnicity and other protected characteristics. According to the National Women's Law Center, women in New York typically make 88 cents for every dollar paid to men. For Black women, it's 65 cents, and for Latina women, it's 56 cents.
Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, April 2015, co-authored with Shirley Lin.
Restrictive Covenants and Partnership Agreements: Staying on the Right Side of the Ethics Rules While Protecting Firm Interests
Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, October 2013
Ethics Concerns When Computing in the Cloud and on the Earth
Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, November 2011
New Laws Expand Whistleblower Protections
Wayne N. Outten and Cara E. Greene, Employment Law Strategist, November 2011.
Whose Signature Is on the Check?
Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, November 2010
Family Responsibilities Discrimination in Law Firms
Cara E. Greene and Christopher Willett, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, July 2008
Arbitrability Of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Claims
This article explores the arguments presented by member firms and registered employees, and outlines what arbitration panels have decided. Laurence S. Moy. Pearl Zachlewski, Linda Neilan, and Katherine Blostein. The Neutral Corner, Newsletter of FINRA Neutrals, Volume 1, 2008.
Since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), arbitrators handling employment claims may be faced with a throny question concerning SOX whistleblower claims: Should a SOX claim be litigated in court or arbitrated? Ultimately, the question comes to whether SOX whistleblower claims constitute "employment discrimination" claims, and are thus exempt from arbitration under Rule 13201 of the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Industry Disputes (Code). This article explores the arguments presented by member firms and registered employees and outlines what arbitration panels have decided.
Whose Clients Are They? Contacting Putative Class Members
Cara E. Greene and Jill Maxwell, Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 35, No. 3, Spring 2007 www.abanet.org/labor
The prosecution and defense of class actions involve an abundance of ethical considerations. Attorneys must balance zealous advocacy with the governing rules of professional responsibility. For instance, ex parte communications are often an effective and cost-conscious way to glean information, but attorneys on both sides must consider whether contact with putative class members is permissible and, if so, what form that contact may take. With a little forethought, however, lawyers can ensure that they do not overstep ethics rules when contacting putative class members.
Challenges To Law Firm Mandatory-Retirement Policies
Employment law attorney Cara E. Greene writes about Challenges to Law Firm Mandatory-Retirement Policies. This article originally appeared in Law Journal Newsletters' Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms, February 2007. For more information, visit www.ljnonline.com. Authored with Gary Phelan.
A 2006 survey report indicated that 57% of law firms with 100 or more attorneys have mandatory retirement age policies. See, L. Jones “Pitfalls of Mandatory Law Firm Retirement,” National Law Journal, May 24, 2006. But legal challenges to mandatory retirement policies at law firms are likely to become more common as baby boomers reach retirement age.
The debate over whether a law firm can have a mandatory retirement age has focused on the threshold question of whether the “partner” is deemed an “employer” or an “employee.” For each class of lawyer, this article explores possible legal remedies.