Employment Blog

How the New Virginia Laws Impact Employees
In the News, Pregnancy Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Whistleblower

Over the past few months, despite the overwhelming pressure placed on lawmakers and laypeople alike by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has made major strides against discrimination in the workplace. As of July 1, 2020, the Virginia Values Act has gone...

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It’s 2020. Why is Workplace Discrimination Against Black People Still a Problem?
Race Discrimination

  Discrimination and inequality in the workplace are some of the more damaging forms of injustice. They directly impact an individual’s professional opportunities which can also affect that individual’s access to essential resources and overall quality of life. One of...

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NY Woman Fired for Racist Off-Duty Behavior in Central Park: Business and Legal Considerations
In the News, Race Discrimination

  By now you’ve probably heard about Amy Cooper who had a confrontation with Christian Cooper (no relation) in Central Park. In case you haven’t, Ms. Cooper (who is white) called the police on Mr. Cooper (who is black) after...

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Secret Service Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit for $24 Million
Race Discrimination

The U.S. Secret Service is an elite law enforcement agency trusted to investigate financial crimes. It’s probably best known for its responsibility to protect the President of the United States and other important officials. However, despite being such an honored and...

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The Society for Human Resources Management: 7 Myths About National Origin Discrimination
Age Discrimination, In the News, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Surviving Workplace Investigations

January 26, 2017 Common National Origin Discimination Myths Myth: Conducting an investigation when allegations of a hostile work environment are made will insulate the company from liability. Fact: Claims still may be brought despite investigations, noted Tom Spiggle, founder of The Spiggle...

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Refusal to Hire Because of Dreadlock Hairstyle Deemed Legal by Appellate Court
Race Discrimination

This blog is a guest post by Spiggle Law Firm partner Phillis h. Rambsy. I cannot escape the topic of hair. As a black woman who works in a “professional services” industry, I often get questions about my hair, ranging...

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Can Employers Use Affirmative Action to Boost Diversity?
Advice, Race Discrimination

Affirmative action—few other topics will result in a more heated debate. However, with the recent Supreme Court decision Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirmative action has been declared constitutional, at least to increase diversity in schools. But what...

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Reporting Workplace Discrimination: Why It’s Important
Age Discrimination, Is It Worth It?, Race Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Surviving Workplace Investigations

Things are not going well for you at work. Almost every day, you face various forms of unprofessional and harassing conduct from your co-workers. Based on the comments you have heard and the differences in treatment between you and other...

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Can I Sue for Discrimination for Not Getting Promoted?
Age Discrimination, Equal Pay, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sex Discrimination

A failure to promote may be the basis of a lawsuit if the facts and law line up on your side. To have a valid discrimination claim against a present or past employer, you would need to show that there...

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The Huffington Post: North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law is Senseless — And Sinister
In the News, Pregnancy Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

April 1, 2016 It’s easy to ridicule North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, but it’s actually very disturbing. The idea that Tar Heel politicians felt such an urgent need to start policing bathrooms that they held an emergency session inspires mockery,...

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