Author Archives: Carmon Harvey

Carmon Harvey

About: Carmon Harvey

Carmon is the co-leader of LeClairRyan’s national labor and employment team. She focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, including wage and hour issues, hiring, firing, employee discipline, federal and state discrimination laws, sexual and other prohibited harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), trade secrets and non-compete agreements, and grievance arbitration.

Mixed Messages on LGBT Protections

NYC Guidelines Strengthen Transgender Protections in Employment; NC Law Eliminates Local LGBT Protections Altogether.  Confused, Anyone? I don’t envy employers these days. It ain’t easy staying on top of all of the federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations out there at the moment. And if you’re an employer with employees in multiple states across our great country, forget about it. (On second thought, don’t forget about it, just delegate figuring that mess out to your favorite employment lawyer.) Case-in-point, the many and varied laws out there regarding the protections afforded LGBT employees.

I Resolve . . . Not to Get Sued for Religious Discrimination and Harassment

As we close the books on 2015, fueled in no small part by the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the immigration crisis in Europe, our own crazy election-cycle politics, etc., etc., there is a palpable anti-Muslim rhetoric that’s plowing its way through social media and, quite possibly, making its way right to your company water cooler. And, as if we needed more fuel for the fire, religious awareness (and sometimes, real or perceived religious intolerance) is heightened during the holiday season. It’s an employer’s perfect [snow]storm. As put mildly by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), terrorist …

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It Ain’t Over…Managing Weighty Workers Before They Manage You

Because this is exactly what you want to hear after you’ve gorged yourself on turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie over the last several days . . . Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control issued a report confirming what we already know: Americans are getting bigger, but not necessarily better. Bigger, as in, time to cut out the butter. According to the CDC’s report, nearly 38% of Americans are considered obese (defined as anyone with a BMI ≥ 30). Add to that the American Medical Association’s recognition in 2013 of obesity as a disease and you are talking about …

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“Like” It or Not, It’s Protected Activity Under the NLRA

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times:  “It’s employment at will in this state.  I can fire my employees for any reason or no reason at all.”  Well, if that “any reason” or “no reason” has something to do with social-media based condemnation of your company, you might want to think again before permanently “unfriending” your employee. This past week, the Second Circuit affirmed an NLRB ruling that an employee’s Facebook post criticizing her employer (the “Triple Play Bar and Grille”) in connection with its income tax withholding practices (trying to keep this post PG, but …

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Union or Not, the NLRB Has Employers (and Their Employee Handbooks) In Its Sights

Here’s something that often comes as a surprise to my clients with a non-union employee base: the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) likely applies even without any union employees. Yep – you read that right. In fact, the NLRA’s application is quite broad, covering the vast majority of private employers in the United States. And because there aren’t already enough rules and regulations that employers need to comply with (read that again, with sarcasm), the NLRB has been making things even more difficult for employers lately, paging through employee handbooks and going line by line to find potential issues. In …

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Gimme a W!  Gimme an A!  Gimme a G!  Gimme an E!  What’s that Spell?!? . .

NFL cheerleaders are one of the more recent groups to Bring It On! in the form of wage and hour litigation for the alleged failure of their teams to pay them a minimum wage. In fact, to date, cheerleaders from five NFL teams have filed lawsuits against their respective teams alleging that they were not paid a legal wage for the time spent rehearsing, performing, and appearing at events. These spirit spreaders allege that they received little – and, in some cases, no – compensation for their heavy pompon lifting. The litigating squads include the Raiderettes, the Ben-Gals, the Tampa …

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Don’t Turn Unemployment Compensation Into Unemployment Complication

Unemployment comp.  Not the sexiest of topics.  But I get a lot of questions from employers on the issue, the appropriate resolution of which would spare me a lot of stress when a termination-related case lands on my desk.  (After all, this is all about me, right?) The proper handling of unemployment compensation claims also might save an employer – and its EPLI carrier – a fair bit of moolah if the termination ends up the subject of litigation.  So, even if you don’t care about my well-being, you’ll still want to read on. Should Employers Appeal UC Decisions? First, …

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Pregnant Dancers are Sexy and They Know It

In considering a motion for summary judgment that may have been written just so I could write about it, in Berry v. The Great American Dream, Inc. (No. 13-CV-3297-TWT), the Northern District of Georgia decided – once and for all – that pregnant women can be sexy. Now, you might be thinking – what circumstances could possibly have caused a court to consider that question and come to that conclusion? In comes The Great American Dream, Inc. d/b/a PinUps.  (Yes, another stripper case.) Two months after she became pregnant, Pin Ups terminated one of its dancers who left work early …

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To Grant Leave or Not to Grant Leave…That is the Question

Employers covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act often are surprised to find out that the onus is on them to provide eligible employees notice of FMLA rights in the event of a qualifying absence and to properly designate that absence as leave under the FMLA.  (As if employers don’t have enough on their plates…) The FMLA entitles an eligible employee to leave if the employee has a “serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the position of such employee.” Well, what does that mean? A “serious health condition” is “an illness, injury, …

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Calling all Office Romeos…to Sexual Harassment Training

In television courtroom drama style, all over the legal news this past week we’ve seen updates from the trial in Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi (Case No. 1:13-cv-01669, S.D.N.Y), a case brought by a junior female associate against her former law firm.  In an ode to what we would like to think as “days [long] gone by,” the associate alleged that in the few months she was employed with the firm, a firm partner engaged in repeated sexual harassment of her and then sexually assaulted her at the firm holiday party.  Faruqi defended on the grounds that all sexual interaction …

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