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Hostile Work Environment with Marc and Dennis
Listen to employment law attorney Ann Fromholz on the Marc and Dennis podcast.
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When Hollywood Offspring Land Industry Internships: "There's a Pay-It-Forward Expectation"
Hollywood felt pretty self-satisfied when Malia Obama famously interned on the set of HBO's Girls in summer 2015 and then later at The Weinstein Co. (pre-Harvey scandal, of course). But generally, when powerful kids leverage their family name to get a foot in the door, the company tries to keep it quiet, as when Vice President Mike Pence's daughter was welcomed in UTA's agent trainee program this fall (she since has been promoted to full-time assistant).
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High Court Docket: Unions, Overtime
The Supreme Court's decisions on two upcoming employment-law cases could end up weakening organized labor and impacting overtime for some workers, legal experts say.

Legal experts say the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions in two employment-law cases involve a pair of hot-button topics: labor unions and overtime.
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Here's how to help if you witness sexual harassment at work
The most effective thing to do, one employment lawyer says, is to take contemporaneous notes.

The bystander effect is real: For instance, ousted NBC anchor Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct was “not a secret among other employees at ‘Today,’” several unnamed sources told Variety.
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Ann Fromholz participates in California Lawyer's 2017 Employment Roundtable
Every year, California Lawyer assembles a group of California's top employment attorneys, including Ann Fromholz, to discuss the most pressing issues that relate to California employers.
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Investigating When A Complaining Employee Won’t Cooperate
Earlier this year, an executive with a real estate developer alerted the company’s general counsel that comments and rumors about her sex life that were circulating throughout the company, from hourly employees and assistants to the C­suite, were so personally and professionally damaging that she was too upset to work.
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Weinstein Scandal Widens in Hollywood
As the grim scope of the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein continued to expand Wednesday, the organization that bestows the Academy Awards moved to distance itself from the film mogul, Ben Affleck was forced to defend his own previous actions, and scrutiny fell on who knew what about the Weinstein's behavior over the decades it allegedly took place.
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When Does a Sexual Advance Amount to Sexual Harassment? An Attorney Explains
In the Harvey Weinstein situation, an actor or crew member working on a film that he produced, or any person working at The Weinstein Co., would be an employee under the law.
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Rose McGowan implores Jeff Bezos to 'stop funding rapists.' Meanwhile, Amazon suspends studio head amid harassment claim
The scandal enveloping Hollywood grew wider Thursday when actress Rose McGowan accused movie producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her, and then pleaded with one of America’s most powerful business titans — Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos — to end his company’s alleged involvement in a culture of exploitation and abuse.
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Harvey Weinstein Scandal Spurs Lawmakers To Go After Nondisclosure Agreements
A pair of New York lawmakers are aiming to end the sort of confidentiality agreements that shield workplace sexual harassment and that have been cited in the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal.
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The legal fallout from the mushrooming Weinstein sex scandal could be big
The mounting sexual assault and harassment claims against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein could have severe legal consequences for the executive and his already struggling namesake company.
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Fox’s Suddenly Swift Action on Harassment Claims: “The Pendulum Has Swung the Other Way”
Ousted Fox Sports exec Jamie Horowitz preps a lawsuit and Fox Business anchor Charles Payne vows to fight allegations of sex bias as the Murdochs adopt a “zero tolerance” policy in the wake of the Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly scandals and payouts.
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More big firms hit with sex discrimination suits
Steptoe & Johnson LLP has become the latest of several national law firms to be hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit from a former employee alleging pay disparity between male and female partners and a lack of female partnership promotions.
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Ann Fromhjolz Named Fellow to Top Employment Lawyers' Group
Top employment attorney Ann Fromholz, an expert workplace investigator, has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (COLEL).
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Booze, Sex and Legal Drama: How the ‘Bachelor’ Scandal Could Reshape Reality TV
An allegation of sexual misconduct could put producers on notice that they’re responsible for contestant behavior on set, “even if it might make for great TV.”
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What To Do When A Workplace Investigation Jumps The Tracks
Much like other types of investigations, a workplace investigation can unearth all kinds of unexpected information.
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The “Dead Man’s Statute” isn’t Johnny Depp’s latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie
It’s a rule of evidence—adopted in many states, including New York—that could help 21st Century Fox attorneys mount an effective defense in the raft of sexual harassment suits it's facing...
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How Roger Ailes' Death Could Complicate Legal Claims Over His Fox News Tenure
The internal investigation should be clear-cut, but lawsuits raise complex questions about hearsay.
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Fox’s Handling Of O’Reilly Complaints — A Cautionary Tale
When a major star and moneymaker has a history of sexually harassing employees, the company may...
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When do you need an outside investigator?
Many employee complaints can seem very sensitive. Lewd stares, blatant harassment, allegations of criminal...
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Jeweler’s Handling of Employee Complaints Far From Sterling
Sterling Jewelers, the parent company of Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers, recently saw its...
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Harassment at work can take many forms
Businesses are under increasing scrutiny these days, whether it’s financial scrutiny, monitoring of conflict-of-interest issues...
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When the Workplace Grievance is Too Hot to Handle
More and more often, employers receive employee complaints ranging from informal grievances of harassment...
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Is Holder’s New Calif. Job Unconstitutional?
By hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as outside counsel, California may be signaling that it will take a...