The McDonalds Coffee Cup Case

By Eugene Lee |

Are there too many lawsuits in the US? Are there too many plaintiffs who are just trying to game the system and hit the judicial jackpot? Are there too many frivolous lawsuits like the McDonald’s coffee cup lady weighing down the economy? If you’re like most people, you probably answered yes. But as usual, the…

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Yours Truly Will Be MIA for 3 Weeks

By Eugene Lee |

Sorry folks but it looks like I won’t be posting here for a while. I’m about to head into 3 straight weeks of back-to-back depositions (lawyer-speak for witness interviews in a lawsuit). For the non-lawyers out there, that’s a LOT of depos. I’ll get back to posting as soon as the craziness lets up. Until…

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Thank You to Michael Fox of “Jottings by an Employer’s Lawyer”

By Eugene Lee |

Michael Fox runs one of the oldest and most respected employment law blogs (blawgs?) in the business, "Jottings by an Employer’s Lawyer" . He was blogging long before it became fashionable. I’ve been a regular reader of his blog and a fan. Recently, Michael got nostalgic and posted this entry: "6 Years, 1800 Posts and…

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Arbitration Works Better than Lawsuits . . . But for Whom?

By Eugene Lee |

This gem of an editorial appeared in the Wall Street Journal: "Arbitration Works Better than Lawsuits" . The author is a lawyer at Hogan & Hartson, an 800+ lawyer law firm whose enviable roster of clients reads like a who’s who of Fortune 500 companies: Alcatel Space,

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‘Desk Rage’ on the Rise

By Eugene Lee |

If you thought ‘road rage’ was a problem, make way for ‘desk rage’. According to this Reuters report, “Desk rage spoils workplace for many Americans” , anger in the workplace is on the rise. And it isn’t just about ‘going postal’. The article contains some startling statistics – of the workers who responded to research…

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Former CIA Operative Sues Agency for Suppressing WMD Intelligence

By Eugene Lee |

It takes a lot of courage for an employee to stand up to their employer when asked to break the law or look the other way. For those who choose to Do the Right Thing, the decision typically wreaks havoc on their jobs, their careers, their marriages, their finances – on their

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Bigotry Gets Subtle – Code Word Slurs in the Workplace

By Eugene Lee |

Do you know what a "reggin" is? Tomeika Broussard didn’t either, but when her supervisor called her a "reggin", she suspected it was something bad. Later, she figured out what it was: the n-word spelled backward. Broussard filed a complaint

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H1-B Visa Workers: Know Your Rights

By Eugene Lee |

I had an interesting call from a client today. Let’s call him Roger. Roger is originally from India but had recently come to California to work for a software company on an H1-B visa, a special visa to allow foreigners with special skills to work in the US. Company X paid for his airplane ticket,…

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Respected Judge Posts Sex Images Online

By Eugene Lee |

As you may know, California falls within the jurisdiction of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the chief judge of that court is one Alex Kozinski. A brilliant jurist, he was first appointed to the Court by Reagan at the tender age of 35, making him the youngest federal appeals

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Shocker – U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employees!

By Eugene Lee |

The U.S. Supreme Court has been decidedly anti-employee and pro-employer ever since Dubya-appointed Justices Roberts and Alito joined the bench. The Supreme Court’s infamous and awful Ledbetter v Goodyear ruling (and Congress’s voting down of the law intended to overturn Ledbetter) seemed to be clarion call

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