Lamberton Law Blog

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We have moved! Check out our new office!

With the Gulf Tower converting to residential, we acquired new office space at the Summerfield Office Commons. It was a great 25 years in the Golden Triangle, but we are so happy with the new space. A big shout out to Sebastian at Forty Two Company and all the great people at South Hills Movers!

Medical leave as a reasonable accommodation

We often receive calls from employees and employers about unpaid medical leave from work. Callers want to know whether an employee who has a serious health condition under the FMLA, but who cannot return to work after 12 weeks of FMLA leave, has any additional legal protections. The answer is...

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Sexual assault charges mount against Kavanaugh

One thing I have learned in 22 years of practice is that when it comes to sexual assault in the workplace, where there is smoke, there is fire. In every sexual assault case I've handled, the perpetrator assaulted multiple victims. In one negligent hiring case, the perpetrator who sexually...

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John Oliver tackles Sexual Harassment at Work

Workplace sexual harassment is real; it happens, and it happens a lot. Study after study has shown that it is one of the most harmful, traumatic power abuses that can be perpetrated against a victim. There's no understating the seriousness of the problem, or how poorly the legal system, the...

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We litigate sexual harassment and assault cases

Women now make up about half the U.S. workforce, yet remain underrepresented in management and in the C-suite. With smartphones, text messages, social media, there are more ways than ever for supervisors and co-workers to sexually harass women at work (and even outside of work). If you or...

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Huge court win for #MeToo

In Minarsky v. Susquehanna County, 2018 WL 3234243 (3d Cir. July 3, 2018), the Third Circuit reversed summary judgment for the employer because a jury could find that the sexual harassment victim was reasonable in not reporting the harassment for four years. In a footnote that will be cited...

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Forms of sexual harassment at work

Ken Cooper recently outlined what he called the "six levels" of sexual harassment. His summary is useful and worth walking through. But he omits an important feature of sexual harassment present in many, many cases: implicit or explicit threats of retaliation if the victim reports the...

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Give Mayor Peduto credit and room to lead on Amazon

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has unfairly and naively criticized Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for his efforts to persuade Amazon to locate its second headquarters in the Steel City. His plan is too secretive, the newspaper says, as though business negotiations of this kind are conducted...

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Sexual harassment takes toll on health

Epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston has spent years studying women who have suffered sexual abuse and harassment. She finds that over time, sexual harassment works like a poison, stiffening women's blood vessels, worsening blood flow and harming the inner lining of their hearts. More than a dozen...

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Any sexual contact without consent is sexual assault

ANY sexual contact without consent is sexual assault. Speak out. Break the silence. Call 412-258-2250 Text 412-498-4120

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Sexual harassment at work - how to take back your power

Sexual harassment can make a woman feel powerless. But you can take back your power and we can help. Call, email or text us if you have been sexually harassed at work. And in the meantime, remember these tips: Speak up. Tell the harasser his conduct is not professional and not welcome...

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Sexual harassment at work - what you need to know

What is workplace sexual harassment? Sexual harassment in the workplace is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of unwanted behaviors. This includes nonphysical harassment, including suggestive remarks and gestures, or requests for sexual favors. Physical harassment includes touches...

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EEOC's Public Portal online now

Today, employment attorneys and the public watched as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched an EEOC Public Portal to provide online access to individuals inquiring about discrimination. "This secure online system makes the EEOC and an individual's charge information...

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What to do when you're terminated

Verify the reason for your termination If you were fired, attempt to obtain a written statement of the reason(s) for your termination. If you cannot obtain a statement in writing ask your supervisor or manger to tell you the reason. Then write down for yourself the stated reason and include the...

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Equifax proves case against forced arbitration

By David Dayen, The Intercept - EQUIFAX, THE CREDIT REPORTING BUREAU that on Thursday admitted one of the largest data breaches in history, affecting 143 million U.S. consumers, is maneuvering to prevent victims from banding together to sue the company, according to consumer protection advocates...

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IBM collective action waivers and private arbitration

Is IBM ingenious or has it shot itself in the head? Time and the Supreme Court will soon tell. As those following IBM's force reductions over the last few years already know, IBM stopped asking its terminated older workers for releases of their federal age discrimination claims in 2014. By not...

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