The Lamberton Law Blog

Pittsburgh employment lawyer Charles A. Lamberton

Racism outrages jury, judge not so much
May 13, 2014
By: Charles Lamberton

Racist jokes supported a verdict against the employer in a  race-based hostile work environment claim under Section 1981, along with an award of compensatory and punitive damages, but judge knew better than jury what the damages should have been.  A tale of Fulmore v M & M Transport Services, Inc, April 29, 2014 (Pratt, T). […]

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Hat’s off to Hon. Mark R. Hornak, U.S. District Court Judge
March 7, 2014
By: Charles Lamberton

From the very first sentence of the Hon. Mark R. Hornak’s opinion in McClung et al. v. Songer Steel Services, Inc., No. 12-341, 2014 WL 793133 (W.D.Pa.), the reader knew they were in for a special treat:  “In this race discrimination suit, claims based solely on permissible inferences square off against an essentially vaporous defense […]

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Is your supervisor a “supervisor” under Title VII? Supreme Court to decide soon
December 1, 2012
By: Charles Lamberton

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will clarify who is a “supervisor” when it comes to Title VII sexual harassment litigation. Under current law, an employer is vicariously liable under Title VII for severe or pervasive workplace harassment by the supervisor. If the harasser is a co-worker, however, the employer cannot […]

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