The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis

The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis tackles employment law issues on the side of the employer (including litigation defense, handbook & contract drafting, compliance & HR advisory services, small business services, and startup services) and the employee (including discrimination, retaliation, FMLA violations, wrongful termination, benefits & vacation pay, FLSA violations such as unpaid & overtime wages, severance agreements, and sexual harassment). The firm blogs on the latest news and updates in employment law.

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Last month, the New York Times published an article mentioning a recent law that was passed in New Jersey regarding recreational marijuana usage. New Jersey residents voted to amend the state constitution and legalize the use of marijuana for adults 21 and older. The new bill is expected to take full effect on January 1st, 2021. New Jersey is anticipated to become one of the most prominent marijuana markets in the United States. This projection has…
Earlier this month, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) prosecutors accused Google of anti-union actions in violation of the NLRB’s ban on punishing workers for engaging in organizing activity. These accusations come a year after five Google employees filed a series of charges with the NLRB claiming that the company violated rights protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), such as terminating workers for organizing fellow employees. The board claims that Google violated federal labor…
After nearly 9 months since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the FDA has approved two vaccines. As more and more Americans get vaccinated, people are wondering whether employers can require all employees to be vaccinated before returning to the workplace. Some employers may want to force employees to be vaccinated to help ensure the safest working environment possible. But do employers have the right to dictate an employee’s medical choices? This is…
Last week, Pinterest agreed to settle a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by former Chief Operating Officer Françoise Brougher for $22.5 million, making it one of the largest publicly announced, individual gender discrimination settlements. Pinterest and Brougher have agreed to donate the $22.5 million to charities and organizations that promote and fund education and advocacy for women and minorities in the tech industry. Brougher’s lawyer, David Lowe, noted that this settlement stands out because…
Last October, New York City put Int. 136-A into place, a law that provides further legal protection for independent contractors and freelancers in NYC. The law allows for employment protections under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to be extended to independent contractors and freelancers, meaning that these workers can now bring harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other complaints to the NYC Commission on Human Rights or file a lawsuit in court. The law…
Last week, Amazon warehouse worker Michelle Posey filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the company of pregnancy and disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Both of these pieces of legislation protect employees from discrimination on the basis of a disability or pregnancy. According to Posey’s filing, Amazon routinely either ignores or drags its feet in responding to requests for workplace accommodations.…
Claims filed by soccer players of the U.S Women’s National Team (USWNT) alleging worse travel accommodations and working conditions than the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) have been settled according to court documents filed last week. As a result of this settlement, U.S. Soccer is amending its policies to include changes such as an equal number of charter flights for the men’s and women’s teams and an effort to have women’s matches played in top…
A severance agreement is a contract between you and your employer that outlines each of your responsibilities and rights when you are terminated from your job. Oftentimes, severance agreements are worded in ways that benefit the employer at the cost of the employee. An employment lawyer can assist in reviewing your severance agreement and, if necessary, negotiate the terms with your employer to ensure you know your rights and are maximizing your benefits.  What should…