Fourth Circuit discusses employers’ duty to combat hostile work environments created by third parties

Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor a plaintiff filing suit over a racially hostile work environment.  The plaintiff, an African American flight attendant with United Airlines, received a racist death threat in her company mailbox.  The mailboxes were only accessible to United employees.  When she complained, her employer conducted a perfunctory

Court of Appeals rules in favor of Narendra’s client, vacating criminal conviction

Yesterday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued a published opinion in favor of Narendra Ghosh’s client Kenneth Leak.  The Court vacated Mr. Leak’s conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon, finding that it was obtained in a manner that violated Mr. Leak’s rights under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mr. Leak had

Fourth Circuit expands protections for harassment victims

Yesterday afternoon, the Fourth Circuit issued an en banc decision supporting the rights of workplace harassment victims.  See Boyer-Liberto v. Fountainebleau Corporation, No. 13-1473 (May 7, 2015).  The opinion offers important insight into what level of harassment is sufficient to support a claim over a hostile work environment, the scope of victims’ protections when they

Burton argues constitutionality of private school vouchers before North Carolina Supreme Court

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy attorney Burton Craige appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina, arguing that the state’s recently-enacted private school voucher scheme violates the North Carolina Constitution. The voucher scheme uses taxpayer funds to pay the tuition of private school students.  The vast majority of schools funded by the program are religious institutions, many

Patterson Harkavy files suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office alleging First Amendment violation

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of former deputy sheriff Jeffrey Randleman. The suit alleges that Mr. Randleman served as a law enforcement officer in the sheriff’s office for 22 years, with an exemplary record.  In August 2014, he was subpoenaed by the United States Department of Justice

Suit against McDonald’s garners international attention

Last week, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against McDonald’s on behalf of former employees who were fired after being told “there are too many black people in the store.”  The workers allege a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment at three McDonald’s restaurants in Virginia.  Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith represent

Narendra appears before the Court of Appeals, arguing tenure repeal unconstitutional

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, arguing that the General Assembly’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated teachers’ rights under the North Carolina Constitution and the United States Constitution. For over forty years, North Carolina public school teachers have been able to earn “career status” after successful completion

Patterson Harkavy sues McDonald’s for race discrimination, sexual harassment

Patterson Harkavy filed suit today on behalf of a group of former McDonald’s employees who were fired after being told “there are too many black people in the store.”  The workers allege a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment at three McDonald’s restaurants in Virginia. The suit, filed by 10 former workers,