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 opinion contains an important discussion of employers’ responsibility to combat hostile work environments created by anonymous third parties. The plaintiff in the case, an African American flight attendant with United Airlines, received an anonymous racist

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

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

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,

Jon Harkavy presents annual paper on SCOTUS Employment Law decisions

On October 24th, at the 30th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law CLE held in Asheville, NC, Jon Harkavy presented his 2013-2014 annual review of the Supreme Court’s employment law cases.  His paper is entitled “2014 Supreme Court Employment Law Commentary.”  (Please download his article here.) Introduction: The October 2013 Term of the Supreme Court

Patterson Harkavy supports fast food workers engaged in strikes, civil disobedience

On September 4, thousands fast food workers went on strike and engaged in civil disobedience for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union without fear of retaliation.  Workers across North Carolina joined in the fight, going on strike in cities including Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, and Goldsboro. Many of North Carolina’s

Judge Hobgood issues written order declaring tenure repeal unconstitutional

Yesterday, Judge Hobgood issued an order putting into effect his prior ruling enjoining the repeal of teacher tenure in North Carolina.  The ruling rolls back the General Assembly’s attempt to retroactively eliminate public school teachers’ employment protections.   It also relieves school districts of the obligation to offer 25% of their teachers a small raise if