Victory: North Carolina Supreme Court rules tenure repeal unconstitutional

Today, the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously held that the General Assembly’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated teachers’ rights under the United States Constitution.  The ruling restores the rights of teachers who earned tenure before July  26, 2013. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Burton Craige represented the plaintiffs, a group of North Carolina

Court denies motion to dismiss First Amendment claim against sheriff’s office

Last year, Patterson Harkavy filed federal suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of former deputy sheriff Jeffrey Randleman.  The suit alleges that Mr. Randleman was fired for testifying truthfully about alleged racial profiling within the Sheriff’s Department, and that this constituted unconstitutional retaliation against Mr. Randleman. Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder

Duke Faculty file for union election

This morning, non-tenure track faculty at Duke University took the first step to forming a labor union by filing a recognition petition with the National Labor Relations Board.  Patterson Harkavy attorneys Mike Okun, Narendra Ghosh, and Paul Smith represent the faculty. Duke faculty have already formed Duke Teaching First, an organization of non-tenure track faculty

Mike Okun Recognized as Legal Elite in Employment Law

In June of last year, Business North Carolina magazine asked over 23,000 lawyers in the North Carolina Bar to select the state’s top lawyer in various fields.  In its January 2016 edition, the magazine recognized Patterson Harkavy attorney Mike Okun as the top vote-getter in the field of Employment Law. Mike represents unions and individuals with

Mike Okun presents Jon Harkavy’s annual paper on SCOTUS Employment Law decisions

On October 23rd, at the 31th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law CLE held in Isle of Palms, SC, Mike Okun presented Jon Harkavy’s 2013-2014 annual review of the Supreme Court’s employment law cases.  Jon’s paper is entitled “2015 Supreme Court Employment Law Commentary.” Introduction: Appearances can, indeed, be deceiving: The October 2014 Term of

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

Victory: Court of Appeals finds tenure repeal unconstitutional

Earlier this week, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s clients, finding that the state’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated 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 of

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