Patterson Harkavy files class action alleging that recovery treatment centers exploited residents for unpaid labor

Patterson Harkavy and co-counsel, the NC Justice Center and Outten & Golden LLP, filed a class and collective action lawsuit on behalf of individuals struggling to overcome substance abuse and addiction who assert that they were exploited by a local recovery center for unpaid labor. According to the suit, Recovery Connections Community has escaped public

Patterson Harkavy obtains settlement valued at more than $600,000 in First Amendment retaliation suit

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy dismissed the lawsuit it filed on behalf of Jeffrey Randleman after Mr. Randleman received a settlement of cash and benefits valued at more than $600,000. Mr. Randleman had worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office for more than twenty years until Sheriff Johnson fired him in 2014, shortly

Federal court rules in favor of labor union, awards Patterson Harkavy attorneys’ fees

United States District Judge Terrence Boyle issued an order last Friday finding in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s client, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 465, and ordering the defendant-employer to pay the union’s attorneys’ fees. The case originated from the employer’s termination of one of the union’s shop stewards.  Patterson Harkavy attorney Mike Okun

Duke graduate workers file for union election

Last week, Duke’s graduate student workers 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 student workers. In August, the National Labor Relations Board recognized that students employed by their universities were

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