Client Featured in The Nation’s Article on Rampant Sexual Harassment at McDonald’s

In its recent issue, The Nation Magazine highlights rampant sexual harassment at McDonald’s restaurants.  The featured article, McDonald’s Has a Real Sexual Harassment Problem, recounts the stories of several McDonald’s employees who suffered egregious sexual harassment at work, including a Patterson Harkavy client, Lois Jones.  Jones is one of dozens of employees across the

Patterson Harkavy files suit challenging constitutionality of NC private school voucher scheme

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of seven North Carolina parents challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s private school voucher program.  The suit is supported by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the National Education Association (NEA). Officially known as “Opportunity Scholarships,” the North Carolina private school

DES announces that it is ready to accept claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) announced that individuals can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning on April 24, 2020. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal unemployment insurance program for people who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 and not eligible for state

Immigrant worker’s rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

The National Employment Law Project recently published a document answering frequently asked questions (FAQ) from immigrant workers and their advocates regarding COVID-19-related issues.  Among other things, the FAQ emphasizes that all workers, regardless of immigration status, have the right to engage in protected concerted activity for mutual aid or protection regarding

Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 134 providing furloughed employees increased access to unemployment benefits

On April 20, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 134 “Allowing Businesses Flexibility to Make Payments That Assist Their Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  The Order allows employers to temporarily furlough employees and provide “COVID-19 Support Payments” without interfering with those employees’ eligibility for unemployment benefits.  An employer’s COVID-19 Support

NC Supreme Court rules in favor of Paul’s client, finds police officer violated Fourth Amendment in traffic stop

Last Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a decision in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In State v. Reed, the Court held that the trial court erred in denying a motion to suppress evidence uncovered in a traffic stop. The Court held that although the stop

Julian Betton receives additional $8.5 million to resolve police shooting lawsuit, bringing total recovery to $11.25 million

Today, Patterson Harkavy dismissed the remaining claims in Julian Betton’s lawsuit over a police shooting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after receiving an additional settlement of $8.5 million.  Betton had previously settled with other defendants for $2.75 million, bringing his total recovery to $11.25 million. On April 16, 2015, ten

Judge vacates Silent Sam judgment on grounds requested by UNC alumni represented by Patterson Harkavy

Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh represent 88 prominent UNC alumni who oppose UNC’s payment of $2.5 million to the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to settle a lawsuit about the disposition of the statue known as Silent Sam. On January 29, Patterson Harkavy filed an amicus brief arguing that the