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Jon Harkavy publishes 2020 Supreme Court Review

This week, Jon Harkavy published his annual Supreme Court Commentary concerning the October 2020 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court. The article summarizes cases on labor and employment law issues as well as a number of non-employment decisions likely to… Read More
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State v. Steele: What is a Law Enforcement Show of Authority?

“The issue in this case is whether a driver is ‘seized’ within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment when he is tailed by a marked police cruiser down empty streets at 3 a.m., followed into an empty parking lot, and then hailed down by the office… Read More
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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… Read More
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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 create… Read More
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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… Read More
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Narendra presents paper on proving disability in Workers' Compensation disputes

At a recent CLE addressing North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law put on by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Narendra Ghosh gave a presentation based on his paper “Proving Disability in Workers’ Compensation Cases.”… Read More
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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 “20… Read More
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Win for Burton and Narendra: Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of District Attorney Tracey Cline

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court order removing Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline from her office. In re Cline, __ N.C. App. ___, 749 S.E.2d 91 (2013). Patterson Harkavy attorney Burton Craige acted as court appointe… Read More
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Court of Appeals Rejects REDA Claim by Pro Se Plaintiff

In Fatta v M & M Properties Management, Inc. the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard an appeal by a pro se plaintiff of the trial court’s granting of summary judgement. Plaintiff worked for the company in one of their hotels as a property… Read More
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The 4th Circuit CoA Ruled that the EEOC could be Estopped in an ADA Enforcement Action

In EEOC v. Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Inc., Michael Turner was a unit secretary at GBMC who suffered multiple serious health conditions in 2005 that first required hospitalization in January 2005. He was out of the work for most of the year an… Read More
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