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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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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 eg… Read More
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Elon faculty vote to unionize by wide margin

Last week, adjunct faculty at Elon University voted to unionize by nearly a 2-1 margin, with 112 votes in favor of the Union and 68 in opposition. The faculty will affiliate with SEIU Workers United Southern Region, and will now move forward scheduli… Read More
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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 lo… Read More
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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 Coun… Read More
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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 attor… Read More
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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 th… Read More
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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… Read More
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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 prof… Read More
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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 rep… Read More
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