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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… 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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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 for… 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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Patterson Harkavy files suit against the Alamance County Sheriff's Office alleging First Amendment violation

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of former deputy sheriff Jeffrey Randleman. The suit alleges that Mr. Randleman served as a law enforcement officer in the sheriff’s office for 22… Read More
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Suit against McDonald's garners international attention

Last week, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against McDonald’s on behalf of former employees who were fired after being told “there are too many black people in the store.” The workers allege a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discrimina… Read More
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Patterson Harkavy sues McDonald's for race discrimination, sexual harassment

Patterson Harkavy filed suit today on behalf of a group of former McDonald’s employees who were fired after being told “there are too many black people in the store.” The workers allege a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discriminati… 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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Patterson Harkavy supports fast food workers engaged in strikes, civil disobedience

On September 4, thousands fast food workers went on strike and engaged in civil disobedience for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union without fear of retaliation. Workers across North Carolina joined in the fight, go… Read More
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