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Jennifer Spencer, attorney and advocate for employee rights, has been named to the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This year is her eighth year of recognition on the annual list. Additionally, M. Neal Bridges was named to the publication’s “Ones to Watch” list for labor and employment litigation. M. Neal Bridges Jennifer Spencer Based on a process that combines independent research and peer feedback, Best Lawyers selects the highest-rated attorneys across the country for inclusion on the annual list. Attorneys are prohibited from paying for a spot on the list. “Ones to Watch” follows a similar…
On June 30, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction of well-known comedian (and once “America’s father”) Bill Cosby. The decision followed decades of litigation and was one of the first major wins of the #MeToo movement. While dozens of women accused Cosby of sexual assault, only one case, Andrea Constand’s, was within the statute of limitations at the time the criminal charges were filed in 2015. Proponents of the MeToo movement are (understandably) worried that Cosby’s release is a step backwards for victims of sexual assault. As attorneys who are well-versed in sexual assault and harassment litigation, we’d…
In 2019, we wrote about 10 executives who negotiated 24 karat golden parachutes. Little did we know how much the world would change over the next two years. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe and the United States saw steep economic declines as many businesses were forced to shut down in response to the public health crisis. As a result, many corporations that were once a household name filed bankruptcy or shut their doors permanently. However, this hasn’t stopped many executives from receiving the largest severance package possible. And with bankruptcies and workforce reductions come severance packages…
If you are terminated and your employer hands you a severance agreement, you’ll want to know your rights before you sign anything. More often than not, severance agreements are drafted by an employer’s lawyer with provisions to protect the employer and not you, the employee. In fact, many of these agreements ask you to give up many of your rights as an employee, such as your right to file a lawsuit or a claim with any employment oversight agencies. While you should still seek the advice of a lawyer before signing a severance agreement, here are the top 4 provisions…
Congratulations to Jennifer Spencer for being selected to D Magazine’s annual list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for her work in labor and employment law. “I’m honored to be included on the list once again,” said Ms. Spencer. “It’s become increasingly apparent in the last year and a half how important it is to have attorneys who advocate for a community’s workforce. A resource like the D Magazine list provides our clients with assurance that they’re working with trustworthy and effective counsel.” Selection to Best Lawyers in Dallas is based on a preliminary nominations process followed by an independent review…
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects you from the government interfering with your speech – meaning you can typically express opinions (even if they are offensive) without being arrested or charged with a crime. But that does not mean you can say whatever you want online without suffering consequences. It is an oft-cited misconception that freedom of expression (protected by the First Amendment) means you can say whatever you want, whenever you want. Sadly, this myth often leads people to post comments on social media they later regret. Private companies and employers can discipline or fire an employee…
There is a common misconception among employees that you cannot discuss your pay with others. In fact, employees’ right to discuss their salary is protected by law. While employers may restrict workers from discussing their salary in front of customers or during work, they cannot prohibit employees from talking about pay on their own time. In this article, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about salary discussions. We’ll also review the laws that protect salary discussions, as well as their exceptions and limitations. Let’s start by answering the most important question, “Can employers prohibit workers from discussing…
On March 2nd, Governor Abbott officially repealed Texas’ statewide mask mandate with an executive order, effective March 10. Many Texans and leaders of other states have criticized the measure. A Progress Texas poll found that Texans are almost evenly split on Texas’ re-opening and the repeal of the mask mandate. However, major metro areas like Dallas disapprove of the repeal by wide margins—likely because the more populated areas have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As employee rights attorneys, we are fielding a lot of questions about the recent changes to the mask mandate. In this post,…
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every facet of American life – and every facet of U.S. law to boot. As employee rights lawyers, we have seen the myriad ways coronavirus has impacted workers. Regulatory violations are on the rise and employees are blowing the whistle (where we get the term “whistleblower”) on corporate fraud and wrongdoing. Unfortunately, some of our current laws are not enough to protect whistleblowers during a pandemic. Here are just some of the events that illustrate the need for extra COVID-related whistleblower protection: Corporations are silencing employees from disclosing coronavirus outbreaks in the workplace Employees…
Employers and employees alike have had to comply with evolving health protocols as the world has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic. You have likely learned a number of new medical terms, been informed about symptoms, screening methods, and followed the rush to get most of the world vaccinated. One new term to add to our collective vocabulary is “antibody test.” In the interest of public health and safety, many workplaces have had to implement COVID-19 screening and protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the highly contagious (and deadly) virus. But can an employer require you to take a COVID-19…