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    Thursday Jan 22, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    Middle Class Economics: Obama Offers Workers a Helping Hand; Opponents Say Plan DOA

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama continued his recent efforts to help restore an endangered species in America. No, not the spotted owl; the working middle class. It’s no secret that blue collar workers have taken it on the chin since the dawn of the new millennium—indeed over the last 4 decades. According to a report last year from the Economic Policy Institute, executive pay […]

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    Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Iron Mountain Becomes a Pot of Gold

    Last month, Iron Mountain, an information storage company based in Boston, agreed to pay a staggering $44.5 million to settle claims that it fraudulently over-billed the federal government for record storage. The courageous plaintiffs in the whistleblower case, Patrick McKillop and Brent Stanley, will personally share in $8 million of the settlement. The settlement resolves allegations that Iron Mountain defrauded the government by entering into government contracts for record storage […]

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    Thursday Jan 08, 2015 | 1:01 pm

    Human Rights Investigator Finds Mass Layoff At Shaws’ Discriminated Against Older Workers

    As a civil rights lawyer, I like to say that I am hoping for the day that I am put out of business. Which is another way of saying that I’d like to live in a world totally free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated fairly and with dignity on the job. I’m pretty positive that won’t happen in my lifetime, but I am happy to say that […]

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    Tuesday Dec 23, 2014 | 9:44 am

    An Early Christmas Present: Justice Department Extends Protections For Transgender Workers

    On December 15, with little fanfare, the Department of Justice announced a policy change that could help protect transgender employees nationwide. US Attorney General Eric Holder stated in a legal memo that the DOJ will now take the position that Title VII, the federal law that bans employment discrimination based on sex, encompasses discrimination based on gender identity including transgender status. The announcement came quietly, in a two-page legal memo […]

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    Thursday Dec 18, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Workers Score Big Wage and Hour Wins in Maine, Around US

    There’s an old joke that goes “There’s two things Jews know about: guilt and Chinese food.” As a civil rights lawyer I probably shouldn’t be perpetuating stereotypes, but as a Jewish person I always laugh when I hear this joke because it strikes me as the truth. I won’t tell you about my guilt, but I will tell you I LOVE Chinese food. Unfortunately, until recently, while Maine had its […]

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    Tuesday Dec 16, 2014 | 9:22 am

    After a Bump In The Road, Another Chance For VW Workers To Make History

    About a month ago, my beloved Volkswagen Beetle, the car I’ve driven for the last 17 years, made its final trip. My VW Beetle had seen me through four years of college, two cross-country moves (from Boston to Berkeley and then, six years later, from Berkeley back to Maine), six Maine winters, and two children. My three year old daughter recently told me proudly that she liked my “buggy car” […]

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    Thursday Dec 11, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Time is Money—But Not If It’s Waiting Time Under Federal Wage Law!

    If you are like me, you hate waiting in lines. You look for the shortest line at the grocery checkout and at the bank (thank god for ATM cards), and by all means, don’t get caught in a traffic jam. One of the best things to me about living in Maine after having lived for a number of years in Washington, DC is not getting stuck in a morning or […]

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    Tuesday Dec 09, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Immigrant Workers Have Rights!

    Shortly before Thanksgiving, President Obama announced new executive action on immigration. The executive action grants temporary legal status for certain classes of undocumented immigrants – in particular, parents of US citizens or permanent residents who have lived here for at least five years, and older so-called “Dreamers” who arrived as children and are now in the US legally. President Obama’s announcement sparked a raging controversy. However, attacks on the President’s […]

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    Thursday Dec 04, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    Pregnant Moms Expecting Important Supreme Court Decision

    Almost every summer, I attend a conference of civil rights attorneys to discuss the latest developments in the law and to exchange ideas about how we can best represent our clients and stamp out discrimination. Most years, anywhere from 600-700 attorneys attend from all around the country. I don’t remember how the subject came up, but at one of the plenary sessions a few years ago, the speaker asked for […]

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