Archives for July 2014

ELS Partner Jamala S. McFadden Awarded The Trailblazer Award

Congratulations to ELS Partner Jamala McFadden on being awarded The Trailblazer Award by the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.  She was recognized at the Junius W. Williams Awards Luncheon on July 28, 2014.

10 Sins of Termination (#1 Time to Prevent Lawsuits)

Sin #1. Terminating Rashly in a Fit of Anger Boss: That’s the last straw, you’re out of here—and I mean now! There are at least three things wrong with an on-the-spot termination: People don’t make good decisions this way. There are many factors to considered before terminating. Being disrespectful encourages people to sue. Bottom line, […]

No Hostile Workplace Claim If Victims Oblivious: 11th Circ.

The Eleventh Circuit issued a precedential ruling Tuesday in an appeal by Austal USA LLC workers who saw their racial discrimination claims against the shipbuilder defeated by a lower court, holding that employees alleging an objectively hostile work environment cannot complain about conduct to which they were “oblivious.” The appeal came after 23 African-American current […]

4 Tips To Avoid Landing In Trade Secrets Hot Water

Law360, New York (July 09, 2014, 7:09 PM ET) — Companies are getting smarter about protecting their trade secrets alongside the rest of their intellectual property, but they also need to be equally wary about accidentally stealing somebody else’s. With high-profile criminal cases, dramatic overseas accusations and the talk of new federal legislation, companies are […]

5 Ways to Avoid Trouble When Using Background Checks

While the rules of the road for employers that use criminal background checks in the hiring process remain uncertain, it’s clear that using past brushes with the law as a screening tool can incur the wrath of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, lawyers say. The EEOC has proven its willingness to go after employers on […]

ELS Partner Jamala McFadden To Speak on Two Panels at 2014 NBA Convention

ELS Partner Jamala S. McFadden will participate on two panels at the upcoming 89th Annual National Bar Association Convention at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel on July 30, 2014 at 10:30 am.  Jamala’s first panel is entitled “Demystifying Business Development and Building a Successful Law Practice” and will discuss ideas for establishing  a successful practice and […]