Gender Transitions in the Workplace

Employer obligations to employees that are considering and undergoing gender transition surgery are unclear. No federal employment law explicitly prohibits discrimination against transgender employees, but, some courts, including the Eleventh Circuit, have interpreted Title VII to prohibit such discrimination. See E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. 884 F.3d 560 (6th Cir. 2018); […]

The Importance of Environmental Scans: Ensuring Compliance with Compensation Laws

Environmental scans can help you ensure that your company’s pay structure complies with federal and state compensation laws. Key federal compensation laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”). The FLSA is a broad compensation statute establishing minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards for full-time and […]

The Importance of Environmental Scans: Avoiding Claims of Systemic Discrimination

Environmental scans can help companies anticipate potential systemic discrimination claims before a lawsuit is filed. While most employment discrimination suits involve individual plaintiffs, this is not always the case. An alternate form of liability to which companies may be subjected is a systemic discrimination claim. See 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-6. Systemic discrimination claims argue that […]

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The Importance of Environmental Scans: What is an Environmental Scan?

Environmental scans are a great way to maximize your company’s potential. An environmental scan is the gathering, use, and monitoring of the company’s environment, internal and external, to detect potential threats. Environmental scans cover everything from casual discussions to formal programs of market research and organizational planning. Environmental scans maximize a company’s potential by allowing […]

#MeToo: Best Practices for Appellate Courts to Address Past and Avoid Future Sexual Harassment Claims,” Appellate Judges Education Institute, 2018 Summit

  The courthouse, like any other workplace, is not immune from issues and incidents of sexual harassment.  The elements that have given rise to dramatic sexual harassment issues in other working environments exist in the judicial arena,  including: power and prestige differentials among members of the judiciary, their law clerks and other court personnel; the […]

The Multi-Bar Leadership Council (MBLC) Recognizes ELS Partner Jamala McFadden

  November 8, 2018–MBLC’S SETH KIRSCHENBAUM DIVERSITY AWARD recipients embody MBLC’s mission of fostering meaningful and positive interaction among diverse members of the Bar. This effort is demonstrated through the individual or entity’s leadership in programs and efforts that support diversity and inclusion. Specifically, the SK Diversity Award is given to an individual who or […]

“Drum Majors for Justice: The Georgia Experience,” Appellate Judges Education Institute, 2018 Summit

  As covered in the Fulton County Daily Report, ELS Partner Jamala McFadden moderated a discussion between retired Court of Appeals Judge Herb Phipps and historian Maurice Daniels providing a historical legal perspective on the lives and legacies of Georgia civil rights lawyers, particularly Donald Hollowell and C.B. King. The discussion was the opening session […]

Jamala McFadden, ELS Partner, receives the Georgia Diversity Council’s “Most Powerful & Influential Woman” Award

October 19, 2018—Jamala was proud to be recognized by the Georgia Diversity Counsel a 2018 Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award recipient.  The award recognizes women who: Provide leadership excellence in the public and/or private sectors Sustain a record of accomplishments and/or contributions to field of work throughout scope of her career Have clout within […]

California Takes Steps to Push Gender Equality in the Board Room

Beginning on December 31, 2019, companies with principal executive offices (based on the corporation’s SEC 10-K filing) located in California will be required to have at least one (1) female on their board of directors. See S.B. 826 (Ca. 2018). California is the first state to enact such a measure, although, other countries, such as […]