#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 […]

Need a Religious Accommodation Request Form for Your Employees?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) requires employers to reasonably accommodate an individual’s religious practices or beliefs, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship on the employer’s business operations. The employer should complete a religious accommodation request formand provide it to the employee after the employer has engaged in an […]

Separation Notices

In Georgia, when the employment relationship ends, employers are required to provide departing employees with a separation notice.  Separation notices must be provided if an employee is fired, laid off, or quits. The notice is a one-page form document, DOL Form 800, available on the Georgia Department of Labor (“DOL”) website (https://dol.georgia.gov/documents/separation-notice-individual-dol-800). The employer must […]

Elective Organ Donations are Covered under the FMLA

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently opined in a published opinion letter that elective organ-donation surgery can qualify as a “serious medical condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act(“FMLA”).  See U.S. Dep’t of Labor, Wage & Hour Div., Opinion Letter (Aug. 28, 2018). The surgery qualifies as a serious medical condition if it […]

Getting Ahead of the Age Game

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits employers from making employment decisions based on an employee’s age.[1] However, uncertainty remains as to whether applicants can pursue age discrimination claims based on disparate impact in the hiring process. Disparate impact is a type of claim that allows an applicant or employee to sue […]

Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Eight years ago, ELS Partner, Chandra C. Davis became a mother to a beautiful daughter. She, like many women, decided to breastfeed; but Davis also worked full time as an attorney. One morning, Davis had a deposition to attend and arranged to have two rooms reserved: one for the deposition and the other to use […]