The Noble Law’s employment attorneys provide in-depth updates in employment law for both North Carolina and New York. This is your place for the latest in The Noble Law news appearances.

Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson

As a woman-owned law firm, we are deeply saddened and dismayed by the Supreme Court’s assault on the bodily integrity and fundamental liberty rights of American women in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health opinion issued earlier today. This opinion overturned the right to an abortion established by Roe v. Wade and allows states to reduce, outlaw, and even criminalize abortion procedures. We are committed to fighting for women to enjoy the same fundamental liberty interests as men, including their right to bodily integrity and basic …
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Equal Pay Settlement for USWNT – Katie Abernethy on WRAL

Renee Chou, WRAL Anchor: After a 6 year court battle with several members of the World Cup championship team over equal pay, the U.S. Soccer Federation has reached a settlement with the players. WRAL’s Amanda Lamb just spoke with members of the North Carolina Courage, and she joins us from the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Amanda? Amanda Lamb, WRAL Reporter: Renee, this is the result of a lawsuit filed in March of 2019 by 28 players from the U.S. …
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Two Supreme Court Vaccine Decisions Tell the Tale of Two Americas

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On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court handed down decisions in two cases involving the federal government’s attempt to require vaccines for employees working in large employment settings and health care facilities, projecting the direction of future COVID-19 vaccine laws. In the “large employer” case, titled Nat’l Fed. Independent Bus. V. Dept. of Labor, the conservative majority held that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exceeded its statutory authority to impose a vaccine or test rule, dissolving this rule …
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OSHA Vaccine Mandate Denied by Supreme Court

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied the Biden administration’s vaccine requirement for businesses over 100 employees. Laura Noble spoke with ABC News to discuss the impact OSHA’s vaccine mandate could have had on North Carolina businesses. Lauren Johnson: Tonight people are talking about the Supreme Court’s decision earlier in the day blocking the Biden administration’s vaccine requirement for large businesses. The justices say OSHA did not have the authority to enforce the mandate. The ruling effects some 80 million employees all …
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Laura Noble Speaks to WRAL About Supreme Court Vaccine Mandate Ruling

Last night, managing partner Laura Noble appeared on WRAL News to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to halt President Biden’s vaccine mandate requirement for businesses with over 100 employees. Debra Morgan: Today the Supreme Court halted a major push by the Biden administration to get more shots into arms. Gerald Owens: The mandate required businesses with more than 100 employees to get vaccinated to be tested each week. The Court ruled the administration overstepped its authority. Morgan: The Court did …
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Katie Abernethy Speaks to Fox 9 Regarding Equal Pay Act Claim

Last night, partner Katie Abernethy appeared on Fox 9 News in Minneapolis, MN regarding her recent argument in front of the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals against an employer based out of Minneapolis. In her argument, Katie represented Tracy Sempowich in an Equal Pay Act claim. Kelcey Carlson: A Minneapolis-based medical device company will have to a former employee in court over equal pay issues. A former regional sales manager sued the company because a male counterpart had a …
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Equal Pay Act Upheld in 4th Circuit Decision

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in favor of Equal Pay Act claims made by The Noble Law’s client Tracy Sempowich, represented by partner Katie Abernethy. A lower court had ruled that Sempowich’s claims were not valid, because even though her salary was lower than a male coworker, she had earned more commission than him and had a higher total compensation. Joined by the EEOC, Katie argued that this was a misreading of the …
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Employment Law: “No Vaccine Required” Job Postings

On November 17, 2021, employment attorney and partner at The Noble Law Katie Abernethy was interviewed on WRAL News to discuss the meaning of a growing trend in online employment listings – a “no vaccine required” component. If you are facing an employment law matter, head to our consultation page to learn more about your options. Gerald Owens, WRAL: If you search job postings on Indeed, you’ll find some companies advertising their open positions as a “no vaccine required” job. …
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Katie Abernethy Argues Equal Pay Act in 4th Circuit

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Last week, The Noble Law’s Partner, Katie Abernethy, argued in federal court on behalf of Tracy Sempowich, a regional sales manager for Tactile Systems Technology. She made the case before the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, arguing that lower court used an incorrect test when it rejected Ms. Sempowich’s Equal Pay Act claim. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also appeared on behalf of Ms. Sempowich. Bloomberg Law’s Patrick Dorrian shined light on the argument in his article …
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President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Undergoes OSHA Approval

Katie Abernethy, employment attorney and partner with The Noble Law, appeared on WRAL News to discuss the implications that OSHA approval could have on President Biden’s vaccine mandate in North Carolina. Debra Morgan: We’re joined by attorney Katie Abernethy from Noble Law to talk about what those changes mean for companies and workers. Katie, this approval process usually takes years, but, in this case, approval could come in just days. Will that change the roll out and how companies enact …
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