Strong Brew: National Employer takes a shot at Facing Bias

If you are bummed your local Starbucks is closed today for anti-bias training, consider this uncomfortable, inconvenient feeling as a reminder of the part we all play in the cultural epidemic of racial and sexual harassment and discrimination our country is struggling to come to grips with.  This is a very small price for coffee consumers and the company to pay,[1] but it is a great leap forward in terms of raising awareness and investing in an ounce of prevention.  …
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Golden Globes: Time Is (Not) Up (Yet)

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards highlighted the national movement against sexual harassment with a multitude of actors and activists speaking out on the topic. Celebrities, many of who appeared in solidarity wearing black, seized on the movement’s momentum, pledging meaningful change.  The #metoo movement and the resulting “Time’s Up” initiative have underscored the urgency of the movement and seem to underlie an opportunity to define and desist sexual harassment in our country. Laura Dern eloquently described a future where “we …
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Sexual Harassment: 10 Things You May Not Know

About the Author     Laura Noble is an Employment Attorney and Managing Partner of The Noble Law Firm, with offices in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Charlotte. NC.  She is a former Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn and has defended victims of sexual harassment and rape in the workplace.  Laura Noble is available as to serve as legal expert on workplace sexual harassment issues to local and national media outlets.    OVERVIEW I’m an employment attorney, and I represent people, mostly women[1], …
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An Inside Look into Executive Equity Compensation, with Tim Ferguson

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We sat down with our own Tim Ferguson at The Noble Law to discuss some of the strategies top-earning executives use to negotiate their equity-based compensation. Tim’s background includes negotiating equity compensation disputes, contracts, structuring debt and equity financing, advising on control disputes, as well as analyzing stock options in litigation dispute. He shared some insights into improving negotiated executive compensation with us. [accordian] [toggle title=”What are the top things that an executive should keep in mind when negotiating compensation?” …
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EEOC Files First Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuits

Two recent suits filed by the EEOC demonstrate the growing strength of the legal theory that Title VII protection extends to sexual orientation (despite the fact that it is not explicitly stated in the statute). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed discrimination lawsuits against two employers last week based on sexual orientation. One suit, filed against Pittsburgh-based Scott Medical Health Center (case 2:16-cv-00225-CB), alleges that a gay male employee was harassed due to his sexual orientation. The other, filed …
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Personal Texts on Company Devices

Let’s say you have a personal iPhone and a company-issued iPhone. On your work phone, you enter the same personal iCloud username and password you use on your personal iPhone so you can listen to your music library on either one. One day, you start up a text conversation with a co-worker on your personal iPhone. You’re both talking about this woman you work with named Kate, and because it’s a private conversation, you use some pretty insulting, derogatory, and …
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Even Legal Off-Duty Marijuana Use Can Get You Fired

Marijuana legalization is a hot topic in the United States these days and has presented some interesting new questions in the workplace. Increasingly, states are legalizing or decriminalizing private use of marijuana while the federal government continues to prohibit its use and sale under the Controlled Substances Act. At the intersection of federalism and employment law is a novel question in search of an answer: Can an employer in a state that has legalized marijuana terminate an employee in that …
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Employment Law Guest Lecture: An Overview of Federal and State Discrimination Laws

Laura Noble, Principal of the Noble Law Firm provided an employment law guest lecturer on June 16, 2015 for North Carolina State University Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The attorneys role-played different scenarios addressing hiring and firing issues and offered an overview of Federal and State Discrimination Laws. Students actively participated in the lecture by asking questions using the Turning Point “clicker” questions.

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Summary of Unemployment Eligibility and Benefits in NC

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly drastically cut benefits for individuals who lost their jobs.  Here are a few things you should know about the unemployment insurance benefit in North Carolina if you have recently become separated from your employer and are considering filing a claim for benefits: Prerequisites File a claim for unemployment benefits Must have been paid a minimum amount of wages based on your individual situation preceding the filing of the claim Register for work Eligibility You are …
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Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress at Work

North Carolina recognizes torts for both negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. However, North Carolina courts have instructed that North Carolina law does not permit an action for negligent infliction of emotional distress by an employee against an employer because the Workers’ Compensation Act preempts all claims for negligent injury by employees against employers. Intentional infliction of emotional distress (“IIED”), however, is in a class of torts called intentional torts. This means that a plaintiff must prove that the …
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