Eric Bachman interviewed about combatting sexual harassment at work and negotiating severance packages

Eric Bachman interviewed about combatting sexual harassment at work and negotiating severance packages

A helpful new resource for employees, Simone, is designed to empower women to build successful professional lives.  The founders of Simone spoke with Eric Bachman about best practices in navigating difficult legal situations at work.  The full interview is here and below are some highlights: Simone: Eric, many of the people we’ve spoken to have … Continued

$1.3 million verdict against American University in age discrimination trial

On October 15, 2018, a District of Columbia Superior Court jury determined that American University discriminated against Loubna Skalli Hanna, Ph.D., on the basis of her age, when it denied her application for tenure and promotion.  The jury awarded Dr. Hanna $1,151,000 in economic damages and $175,000 in emotional distress damages.  Zuckerman Law Principal, Eric … Continued

What is “discovery” in an employment discrimination case?

discovery; uncover the facts

You’ve filed a promotion discrimination, sexual harassment, or other employment discrimination lawsuit in court, so what happens next?  Perhaps the most important, and certainly the most time-consuming, part of a court case is what’s called the discovery period. The information you obtain during discovery will make or break your employment discrimination case. Summarized below are … Continued

$32.5 million class action settlement in MetLife race discrimination case

MetLife blimp

Last week, a federal court in New York gave final approval to a $32.5 million class action settlement alleging racial discrimination against African-American employees of MetLife. The settlement calls for an interesting, two-tiered approach for evaluating money damages on an individual basis, as discussed in more detail below. The plaintiffs alleged that MetLife discriminated against African-American … Continued

What is “constructive discharge” and how does it relate to my employment discrimination case?

fired resign constructive discharge

Lawyers occasionally refer to a “constructive discharge” claim when talking about an employee who has involuntarily resigned from their job.  Sometimes it’s referred to as constructive termination, constructive dismissal, or constructive discharge.  But it all boils down to a basic question:  were your working conditions so unbearable that you had no other choice but to quit … Continued

3 reasons the “after-acquired evidence” defense matters in your employment discrimination case

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If you’re considering filing a complaint against your employer because you think you’ve been discriminated against at work, you should know about the “after-acquired evidence” defense, which your company may assert. What is after-acquired evidence? After-acquired evidence refers to information that your employer finds out about (or digs up on) you after you’ve been fired, and … Continued