Talking Politics at Work: RPL Partners Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis and Deena R. Merlen Speak with The Muse about Employees’ Rights (and Wrongs)

In Stacey Lastoe’s article, published on Friday, January 20, 2017 on The Muse, she confronts the question, “Can I get fired for talking politics at work?” Lastoe turned to RPL Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis and Partner Deena R. Merlen for answers. “What happens if I do discuss politics at the office? According to Helen D. ‘Heidi’ Reavis and Deena R. Merlen, partners at the law firm Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP, the answer is,…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page on Equal Pay and Pay Transparency in the Workplace

Every year we host an Ask for More Holiday Lunch for women executives focusing on women in leadership roles and how to continue paving the way to gender equity. This year, while covering the myriad ways in which discrimination manifests itself in the workplace, we highlighted the federal and state laws currently in place that protect against discrimination and seek to end the gender pay disparity. Gender discrimination occurs in…

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RPL Partner Mark H. Moore on Federal Anti-Hacking Statutes in December Corporate Counsel

Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP Partner Mark H. Moore shares key need-to-knows about the federal anti-hacking statutes as they pertain to employment disputes– how companies use the statutes, what they imply for monitoring employee communications, and how they may change with the recent passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The article, entitled “Four Things You Need to Know About Federal Anti-Hacking Statutes in Employment Disputes,” was originally published on Corporate…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page Leads Second Annual “Ask for More” Holiday Lunch on Gender Parity

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP hosted its second annual Ask for More Holiday Lunch, led by Partner Nicole Page.  The Ask for More events focus on women in leadership roles and paving the way to gender equity.  This year, Ms. Page spoke about the myriad ways in which discrimination manifests itself in the workplace, including the gender pay gap, and highlighted the federal and state laws currently in place that protect against discrimination…

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New York Passes “Freelance Isn’t Free Act”

Two weeks ago on October 27, 2016, New York City passed the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” (the “Act”) which provides legal protections for freelancers. The Act will go into effect 180 days after it is signed by Mayor de Blasio.  Prior to this Act, a freelancer’s sole remedy for nonpayment claims was to assert a breach of contract claim in court. Once the Act goes into effect, freelancers will benefit…

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RPL Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis Speaks on Panel at Inaugural Voice of a Woman Festival

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Reavis Parent Lehrer Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis appeared at the inaugural Voice of a Woman Festival NYC and spoke on a panel following the screening of “Equal Means Equal,” a feature documentary film that explores the unequal treatment of men and women under the United States Constitution.  Ms. Reavis spoke about the history of the civil rights movement, the state of laws that have…

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RPL in the News: Media Coverage of Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Last week, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York on behalf of a former associate attorney of Defendant Goldberg Segalla LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York State.  As the lawsuit describes, Plaintiff Marissa T. Jones was recruited to the firm on the basis of its family-friendly culture and practices.  After returning from family leave after…

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Release: Female Attorney, Promised Family-Friendly Workplace, Sues Large NY Firm for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

For immediate release Female Attorney, Promised Family-Friendly Workplace, Sues Large New York Firm for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Former Goldberg Segalla lawyer and mother punished for following firm practices, fired after protesting firm partner’s discrimination and harassment campaign August 31, 2016, New York, NY – Today, New York City-based law firm Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New…

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Insights on Massachusetts Landmark Equal-Pay Legislation from RPL Associate Ethan Krasnoo

This month, the Massachusetts legislature passed landmark equal-pay legislation, making it the first state to ban the common practice of employers asking job applicants for their salary histories. Bill S.2119 189th, also known as “An Act to establish pay equity,” is being hailed as “the most robust equal pay law in the country,”* and requires employers to pay workers of different genders the same wages, including benefits and other compensation,…

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