Name folks working today who are secure that they will last long enough in their job at a particular organization to retire. That would be hard to do. Two of my over-50 neighbors just got knocked out of the box.
So, all employment lawsuits are very interesting these days. What did those employers do now? Since Aaron Charney filed his against his employer which was a law firm, they make for compulsive attention. Incidentally, Charney got a nice settlement and went on to a job at another law firm.
The lastest to fascinate us is the one John H. Ray III filed last August against Robes & Gray and amended this week. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns, reports Sheri Qualters in the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, approved the additions. They were defamation of character and invasion of privacy.
Originally, Ray went to the EEOC, alleging that R&G treated him like a "token black." When he brought this perception to the attention of partners, he claims that his billable hours went down as a result and eventually he was let go. He contends that the defendant shared the confidential report issued by the EEOC with the legal tabloid Abovethelaw.com. That's where the defamation and invasion of privacy come from. Interestingly, the defendant's lawyers didn't object to these additions.
If it is true that R&G passed along confidential EEOC information to ATL, then the law firm could be in serious trouble. Its clients could be thinking: Is the law firm also sharing my confidential data to make nice with a powerful media property?