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Important Takeaways from the #MeToo Movement

Published on Mar 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm in Employment Law.

The #MeToo movement has increased our awareness of harassment and sexual misconduct in private and public spheres. As such, this social movement has given voices and credibility to survivors and has promoted an examination of the consequences offenders face.

There are a number of takeaways we can examine when it comes to the influence of the #MeToo movement. We’ll examine the ones that apply most to the workplace and employment law.

EEOC Employment Claims in the Aftermath of a Government Shutdown

Published on Mar 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm in Employment Law.

Government agencies will undoubtedly feel the impact for a significant time of the recent, record long government shutdown. The impact of the convulsive operational pace will have a trickledown effect on any and all doing business with federal agencies, some more than others, considering some agencies are often times granted extended funding to operate fully or partially. Unlike the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), both of which are fully funded through October 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) closed completely during the recent shutdown due to lack of funding.

Like after past closures, the substantial backlog of cases has placed everyone at the mercy of the multi-faceted EEOC process – a process that is now likely several months behind. So, what does this process look like from all angles?

John Coulter Supports TIME’s UP Legal Defense Fund; Joins as Network Attorney

Published on Jan 31, 2019 at 12:31 pm in Employment Law.

McMath Woods partner, John Coulter, has joined a network of nearly 800 attorneys across the country who are partnering with the TIME’s UP Legal Defense Fund to provide legal assistance to women who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace. The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, housed by the National Women’s Law Center – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides legal resources and financial support in select workplace sexual harassment and sexual harassment-related retaliation matters.

Maintaining a Safe Work Environment

Published on Jan 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm in Employment Law.

According to national and state employment laws, it’s an employer’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees. No one expects to get injured at work; however, accidents happen when employers neglect their responsibilities.

In 2016, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employees. While many of these conditions were recoverable, some individuals were not so lucky. Regardless of the severity, if you’ve been injured at work you deserve compensation to manage your medical expenses and lost wages, and your employer should be held accountable for their negligence.

An Overview of Title VII’s Workplace Protections

Published on Nov 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm in Employment Law.

Workers in the U.S. are entitled to rights that protect them from unfair discrimination and harassment. For many marginalized groups, discrimination could prevent career opportunities, fair pay, and benefits of the job. Thankfully, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes Title VII, a monumental part of the law that prevents certain forms of discrimination in the workplace. Employers who have fifteen (15) or more employees are generally subject to Title VII. But sometimes, despite the law, some employers make discriminatory decisions. If this has happened to you in Arkansas, a Little Rock employment lawyer from McMath Woods P.A. can help you with your claim.

We believe in upholding the rights for the citizens in Arkansas. Everyone deserves to have a fair chance to obtain and retain the particular job she seeks and for which she is qualified. Those who make unjust decisions based on characteristics protected under Title VII need to be held accountable for their unlawful actions.

Bentonville Walmart Sued for 2017 Disability Discrimination Case

Published on Oct 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Employment Law.

Melinda Allen of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit against Walmart Inc. in August 2017, alleging the company wrongfully fired her as a result of disability discrimination and retaliation. Our own McMath Woods attorney John Coulter is representing the plaintiff. The longtime ex-employee is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as either reinstatement or lost-earning pay for the discrimination she was subjected to.

In 2012, the plaintiff was promoted to Director of ADA and Immigration Compliance. Her medical conditions required that she miss work once every two months to receive treatment. In response, she noticed her then-supervisor began scheduling meetings on her treatment days and making disparaging comments about her work performance in conjunction with her medical condition. She was also disciplined after taking an approved six-week medical leave.

Verdict Ruled for McMath Client; $1.6M Not Owed

Published on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm in Employment Law, Uncategorized.

MidCon Gathering LLC, represented by McMath Woods PA’s John D. Coulter and Preston T. Kamin of Gray Reed & McGraw LLP, received a defense verdict in a suit after Stephen Carleson and his company, Producers Credit Protection Group, Inc., alleged he developed a credit facility for the company but wasn’t paid $1.6 million he was owed. U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division ruled that he didn’t have the necessary insurance license to carry out the deal.

It was ruled that the “credit facility” Carleson and his company, helped develop acted as a “credit insurance policy” issued by a third party for MidCon’s benefit. However, Carleson does not have a license to sell insurance in Arkansas. This resulted in a fatal problem.

Four McMath Woods Partners Chosen By Peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2016

Published on Sep 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm in Employment Law, Environmental Attorney, Environmental Law, Environmental Lawyer, Labor Lawyer, Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Lawyer, Uncategorized.

Four McMath Woods P.A. partners were selected for inclusion by their peers in the Best Lawyers in America in 2016. Bruce McMath was selected for inclusion in the category of Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs. Bruce has been selected since 1995-96. Will Bond was also selected for inclusion in the category of Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs. Will was first included in 2015. Sam Ledbetter was selected for inclusion in the categories of Environmental Litigation and Environmental Law. Sam has been included in the publication since 2001-2002. The big winner this year was new partner John Coulter. John was selected in three categories by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. Those categories are Employment Law- Individuals, Employment Law-Management, and Labor and Employment Law -Litigation.  John was named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in the category of Labor and Employment Law Litigation.  John has been selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2010-2011.

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