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Published by Law360 on November 16, 2017; posted with permission under license. Richard Seymour The questions raised in the public mind by the allegations against Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein and other powerful accused sexual and racial harassers are important: If the allegations are true, how did they manage to get away with it for so long? Why didn’t the victims complain earlier? Where were human resources and company compliance officers? Parts of the answers to these questions are clear, and the evidence of the enablers is not pretty. There is a common theme in many of the accounts given by harassment victims: fear. Fear of retaliation, fear of having a career destroyed, fear of being unemployable if the victim has a public record of having filed a harassment lawsuit, the fear of public humiliation as the most intimate and painful details of their lives are laid…
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There is a compelling tax reason to specify the amount of the recovery going for attorneys’ fees and expenses, in cases not involving personal injury. In other words, taking the position that “it’s none of the other side’s business” can be expensive for both sides. Continue reading
On September 10, 2007, the American Arbitration Association added Richard Seymour to its roster of Commercial Arbitrators and its roster of Employment Panel arbitrators. As a result, he is now available to arbitrate cases under the AAA Commercial Rules and under its Employment Rules. Here are some of the obvious questions and his perhaps less obvious answers: Question: Why? Answer: I’ve been representing plaintiffs in individual cases and class actions, and have sometimes been aligned with employers defending affirmative action, for almost 38 years since I left the government. In that time, I’ve had some class cases that took more than 20 to 25 years to resolve. I’ve had some individual cases that took three or more years to resolve. I read a lot of appellate cases for the book I do for the American Bar Association, and have seen individual cases take ten or more years to resolve through…
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