Category Archives: Meritorious Cases for Employment Law

What are some meritorious cases for DC employment law? Our Washington DC labor attorney discusses what makes meritorious cases and their lasting effects.

New Supervisors: Common-Sense Pointers for Employers and Employees

By Richard T. Seymour www.RickSeymourLaw.com Copyright © 2010, Richard T. Seymour Better Ways of Managing Employment Disputes: Training New Supervisors Most employment disputes involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment, never make it to court. Employees choose not to pursue some disputes that far, or both sides reach a resolution before the EEOC or a State or local agency. Of the cases that do make it all the way into court, however, an astonishing number involve the actions of new supervisors. My personal perception is that employers, employees, and especially the new supervisors frequently mishandle the kinds of problems that predictably arise when a new supervisor is assigned. The result is a discrimination or retaliation complaint or lawsuit that could have been avoided. Why Are New Supervisors Assigned? There are three principal situations when a new supervisor is assigned, and the problems differ based on the situation. First, a new…
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Arbitration News: Sanctions for Misconduct in Arbitrations Under FAA Arbitration Agreements

By Richard T. Seymour www.RickSeymourLaw.com Copyright © 2010, Richard T. Seymour Case: Positive Software Solutions, Inc. v. New Century Mortgage Corp. et al. v. Camina Decided: September 13, 2010 By: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) Available at: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/09/09-10355-CV0.wpd.pdf and 2010 WL 353001 Issue: When — (a) a Federal court orders arbitration pursuant to an arbitration agreement, (b) and not as part of a court-developed procedure under a local court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures or a special order in the case, (c) and counsel commit misconduct in the arbitration, (d) and the arbitrator had authority to issue sanctions for that misconduct, Does the Federal court have inherent authority to issue sanctions for the misconduct? Answer: No. The district court’s sanction of $10,000 against attorney Camina, representing part of Positive Software’s attorneys’ fees, was reversed. Limitations: The court’s holding is: — Limited to misconduct occurring…
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Nov. 17, 2008 Statement on Summary Judgment Rules to the Federal Courts’ Advisory Committee on the Civil Rules

November 17, 2008 STATEMENT OF RICHARD T. SEYMOUR ON RULE 56, FED. R. CIV. PRO., BEFORE The focus of my statement is on why it seems to me that the Committee should reject the recommendations of some that the use of summary judgment should be increased by making the grant of summary judgment mandatory in some circumstances. Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak on the proposed amendments to Rule 56. It is clear that some cases or defenses are filed without an adequate basis or that their lack of a basis becomes clear in discovery. Rule 56 is an essential tool for striking untenable claims and defenses. I have used it in employment discrimination cases in seeking and obtaining partial summary judgment on questions of liability and of remedy. The focus of my statement is on why it seems to me that the Committee should reject the recommendations…
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