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Crowdsourced Arbitration Claims Could Shake Up Labor Law

“What was once a cost-effective move could backfire if a company is targeted through a crowdsourced effort,” says Cornell. “Essentially that could lead to ‘death by 1,000 cuts.’ And until the courts have scrutinized this strategy, companies should be wary of the potential impact a crowdsourced arbitration or claims movement can have on labor and employment claims.” More >

Wall Street Journal Turns to Nilan Johnson Lewis for Expertise on Employment Benefits for Front Page Story

With same sex marriage being legal in all but 13 states, about a third of U.S. employers currently provide benefits for unmarried gay partners. But in states where gay marriage is legal, some employers are discontinuing domestic partner benefits and requiring all couples to wed whether gay or straight before receiving benefits. Cornell discussed the possibility of reverse discrimination lawsuits for employers, and how that is partially fueling the push for dropping domestic partnership benefits. More >

Nilan Johnson Lewis Recognized by Law360 as a Top Law Firm for Female Attorneys

Nilan Johnson Lewis is proud to be ranked highly (16th) on Law360’s inaugural list of the 100 best U.S. law firms for female attorneys. The firm is also recognized as a Law360 Ceiling Smasher, a ranking that highlights 25 firms that have made significant strides toward gender equality by hiring or promoting a large percentage of female shareholders. Nilan Johnson Lewis is ranked sixth on that list, and the highest of any firm in Minnesota, with 39 percent of its shareholders being women. More >

Motherhood Meets Partner Status – Three Nilan Johnson Lewis Attorneys Become New Shareholders Within Twelve Months of Maternity Leave

Nilan Johnson Lewis’s three new shareholders have more than just their new title in common—all three took parental leave in 2014. Careen Martin, Veena Iyer, and Sejal Winkelman, who were voted to shareholder status effective January 1, join the small group of women lawyers at mid-to-large-sized firms who have made it past the “mommy track.” More >

Insights on the Abercrombie & Fitch Employee Religious Accommodation Case

With the religious diversity of the country increasing, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has seen a significant increase in religious discrimination charges. Employers and employees are struggling to figure out one another’s expectations, resulting in a number of lawsuits against employers. The EEOC recently filed a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch, alleging the company […] More >