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Woman Who ‘Flipped Off’ President Loses Termination Lawsuit

The woman who was infamously fired after giving the middle finger to President Trump has lost her wrongful termination case. A Virginia judge tossed Juli Briskman’s lawsuit, finding no First Amendment protection for private sector employees.

The ruling was not unexpected. In general, private employees are not shielded from repercussions for their words or actions, even if the conduct occurs off-duty and away from the workplace. First Amendment advocates worry about reprisal against employees who do not share their employers’ political beliefs or who openly oppose the administration in power.

Developments at the OSC: FY2017 Annual Report Analyzed

Developments at the OSC: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recently issued its annual report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2017.

News from Passman & Kaplan: Adverse Action Response Deadlines

News from Passman & Kaplan:  As a public service, Passman & Kaplan wished to generally warn federal employees about the often-short response deadlines that apply when federal employees are faced with a proposed adverse action, in light of recent changes in the law.

News from the Whitehouse: New Anti-Employee Executive Orders

News from the Whitehouse:  On May 25, 2018, hours before the start of Memorial Day weekend, President Trump issues three executive orders with potentially far-reaching negative consequences for federal employees.

Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan To Be Presenter at Annual FDR Training Conference in Orlando August 13-16, 2018

Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan is once again pleased to be a presenter at this year's FDR Training Conference, to be held in Orlando on August 13-16, 2018. Mr. Kaplan will be co-presenting three programs, "EEOC Mock Hearing," "Can't We Just Settle This?," and "Free Speech, Religious Liberty and the Federal Workplace." For more information, check out the FDR Training Conference webpage

New Supreme Court Bar Membership for P&K Associate

Passman & Kaplan is pleased to announce that Senior Associate Andrew J. Perlmutter was admitted to the Supreme Court Bar on May 21, 2018, on motion by Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan.

Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan to be presenter at 9th Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference June 6, 2018

Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan will be presenting at American University's Ninth Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference, scheduled to occur on June 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mr. Kaplan will be co-presenting one program, "Speech in the Federal Workplace: Free or Fettered?" For more information, check out the Key Conference's webpage

Failure to accommodate is disability discrimination

Many people with disabilities face barriers before they even get their foot in the door. But the hiring process is only one form of disability discrimination.

Employers -- including federal agencies and government contractors -- are legally obligated to accommodate disabilities. But what is considered a “reasonable” accommodation? What if the employer says no?

Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan To Be Presenter at the EEOC's "EXCEL" Conference July 10-12, 2018

Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan has again been invited by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to be a presenter at its annual EXCEL Conference. The EXCEL Conference, to be held July 10-12, 2018, in Washington, DC, has as its target audience federal agency EEO attorneys and labor relations representatives, EEO officials, human resource professionals, union officials and private attorneys. Mr. Kaplan will co-present two programs, "It's a Mixed-Up World: Understanding Mixed Cases," and "Mock Hearing." For more information, check out the EEOC's web page for the EXCEL Conference.

Women of color face barriers in sexual harassment claims

Women of color are more likely to experience sexual harassment, yet less likely to report it.

The dynamic is true across all sectors, including state and federal government jobs. The increased awareness and sympathy in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp doesn’t always translate when the victim of sexual harassment is a minority woman.


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