Employment Law Attorney
Discrimination is alive and on the upswing, including gender, race, and among older employees. It is a dirty little secret that companies try to hide by making all settlements “confidential.” African American’s are still being passed over for higher classes of jobs; women are still being treated like sex objects, or thought of as not being tough enough to do a “man’s job.”
In other countries “experience and wisdom” that comes with age is recognized and rewarded, in Corporate America, what is sought after is “youth and cheap labor costs.” Do big companies that are in legal trouble hire young attorneys right out of law school? Absolutely not. They want someone that can say, “This isnt’ my first rodeo.” I believe that when you work for a company for a long time, giving them your sweat and blood, your time away from your family life, that they owe you something in return- a little bit of dignity, a little respect and some loyalty.
I’ve tried a lot of cases, and I haven’t won them all. But I’ve learned by what I have done right and what I have done wrong. Most of the time, however, it isn’t about me at all, but about my client. Juries usually get it right. If my client is a very hardworking dependable employee, then they usually win when they are treated unfairly based on discrimination.
Corporate Sense vs Common Sense
I find that most of the discrimination I see violates the rules of common sense. Companies try to hide this discrimination by having their own version of logic, which I call “corporate sense.” Here are some examples of Common Sense vs Corporate Sense:
- Common sense tells you that you should treat all employees equally; Corporate sense tells you that it is ok for a manager to nitpick on the old guy that the young manager wants gone.
- Common sense tell you that if all the employees are not coming in on time that you should document everyone or no one; Corporate sense tells you that it is ok to just write up the black employee for being late.