Seventh Circuit Holds Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights News, Milwaukee Employment Lawyer

In a landmark decision earlier today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.  The Seventh Circuit is the first federal appellate court to make such a ruling. The 8-3 decision, prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual …

Severance Agreements – Frequently Asked Questions

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights, Employee Rights News, Employment Contracts, Milwaukee Employment Lawyer, Milwaukee Severance Attorney, severance agreements

What is a Severance Agreement? A severance agreement is a written contract between an employer and an employee which typically provides the employee with monetary compensation and/or a continuation of benefits at the end of the employment relationship in exchange for the employee’s release of claims they may have against the employer. Is My Employer Required To Offer Severance? Maybe. …

7 Tips for Sexual Harassment Victims

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights News, Milwaukee Employment Lawyer, Milwaukee Sexual Harassment Attorney

As a Milwaukee Sexual Harassment Attorney, I often meet with potential clients who are or have been victims of sexual harassment in their employment.  This edition of my Wisconsin Employment Law Basics series of articles provides 7 tips for victims of sexual harassment. There are state and federal laws that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace and protect employees from …

Wisconsin Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Enforceability Of Non-Solicitation Agreement

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights, Employee Rights News, Employment Contracts, Milwaukee Employment Lawyer, Non-Compete Agreements

In a recent decision,  Manitowoc Company v. Lanning,  the Wisconsin Court of Appels struck down a Non-Solicitation agreement as an unenforceable restrictive covenant under §103.465, Wis. Stats, Wisconsin’s Restrictive Covenants/Non-Compete statute. In Wisconsin, despite what appears to be a case law trend to the contrary, Non-Compete Agreements are disfavored under the law and subject to close scrutiny by the Courts. …

Wisconsin Employment Law Basics – Constructive Discharge

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights, New Client Tips, Wisconsin Employment Law Basics

Carroll Law Firm, SC is a Milwaukee area Employment Law Firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of employees throughout the State of Wisconsin.  If you believe that your employer is engaging in employment discrimination, retaliation or creating or permitting a hostile working environment, it is always in your best interests to seek the advice of an employment attorney to …

Confidentiality When Seeking A Wisconsin Employment Attorney

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights, New Client Tips, Uncategorized

I recently viewed an ethics seminar dealing with Wisconsin lawyers’ duty of confidentiality.  As an employee rights lawyer, one of the hypothetical fact scenarios really hit home. As I remember it, the scenario was that John is an attorney at a firm.  He practices employment law in Milwaukee including representing employees in cases of employment discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.  …

Wisconsin Employment Law Basics – Employment At Will

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights, Employee Rights News, New Client Tips

Carroll Law Firm, SC is a Wisconsin Employment Law Firm representing employees, professionals and executives.  From offices in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Carroll Law Firm, SC, provides superior Employee Rights  legal representation to employees  in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County and throughout the entire State of Wisconsin. This article is the first in a series of articles which focus on providing Wisconsin employees …

Gov. Walker Announces Plan To Drug Test Unemployment Applicants

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights News, Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Earlier this week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a “workforce readiness plan” which will be included in the budget proposal scheduled to be unveiled on February 3, 2015.  Apparently, the plan will include the requirement that applicants for unemployment insurance benefits undergo drug testing to be entitled to benefits.  There seems to be some indication that not all applicants for …

EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013-2016 Targets Severance Agreements That Prohibit Employees From Exercising Rights

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights, Employee Rights News, severance agreements

Wisconsin employment law attorneys who focus on employee rights are often called upon to review severance or separation agreements proposed by employers.  At the time of termination, some employers offer severance or separation agreements to employees which provide typically rather modest monetary benefits in exchange for the employee’s release of potential claims against the employer and other terms usually including …

Strict Leave Policies May Violate the Americans With Disabilities Act

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Disability Discrimination

On November 4, 2014, the EEOC announced that it reached a settlement of a disability discrimination in employment suit it filed against a Chicago marshmallow manufacturer.  The employer agreed to pay 5 employees a total of $85,000 but most importantly agreed to change its leave policies.  The basis of the lawsuit was that the employer’s strict leave policy which capped …