R. Scott Oswald is managing principal of The Employment Law Group, P.C. in Washington, DC. An accomplished trial lawyer who has brought more than three dozen trials to verdict, he has recovered more than $90 million in judgments and settlements for clients nationwide. Mr. Oswald has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America and as a Super Lawyer in the category of Employment Litigation. He is the immediate past president of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
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February 24, 2015
Imagine you’re a warehouse manager. You need a new worker and are choosing between three finalists. All are equally qualified, and all say they can meet the job requirements. But two of them, it turns out, are pregnant. · Danielle is barely five months along, and showing only a little. · At seven months Lisa is quite visibly pregnant. · Kim, the third candidate, is not pregnant. Although the job involves lifting and ladder-climbing, you’ve previously offered special gear for pregnant and temporarily disabled workers. Extra leave, too, if needed. It’s expensive, but not an undue hardship...
February 6, 2015
Fortunately, there exist myriad protections for women who believe they are being discriminated against by their employer. What is unfortunate, however, is the extent to which many are unfamiliar with these protections. The purpose of this article is not to provide a comprehensive review of all of the employment discrimination statutes relevant to women in the workplace; rather, we seek only to offer a brief overview of the statutes that specifically protect women from discrimination and provide some pointers on how women can exercise their rights under each.
January 22, 2015
This February marks the twenty-second anniversary of President Clinton signing into law the Family and Medical Leave Act. More widely recognized by its abbreviation, the FMLA provides a bevy of protections to employees who are – or have family members who are – suffering from an illness. Perhaps most importantly, the FMLA provides that, over a twelve month period, eligible employees are entitled to take twelve workweeks of leave and return to their same position and under the same conditions. Though seemingly straight-forward, the FMLA can lead to disputes between employees who want nothing...
October 24, 2014
The story is all too common. After months of fighting, it looks like you have finally overcome your breast cancer diagnosis. All that is left is for some follow-up treatments and to return to work. To your surprise, after having fought off breast cancer, you now find yourself in a fight with your employer over the nature of your return.