April 8

Fillibuster in Unicameral Kills Bill to Outlaw Gay Bias

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

Bill to outlaw gay bias falls victim to filibuster in Nebraska Legislature http://www.omaha.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140408776

April 4

Sexual Orientation and Gender Discrimination Bill Up for Consideration by Unicameral

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

The Nebrsaka Judicary Committe voted in favor of adding sexual orientation and gender discrimination to Nebraska’s bases for prohibited discrimination in employment. One of Nebraska’s gubernatorial candidates is not pleased. “Omaha Sen. Beau McCoy pledged Monday to filibuster the bill. He had filed several amendments to LB 485, including one to kill the bill, prior.

April 1

Avoiding discriminatory questions by small businesses in job interviews

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Small business owners looking to hire new employees in Nebraska can easily get tripped up by local, state and federal laws regulating employment practices.  Generally, once employers have 15 or more employees, employment discrimination becomes an issue for small businesses. The laws regulating employment practices apply to the entire employment cycle, beginning with hiring.  Interviewing.

March 27

How Important is That Confidentiality Clause in a Settlement Agreement?

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

More and more employees with claims against their employers in Nebraska may find themselves eventually agreeing to a confidentiality clause.  For the fiscal year ending July 2013, the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission (“NEOC”) received 1,366 contacts by persons who wanted to discuss filing a charge of discrimination or getting technical assistance.  The NEOC accepted 882.

March 20

EEOC Challenges Terms of Employer’s Release in Proposed Severance Agreement

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

Many employers offer severance to terminated employees, provided the employee signs a severance agreement or release. By doing so, the employer hopes to obtain closure and avoid litigation by the employee against the company. Unfortunately, some recent enforcement proceedings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are resulting in exactly the opposite: litigation over the terms.

September 23

Firing older workers makes cents, hiring older workers makes sense

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Discriminating against older workers violates federal and state laws, but surveys show that age discrimination also violates common sense in some contexts.  Employers are recognizing that older workers bring experience, connect with older customers, and provide a useful perspective. “Stereotypes have prevailed. Hiring managers often still view older applicants as having lower job performance, higher.

September 3

RELEASE: Good Old Boys Atmosphere Continues at Northrop Grumman’s AFWA Workplace at Offutt Air Force Base.

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

September 3, 2013 (Bellevue, NE) – On May 8, 2013, female civilian workers (both past and present) employed by Northrop Grumman at the Air Force Weather Agency (“AFWA”) issued a press release exposing hostile and harassing conduct taking place at Northrop Grumman.  The women identified a “good old boys” network and revealed offensive conduct ranging.

August 7

US Supreme Court clarifies definition of supervisor for purposes of employment discrimination claims

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On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the definition of “supervisor” for purposes of Title VII employment claims. Reviewing a case in which a former employee sued her employer with claims of hostile work environment and retaliation pursuant to Title VII, the Court settled the question of how “supervisor” is defined in these.

August 7

US Supreme Court increases burden of proof for Title VII retaliation claims

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On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that Title VII retaliation claims must be proven by a “but for” standard of causation, as opposed to a “motivating factor” standard.  “Based on… textual and structural indications, the Court now concludes as follows: Title VII retaliation claims must be proved according to traditional principles of.

August 2

ADA and sex discrimination case settled

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Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Thompson Law Office recently settled a disability discrimination in employment case against Cass County, Nebraska. The Firm represented a former employee who alleged a claim under the the Americans With Disabilities Act and sex-based discrimination. Cass County agreed to pay $55,000.00 in a non-confidential settlement agreement. Although the client also raised claims against Cass County.