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.

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.

November 26

Nebraska HOAs empowered to require escrow for assessments

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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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The 2013 session of the Nebraska Legislature saw a change in the law governing collection of homeowners association assessments.  This applies to Nebraska townhome owners associations, condominium owners associations and traditional homeowners associations.  In May, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 442, which amends section 52-2001, 76-825, 76-842, 76-856, and 76-874 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes..

October 1

Federal courts open despite government shutdown, for now . . .

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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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The federal judiciary announced that it will be business as usual despite the government shutdown, at least until October 15, 2013, when it will reassess the situation. Attorneys and parties should expect to attend previously scheduled hearings and comply with deadlines. The electronic case filing system will remain in operation. Source: uscourts.gov, Judiciary to Remain Open.

August 7

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

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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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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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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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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.