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Efforts to Fight Discrimination at Work

Posted by Kevin L. Sullivan | Jul 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes good intentions lead to unintended results. Amanda Farahany, managing partner at Barrett & Farahany, and Todd Stanton of Stanton Law, co-wrote the article "Benevolent Discrimination Is Still Discrimination" for the Fulton County Daily Report (subscription required).

COVID-19 Warnings Good Reminder to Stay Safe at Work

Posted by Kevin L. Sullivan | Jun 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

The man many people have come to see as the face of the response to COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, delivered a disheartening update about the spread of the virus to Congress. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases testified today and scolded the U.S. public and federal officials.

Amanda Farahany Elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Posted by Kevin L. Sullivan | Jun 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Firm's Managing Partner Received Organization’s Highest Honor Amanda Farahany, managing partner of the law firm Barrett & Farahany, has been elected as a new Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by an attorney’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.

Amanda Farahany Discusses Legal Issues Around COVID-19 on New Podcast

Posted by Kevin L. Sullivan | Jun 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Managing Partner Amanda Farahany appeared on a podcast on June 19, 2020, with Chris DeBlasio, the CEO of Agency850 who hosts the “C Level” podcast on great business practices. He interviewed Amanda about the legal issues concerning COVID-19 and the workplace. This interview was taped prior to the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act being signed into law. Amanda explains the legal rights employees have during this time of COVID-19.

Another Reminder Why Discrimination in the Workplace is Wrong

Posted by Kevin L. Sullivan | Jun 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Partner Kathy Harrington-Sullivan wrote an article for Women's Business Daily about illegal workplace discrimination. Kathy wrote: “Recent events have prompted an important nation-wide conversation about discrimination in our society, and workplace discrimination needs to be part of that conversation. Mistreating people at work because of a protected characteristic is not just wrong, it’s illegal.”

Amanda Farahany Comments on SCOTUS Ruling in Favor of LGBTQ Employees

Posted by Kevin L. Sullivan | Jun 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Fulton County Daily Report quoted Amanda Farahany in the June 15, 2020 article “Elated, Brilliant or Dangerous: Georgia’s Legal Community Reacts to SCOTUS LGBTQ Opinion.” Amanda was among numerous legal leaders in Georgia to comment on the landmark United States Supreme Court ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Supreme Court Says Law Protects LGBTQ from Discrimination

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Jun 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a landmark ruling, the United States Supreme Court today ruled existing federal law banning sex discrimination also protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Justices determined that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The High Court, voting 6-3, held that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is also discrimination based on sex, which is prohibited by Title VII.

Domestic Violence During COVID-19 & Quarantines

Posted by Kevin L. Sullivan | Jun 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

At Barrett & Farahany, a cornerstone of our practice is ensuring justice and equality for all people. While we do not handle legal matters connected to domestic violence, we do believe it is important for people to be aware of how the current climate can contribute to or escalate domestic violence and abuse.

S.T.A.R.T. the Change You Want to See at Work

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Jun 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

The recent protests about police brutality and systemic racism illustrate how understandably emotional these topics are for all of us. With so much unrest over current events, these topics are very likely to find their way into the workplace. At Barrett & Farahany, our mission has always been, and continues to be, positive societal change. We are more concerned than ever for workers and what they may face in their workplaces in the coming days. We want to be certain that employees understand their rights during these volatile times, and we also want to continue to offer guidance on how to deal with workplace concerns in a way that promotes positive change, invokes legal protection, and preserves that protection.

More on ADA Protections in the COVID-19 Workplace

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Though returning to work may be the only option for most as the country reopens, employees with existing physical or mental disabilities and medical conditions do have other options. These employees can request reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the ADA provides job protection for such requests. Employers cannot legally fire, cut hours, or cut pay as a response to a reasonable accommodation request.

Is Bankruptcy the Right Move for You?

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

We have heard from clients who are experiencing financial difficulties because of the economic impact of COVID-19 quarantines and business closings. Hardworking people are suddenly finding themselves without a job and without the ability to pay their mortgages, car notes, and other obligations.

COVID-19 May Trigger Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | May 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued new guidelines around COVID-19 for employers to follow. The revised guidelines explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies in situations when an employer knows a returning employee has an underlying medical condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID-19, but the employee doesn’t ask for an accommodation.

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