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November 30, 2017

Sexual Harassment This fall has seen an empowering movement for women who have been sexually harassed in the workplace. From revelations about the egregious conduct of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, to the downfall of one of the most recognizable faces in network news, Matt Lauer, America has begun to see how pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace is.

The #metoo trend on social media has given victims...

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October 30, 2017

Due to a number of high-profile cases, sexual harassment and abuse are, at long last, getting the attention they deserve. For too long, women have been forced to suffer at the hands of men, many of whom are in positions of power, facing harassment, mistreatment, and abuse that has traditionally been swept under the rug. Now, the tide seems to be turning as more and more women speak up about the abuse they have suffered.

Sadly, it would be folly to believe that the recent attention being given to this serious issue will make it easier for victims of harassment...

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October 30, 2017

Although women have made great strides toward equality in the workplace, sexual harassment and discrimination are unfortunately still fairly common. According to a recent study, one in three women has experienced sexual harassment at work, although only 29% have actually reported this harassment to a supervisor or HR. 

If you have been a victim of sexual harassment at work, don't hesitate to call James H. Shoemaker, Jr. at 757-223-4580 for a legal consultation. Mr. Shoemaker may be able to help you put a stop to your harassment and hold the...

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August 24, 2017

Drug KickbacksThe pharmaceutical industry is big business, and the stakes are high – if there's corruption in the process and a drug makes it to market when it shouldn't, innocent people can get hurt.

One of the more common forms of pharmaceutical corruption is physician kickbacks. These have been illegal since 1987, but, sadly, this doesn't mean that these kickbacks don't still occur. We know they do.

If you've gained first-hand knowledge of illegal kickbacks – defined as a...

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July 25, 2017

A wide range of workplace issues are covered by employment law, including:am I protected by employment law virginia

  • Overtime violations: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides protections against wage theft issues such as not being paid overtime, being paid less than minimum wage, or being forced to do work off the clock.
  • Racial and sexual harassment or discrimination: You have a...
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July 19, 2017

Unemployment can have a devastating effect on a person's life. However, if you have been a victim of wrongful discharge, you may be able to seek justice and compensation with the help of an experienced unemployment attorney.wrongful discharge employment law

James Shoemaker has years of experience helping those who have been wrongfully terminated, and as a partner at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, has the resources to...

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June 28, 2017

Pharmaceutical fraud is one of the most prevalent types of fraud in the USA. Last year alone the federal government recovered over $4.7 billion from False Claims Act cases. Pharmaceutical fraud hurts not only the government but the average citizen as well by hiking drug prices, hiding research that reveals adverse side effects, misrepresenting FDA-approved uses of drugs, and providing significant kickbacks to doctors in exchange for the doctor to prescribe a certain drug more often....

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June 22, 2017

While civil rights and societal acceptance have come a long way over the years for women and minorities, workplace discrimination is unfortunately still much more common than it should be. Employees might be discriminated against on the basis of:employment discrimination attorney virginia

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Disability

Women may also be discriminated...

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May 27, 2017

Tipped Employee OvertimeCalculating what overtime pay you might be entitled to as a tipped employee requires taking into account your employer’s tip credit, which is your employer’s credit against its minimum wage obligation to you.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), tipped employees are those who customarily receive tips and regularly earn more than $30 each month in tips, including workers such as:

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May 01, 2017

Noncompete employment contractNoncompete agreements or clauses are often part of an employment contract. As with any contract, you should review its meaning and potential impact on your future career with an attorney before signing anything.

Companies generally use noncompete agreements to prevent employees from leaving the company and immediately taking their experience and knowledge to a competitor. However, a company cannot...

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