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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
JOB WANTED - The EEOC and worker-friendly advocates in recent years have increased their focus on employment practices that can cut against older workers applying for jobs, but the Seventh Circuit took a different view Wednesday. As Erin Mulvaney reports, the court rejected claims by lawyer Dale Kleber, 58 at the time he applied for a job as senior counsel at CareFusion. Kleber argued that the company’s seven-year experience cap was discriminatory against older applicants. The appeals court, en banc, found the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers—not applicants—against alleged age bias.
KID CARE - Combine the fact that women still handle the bulk of child-care details for a couple’s wee ones plus the long hours lawyers work, and what do you get? A logistical predicament for lawyer moms. Even the best laid plans go awry when ear aches flare or babysitters fail to show. Angela Morris reports on the tactical maneuvers women lawyers undertake to make it all run smoothly, and how one group is trying to ease the burden.
NEW TEAM - With Benjamin Brafman out as Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, the movie mogul facing trial for sexual assault has hired Jose Baez and Ronald Sullivan Jr. of the Orlando, Florida-based Baez Law Firm to join the defense team. Andrew Denney reports that Baez is best known for securing an acquittal for Casey Anthony, a young mother who was accused of killing her two-year-old daughter in 2008. Sullivan is a Harvard Law School professor who previously headed the Brooklyn district attorney’s conviction review unit. Brafman still needs approval from the court to officially withdraw from the case.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
BIGGER LITTLER - Labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson has scooped up 12-lawyer Oslo-based Homble Olsby. Dan Packel reports that the U.S.-based firm Scandinavia location adds to the firm’s global expansion in France, the U.K., Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium in the last three years.
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