Temporary Changes in Employment Law as a Result of COVID-19

Refreshers & Temporary Changes in Employment Law as a Result of COVID-19 Both California and the federal government have taken steps to respond to the need to curtail the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent shutdown or limitations on businesses This downloadable PDF is a memo created by the Genie Harrison Law Firm explaining temporary changes in employment law as a result of COVID-19. Though our memo is not meant to be exhaustive, it does discuss [...]

CELA Voice

Update II: A Roundup of California Worker Rights in the Time of COVID-19 March 20, 2020 — by Andy Katz for CELA VOICE, The California Employment Lawyers Association’s blog Promoting Fairness and Equality in the Workplace As COVID-19 spreads, many workers are considering how to protect themselves and their families – while worrying about their work and budgets. At the time this blog post was last updated (March 20, 2020, 8:05 p.m.) the rapid [...]

Do Women Still Need the Equal Rights Amendment?

Do Women Still Need the Equal Rights Amendment? Yes. Here’s Why. March 17, 2020 — by Genie Harrison for Ms. Magazine On January 15, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA, originally passed in 1972, was an attempt to enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the idea that all American citizens regardless of gender have equal rights “in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters.” It should [...]

Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Riot Games Has New Life

Why Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Riot Games Has New Life March 9, 2020 — by Samson Amore for The Wrap Experienced workplace litigator best known for bringing cases Harvey Weinstein is now involved Riot Games sits at the center of a class action gender discrimination lawsuit that shines a spotlight on the culture of the gaming industry. The state recently stepped into the case and has suggested that female employees may be entitled to [...]

Genie Harrison Law Firm substitutes into lawsuit against Riot Games

New legal counsel takes over class action lawsuit against Riot Games February 24, 2020 — by Haydn Taylor for GamesIndustry.biz Click here for the entire story at gamesindustry.biz > Below is an excerpt from the story: Representatives of a class action lawsuit against Riot Games have hired new legal counsel and withdrawn their motion for a $10 million settlement. The move comes after it was revealed last month that the 1,000 class members may actually [...]

Genie Harrison Law Firm substitutes into gender discrimination suit against Riot Games

Riot Games’ Proposed $10 M Settlement Withdrawn by New Counsel in Gender Discrimination Suit February 20, 2020 — by Patrick Hanley for The Hollywood Reporter In December, the video game studio reached the settlement with former female employees alleging gender discrimination and harassment, but new legal counsel is seeking more. Riot Games' legal woes continue as, on Thursday evening, new legal counsel representing former female employees involved in a class action lawsuit alleging discrimination [...]

Harvey Weinstein’s Case Relies on Weaponizing the Effects of Trauma

Harvey Weinstein’s Case Relies on Weaponizing the Effects of Trauma February 6, 2020 — by Genie Harrison for Ms. Magazine The Harvey Weinstein trial is historic—not only because of the accusations against the Hollywood mogul, but also because of the number of women sharing their stories about formerly unspeakable abuse at his hands. I represent two victims in their civil cases against Weinstein. I know that this #MeToo moment is unprecedented, a sea change [...]

How #MeToo Is Smashing the Casting Couch

How #MeToo Is Smashing the Casting Couch January 30, 2020 — by Elizabeth A. Harris for The New York Times Excerpt from the story: The problems, of course, have not gone away. Genie Harrison, a lawyer in Los Angeles who represents some of Mr. Weinstein’s accusers, says she still receives cases alleging sexual harassment in the industry, and retaliation when someone comes forward to report it. Read the story in The New York Times [...]

Why Women Should Be Worried About Trump’s Judicial Appointments

Why Women Should Be Worried About Trump’s Judicial Appointments January 3, 2020 — by Genie Harrison for Ms. Magazine President Trump has now appointed 26 percent of the country’s federal judges, all of whom were vetted by the ultra-conservative Federalist Society and now have lifetime appointments. He also more infamously appointed two Supreme Court justices. All of this was made possible by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who blocked nominees until Trump was in office [...]

Weinstein and His Accusers Reach Tentative $25 Million Deal

Sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison was quoted in the New York Times regarding the tentative settle agreement with Harvey Weinstein and his accusers, some of which Ms. Harrison represents. December 11, 2019 — by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor After two years of legal wrangling, Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, a deal that [...]

Toolkit for Surviving Workplace Discrimination and Harassment by Genie Harrison for Ms. Magazine

In Case of Emergency: Your Toolkit for Surviving Workplace Discrimination and Harassment November 12, 2019 — by Genie Harrison for Ms. Magazine We all know the importance of engaging in physical and emotional self-care. For many of us, self-care includes ensuring that we get enough sleep, work out, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. But I answer dozens of calls and emails every week from women whose rights have been violated in the workplace—and it’s [...]