Monday, September 16, 2019

Seattle Secure Scheduling Law Settlement $172,000

Office of Labor Standards Reaches its Largest Settlement under Secure Scheduling Law: Jack in the Box Franchises to Pay Over $172,000 to 569 Seattle Workers

Seattle, WA - (September 16, 2019)  - The Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announces its largest settlement under the Secure Scheduling Ordinance since the law took effect on July 1, 2017. The settlement agreement calls for a total financial remedy of $172,619.00 to be paid out to 569 affected employees of Pars Group, LLC and Northwest Food Management Group Inc, which operate nine “Jack in the Box” stores in Seattle. OLS alleged the employer failed to properly post employee work schedules fourteen days in advance of work shifts; in addition, it allegedly did not pay premium pay for late work schedule changes and for back-to-back closing/opening shifts, known as “clopening” shifts.
“Scheduling is very important to me. It’s difficult to juggle changing shifts. You have to separate your personal time from your work schedule and how are you going to do that with a new schedule every week?” said Edward Richard, former employee.
“Seattle fast food workers were at the forefront of movement for better pay and standards, now they're at the forefront of enforcing those standards, too. By standing together and working with the Office of Labor Standards, these workers held their employers accountable to the high road standards we’ve set as a city,” said Rachel Lauter, Executive Director of Working Washington & Fair Work Center. “We thank OLS for their commitment to enforcing Seattle’s labor and employment laws, and their leadership in ensuring workers have predictable, flexible, and secure schedules—something we hope all workers in Washington will soon benefit from.”
The Secure Scheduling law applies to retail and food services establishments with more than 500 employees worldwide, and full-service restaurants with more than 500 employees and more than 40 full-service restaurant locations worldwide. Please visit the OLS website to learn more about the Secure Scheduling ordinance.
To file a complaint or for questions, workers can contact OLS anonymously at or call 206-256-5297. Employers seeking assistance or in need of information about how to comply can contact OLS at 206-256-5297 or email us at OLS is here to help!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Get it?! Sexual Harassment is exploitation of power - not flirting

#whyididntreport #metoo

Bill Radke talks about #metoo with local attorney Rebecca Roe and MaryEllen Stone from Seattle Sexual Assault Resource Center.

"If you are going into sexual assault investigation doubting victims, you are in the wrong line of work." Rebecca Roe.

Oregon takes a look back at #metoo

Friday Forum: Power and Silence: How #MeToo Is Changing the American Workplaceace

Oregon Bar reflects on its #metoo problem. Kudos Oregon - Et tu Washington?

If you can't see the video above, Click here for the Oregon Bar's #metoo video

The Oregon State Bar sent an anonymous survey to its members. This video reflects the responses they received. It has not been widely viewed - please watch it, share it, repost it. If you are a Washington State Attorney I invite you to share it with leadership at WSBA, WSAJ, KCBA, TPCBA, etc., so that we can finally address our own #metoo issues.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

For Immediate Release: Seattle Attorney sued for Sexual Harassment

Seattle Sexual Harassment Attorney Sued for Sexual Harassment
Lawsuit filed in Superior Court against Stephen Teller and his firm Teller & Associates

For information regarding this case contact attorney. Nicole Gainey, 206-354-4211

SEATTLE (6/14/2019) -- Monday a local attorney who focuses his practice on representing employees in sexual harassment suits was himself sued by his former paralegal. The paralegal, Michelle Merrin, claims her boss Stephen Teller subjected her to “severe, pervasive and escalating sexual harassment and abuse” for over three-years while she was employed by his firm Teller & Associates.

The suit, filed in King County Superior Court against Mr. Teller and the law firm, was brought with the assistance of TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, a national fund established in the wake of the #MeToo scandals that aims to end sexual harassment in the workplace.

According to Nicole Gainey, Merrin’s attorney, Mr. Teller’s inappropriate behavior toward Ms. Merrin began as early as 2015 when she started working for Mr. Teller as a paralegal.

 “Mr. Teller’s behavior has caused Ms. Merrin severe anxiety and emotional distress, which led her no choice but to resign her position from the firm last October,” Ms. Gainey added.

Launched in 2018, the Time'sUp! Legal Defense Fund is a network of lawyers and allied professionals across the country that provides assistance to those who have suffered harassment or retaliation. It is housed at and administered by the National Women's Law Center Fund LLC.

Nicole Gainey is a Seattle attorney dedicated to representing employees in employment law related issues. 

If you think you may have information regarding this case, please contact Nicole Gainey, 
 Link to Complaint

Saturday, December 15, 2018

CBS sexual harassment news.

IMHO, we are likely to hear more from this still employed actor who seems to have no idea what is right and what is wrong. Weatherly told the Associated Press.   "Not to get into any of the ifs, ands or buts about what is right or wrong and where it comes from."  "Professionally I owe a great part of my career to the decision-making of the higher-ups at the company. It's a complicated place to be." What? Read more.

Friday, September 7, 2018

In case you missed it

 In case you missed a few, here is the sexual harassment / sexual assault list of shame recap published by the Seattle Times (read article).

Many high-profile men in Hollywood, politics, media and business have recently faced allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to rape. A look at some of the men accused:

Tom Ashbrook, longtime NPR host — Accused by 11 mostly young women and men of unwanted hugs, necks and back rubs and “creepy” sex talks. He was put on leave from his show “On Point.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali — Accused by four women of groping and grabbing employees and others. He apologized, gave up oversight of his restaurant empire and took leave from his ABC cooking show, “The Chew.”
Eddie Berganza, group editor of DC Comics — Accused of forcibly kissing and groping three women. He was fired.
Celebrity chef John Besh — Accused by 25 women of sexual harassment. He has stepped down from the company he founded.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Just Dont Do it: Nike sued for pervasive corporate wide sex discrimination including sexual harassment

Don't Do it - Read More."Women came into the company paid less than men, then they are ranked more harshly and, as a result, got smaller raises and bonuses. I think Nike wants to say that 'Just a couple people were responsible for the problem and we've gotten rid of them.' But we know that's certainly not the case."

Sunday, May 13, 2018

How do I know if I can trust my Attorney?

You don't. Like all relationships you should take the decision to hire an attorney seriously and do your due diligence before jumping in to what may prove to be a very long term relationship.

As a guideline this is the oath Washington Attorneys are bound by. If your attorney seems to be playing fast and lose with these rules from the get go find another attorney.

Washington State Oath of Attorney

I do solemnly declare:

1. I am fully subject to the laws of the State of Washington and the laws of the United States and will abide by the same.

2. I will support the constitution of the State of Washington and the constitution of the United States.

3. I will abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct approved by the Supreme Court of the State of Washington.

4. I will maintain the respect due to the courts of justice and judicial officers.

5. I will not counsel, or maintain any suit, or proceeding, which shall appear to me to be unjust, or any defense except as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law, unless it is in defense of a person charged with a public offense. I will employ for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided to me only those means consistent with truth and honor. I will never seek to mislead the judge or jury by any artifice or false statement.

6. I will maintain the confidence and preserve inviolate the secrets of my client, and will accept no compensation in connection with the business of my client unless this compensation is from or with the knowledge and approval of the client or with the approval of the court.

7. I will abstain from all offensive personalities, and advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or witness unless required by the justice of the cause with which I am charged.

8. I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay unjustly the cause of any person.
Attorneys also answer to their state board and the Supreme court of the State. In Washington the Washington State Bar Associate. They are bound by a Professional Code of Conduct. These rules can be found here in their entirety.    (if the link isn't active, please cut and paste into a new browser window.)