Jury Awards Victimized Female Farmworkers $17 Million

Posted by Sean Cecil | Sep 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A jury in Florida just returned a verdict of $17 million to five female migrant farmworkers who complained they were raped and sexually harassed by male supervisors at a packing plant where they worked. Sexual abuse of female farmworkers is a widespread problem; federal government is apparently a...

Anniversary of the Imperial Foods Fire

Posted by Sean Cecil | Sep 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the notorious Imperial Food Products fire in Hamlet, North Carolina. In the fire, 25 workers dies and 49 were injured because of unsafe conditions, including a locked exit door; according to the NC Dept. of Labor, the investigation found "numerous violations of...

Steve Edelstein named Chair of Civil Rights section at NCAJ

Posted by Sean Cecil | Aug 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

We here are dedicated to contributing to our communities, legal and otherwise. Edelstein & Payne is proud to acknowledge that partner Steve Edelstein has agreed to chair the Civil Rights Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. His appointment is recognition of Steve's contributio...

Travis Payne named Lawyer of the Year 2015 in Labor Law

Posted by Sean Cecil | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Edelstein & Payne partner Travis Payne can add 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" to his long list of awards and accolades. The award, named by is a result of a peer-review process. According to the site, only one lawyer in each practice area and geographic location can be named for th...

Pervasive Misconduct Revealed in Orange County, CA District Attorney's Office

Posted by Sean Cecil | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a result of apparent ongoing collusion between prosecutors and sheriff's deputies to conceal exculpatory and mitigating evidence, the entire Orange County prosecutor's office has been disqualified from a high-profile murder case. Prosecutors are guardians of public trust and are expected to live up to the highest ethical standards. Unfortunately, they can lose sight of their mission of justice in effort to win cases.

2nd Circuit: Verbal Complaint Sufficient to Trigger Retaliation Protections Under FLSA

Posted by Sean Cecil | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires payment of at least minimum wage for every hour worked, and time and a half for each hour worked in excess of 40 in a week. The Act also protects workers from retaliation for asserting their rights under the law. The 2nd Circuit joined other circuits in ruling that an employee's oral complaint alone is sufficient to trigger retaliation protections, reversing an old precedent that required formal filing of a complaint.

Sister Megan Rice Exonerated After 2 Years in Federal Prison

Posted by Sean Cecil | May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sister Megan Rice, an 80 year old dedicated peace activist, embarrassed the government of the United States by breaking into a high-security nuclear facility and spray painting peace-oriented religious messages. She was arrested and eventually convicted on trumped up sabotage charges after refusing to plead guilty to trespass and destruction of government property charges. Her conviction for sabotage was reversed and dismissed by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that no reasonable jury could find her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

North Carolina Whistleblower Protection

Posted by Sean Cecil | May 05, 2015 | 2 Comments

The North Carolina Whistleblower Act protects state employees from retaliation on the basis of reporting law violations, fraud, misappropriation of State resources, certain health and safety issues, or gross mismanagement, waste, or abuse of authority.

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