JGL Principal Jay Holland Shares His Perspective of the #MeToo Movement and How it Impacts Corporate HR Practices with Corporate Counsel.

Jay Holland, Joseph Greenwald & Laake principal attorney, spoke to Corporate Counsel how the #MeToo movement impacts human resources departments in companies nationwide. With a growing focus on how companies handle sexual harassment cases, it is important for companies to have a communications strategy for when employees are terminated or leave their place of work. “The inclination both culturally and legally for companies was historically not to publicize reasons for employees or executives leaving the company,” Jay shares. But has this all changed now? For the full article, click on the link below.

Jay Holland is a principal in the firm’s Civil Litigation Group, and is the chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice. He is a renowned employment and qui tam litigator known for taking on tough cases and achieving exceptional results.

Jay Holland discusses the connection between technology and sexual harassment

Jay Holland, Joseph Greenwald & Laake principal attorney, spoke to the National Law Journal about a story regarding workplace technology playing a larger role in harassment. The story, based on an article by the Financial Times, discussed employees being more connected in the workplace through social media, messaging apps and shared calendars. These connections present greater opportunities for workplace harassment. For the full article, click the image below.

Jay Holland is a principal in the firm’s Civil Litigation Group, and is the chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice. He is a renowned employment and qui tam litigator known for taking on tough cases and achieving exceptional results.

Jay Holland discusses emoji usage with Workforce Magazine

Jay Holland was recently featured in the January cover story for Workforce Magazine discussing emoji use in business and sexual harassment in the workplace. This is an increasingly important issue as professional communication becomes more informal.

Holland cites many possible issues of emojis, including their ability to be easily misinterpreted. Although they are images, emojis are not universal. Holland explains that what may be a positive emoji in our culture, can be interpreted as offensive in another.

Regarding sexual harassment cases, Holland acknowledges that emojis can be used as evidence in a lawsuit. “If a harasser is regularly using emojis and upping their game, so to speak, from smileys to hearts to kissy faces, that’s evidence of workplace hostility,” Holland explains. To combat this, Holland suggests that employers create preventative policies and that they treat any violations seriously.

Jay Holland is a principal in our Civil Litigation Group and chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment, and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice. He is a renowned litigator known for taking on tough cases and achieving exceptional results. Outside of the courtroom, Holland is a frequent lecturer and writer on labor, employment law, and False Claims Act cases and is often called upon to present to bar associations and other organizations.

Workforce Magazine is a multimedia publication that covers the intersection of people, management and business strategy. Their articles cover a variety of topics from management principles, to legal issues and workplace culture.

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Jay Holland speaks at annual employment law conference

Joseph Greenwald & Laake principal attorney Jay Holland participated in a panel discussion with retired Court of Appeals Judge Harrell and retired Court of Special Appeals Judge Salmon during the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association Conference on Dec. 1. The conference took place at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The event’s focus was on presenting familiar employment law topics from the perspective of the bench, and it gave attendees the opportunity to mingle with fellow employment law practitioners. Aside from the panel, the lineup included both state and federal judges, as well as other participating jurists.

Jay Holland is a principal in JGL’s Civil Litigation Group, and the chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice. He is a renowned employment and qui tam litigator known for taking on tough cases and achieving exceptional results.

Jay Holland speaks to Law360 regarding recent firing of NBC’s Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct allegations

Joseph Greenwald & Laake principal Jay Holland commented on a story about NBC’s recent firing of Matt Lauer on November 29 for Law360. Lauer, the former co-host of The Today Show, was fired after the network received allegations of workplace sexual misconduct on November 27.

The company’s actions came before these allegations were made public, making NBC one of the first companies to take this type of swift, preemptive action following allegations of this type. Jay spoke to Brandon Campbell about the accusations and about whether this type of swift action will be something that more companies do moving forward.

In the article, Jay said that Lauer’s firing is “notable for its apparent swiftness,” and that NBC “appears to be raising the bar for employers as it relates to swiftness of action.” However, Jay also noted reports that NBC “may have known about the allegations for quite some time.”

Jay Holland is a principal in JGL’s Civil Litigation Group, and the chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice. He is a renowned employment and qui tam litigator known for taking on tough cases and achieving exceptional results.

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Maloney quoted in Maryland Daily Record Article regarding Schrader, Peters lawsuit

Joseph Greenwald & Laake principal attorney Timothy Maloney was quoted in a Maryland Daily Record article regarding the case of acting Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader and former acting Planning Secretary Wendy W. Peters, and the constitutionality of budget language meant to prevent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan from paying them.

While Schrader has not been paid since July 1, Peters’ was transferred to a new position and began receiving a paycheck in late September.

Maloney represents both Schrader and Peters, and has asked Judge Ronald Silkworth to declare the language of the budget unconstitutional. In the article, he said that the use of budget language to limit recess appointments was a “usurpation of the governor’s power” and “opens the door to wholesale legislating in the budget without the checks and balances of an executive veto.”

Maloney said, “The Senate does not have the authority to limit recess appointments nor have the power to restrict paying recess appointments.”

Maloney is a preeminent trial lawyer who has obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients in a wide variety of matters, including civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower actions and high-stakes business litigation. He is a committed advocate for the public good who has held leadership roles with many civic and charitable organizations.

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Timothy F. Maloney Presents Key Civil Litigation Cases of 2017

Principal Timothy F. Maloney recently lead a panel presentation on some of the most impactful appellate court decisions of 2017. Maloney focused on some of the prominent civil cases of the year, while other panelists covered topics such as criminal cases and legal insights. The presentation allowed attorneys and other members of the legal community a chance to network while discussing some of the most important appellate decisions of the year. The panel also featured Carrie Williams, from the attorney general’s office, and retired Judge Glenn Harrell.

Maloney is a preeminent trial lawyer who has obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients in a wide variety of complex matters, including civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower actions and high-stakes business litigation. He is also a dedicated public servant. Most recently, Maloney was awarded for his help in chronicling the history of civil rights jurisprudence in “The March for Civil Rights and the United States District Court of Maryland.” The permanent exhibit is on display at the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland.

JGL sponsors and attends Community Foundation Annual Civic Leadership Awards

JGL attorneys Tim Maloney, Debora Fajer-Smith, Sally Presler McCash and Reza Golesorkhi attended the Annual Civic Leadership Awards event celebrated by The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County. The event was held at the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino on Nov. 16. The awards event is one of the county’s premiere events, attended by over 300 local and regional luminaries each year. The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County mobilizes charitable giving in support of effective nonprofits working to close the socio-economic divide and provide opportunities.

JGL sponsored the event, which recognized the contributions of notable community leaders such as The Honorable Albert Turner of Carrollton Enterprises and Reverend Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver of the Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church. The event’s theme, Unity through Diversity, was a part of the event’s mission to share a vision of a promising future for the community, and to maintain viable neighborhoods throughout the county.

Timothy Maloney and JGL continue work on Sylvania W. Woods abuse cases

Joseph Greenwald & Laake and principal attorney Timothy Maloney are continuing to represent families who have filed civil suits following a child sex abuse scandal at Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School in Glenarden.

Deonte Carraway, a 24-year-old former teacher’s aide at the school, was sentenced to a 75-year federal prison sentence on 15 charges of child pornography. Simultaneously, he was sentenced to 100-years on 23 counts of child sex abuse and pornography by Prince George’s County Circuit Court on Sept. 28.

The Washington Post reports that the elementary school’s top administrators dismissed and ignored many student complaints of Carraway’s inappropriate behavior since he was originally hired in late 2014. Lawsuits filed by the firm assert that the school board and staff members are liable for emotional and physical injuries to the abused children, because their failure to report Carraway’s behavior created an unsafe school environment.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/lax-management-ignore…

Maloney is a preeminent trial lawyer who has obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients in a wide variety of matters, including civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower actions and high-stakes business litigation. He is a committed advocate for the public good who has held leadership roles with many civic and charitable organizations.

Jay Holland and Veronica Nannis sponsor the 17th Annual TAFEF Conference and Awards Dinner

JGL principals Jay Holland and Veronica Nannis co-sponsored the 17th Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference and Awards Dinner from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3. Although longtime attendees, this marks the second year that the two have been co-sponsors of the invite-only conference, held at The Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. This is the preeminent conference for whistleblower attorneys and sees attendees from across the nation.

The conference always focuses on  the False Claims Act  and whistleblowers. In addition to three days of educational workshops, the conference is a chance for attendees to network with and learn from one another.  Attendees included members of the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General offices, as well as prominent policy makers, federal agency attorneys, key subject matter experts, and members of the relators’ bar. With a strong and deep whistleblower practice, JGL had six members of the firm attend the conference.

Both Holland and Nannis have extensive experience with the False Claims Act and whistleblower law. Holland is chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Qui Tam Whistleblower practice, and Nannis has been representing employees with personal knowledge of health care fraud in particular for over 10 years. Holland and Nannis have both proven to be loyal allies and for their clients, as well as skillful courtroom advocates.