Cooper Erving & Savage, LLP

The Employment Law Group of Cooper Erving & Savage

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Introduction to Firm's Employment Practice

From a civil rights perspective, aside from the Constitution itself, the most important law ever passed was the Civil Rights Act of 1871, which gave citizens the right to sue governmental officials who violate their constitutional rights. Our firm is one of the very few in the nation that can say it was in existence in 1871 when that law was passed.

We use that law, now known as 42 United States Code section 1983, and the many other civil rights, employment, and labor laws passed since that time, in fighting to get justice for our clients who have been victims of abuses of power either at the hands of governmental officials or private employers. We work hard for our clients and are dedicated to these very important and special cases, because this line of work is at the very heart of what makes the United States a democratic society and what can make us a more just society.

If you believe you have been mistreated and are seeking a remedy of this kind, we would be pleased to hear from you.

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Topic of the Week

Dumb & Dumbest: Reducing Distorted Thinking at Work

Unfortunately many of us shoot ourselves not with a gun, but with our own brand of distorted thinking at work.

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Blog of the Week

Walmart raises minimum pay again, while Sam's Club closes many stores

Walmart wants you to read the good news: it’s raising its minimum wage from $9-10 to $11 an hour, and expanding paid parental leave benefits. Donald Trump wants you to read that the company is giving credit for that move to the recent Republican corporate tax cuts. Neither of them wants you to think much about the years-long worker organizing campaign to demand improved wages and benefits, and they definitely don’t want you to think about the news that also just came out that Sam’s Club, the Walmart warehouse chain, is closing dozens of stores, if not more.

Thought for the Week

"If I had to reduce the responsibilities of a good follower to a single rule, it would be to speak truth to power."

–Warren Bennis

List of the Week

from Dr. John Izzo

Why People Don't Step Up at Work: The Top Three Reasons

  • Leaders making decisions without seeking input, 64%
  • Leaders dismissing ideas without exploring the ideas, 38%
  • People not getting rewarded or recognized for playing outside the lines, 26%

Top Five News Headlines

  1. American women are angry and this new podcast wants to hear their stories
  2. Paying tipped workers better wouldn’t lead to fewer restaurant jobs
  3. NAACP Honors Memphis Sanitation Workers Who Went On Strike In 1968
  4. Workplace Raids Signal Shifting Tactics in Immigration Fight
  5. Workplace Lawyers Race Against the Trump Clock

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