April 15, 2019

            In a race and sex discrimination matter appealed from the Northern District of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit, sitting en banc, decided to clarify the test for determining whether an individual is a comparator for purposes of establishing a prima facie case of discrimination under McDonnell Douglas.  Lewis v. City of Union City, Georgia, et al., 15-11362 (11th Cir. March 21, 2019).  In so doing, the Eleventh Circuit recognized the conf...

August 13, 2018

                On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump.  In light of the #metoo movement and heightened awareness surrounding sexual harassment and abuse, the Act includes Section 13307, which has come to be known at the “Weinstein Tax.”  The Weinstein Tax is actually a misnomer; it is not a tax at all, but rather, it prohibits settlement funds or attorneys’ fe...

July 26, 2018

                Hans G. Reid filed a civil action for malicious prosecution, conspiracy and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress against his employer and the employees who made allegations that Reid brandished a gun at them after he was fired.  Reid v. Waste Indus. USA, Inc., 2018 WL 1324794 (Ga. Ct. App. 2018).  The trial court granted defendants' motion for summary judgment on all claims and Reid a...

May 25, 2018

               On February 19, 2016, John Austin filed a complaint against Narendra Nagareddy, M.D., and Psychiatry Associates of South Atlanta, P.C.'s (collectively “the defendants”) following the death of his wife from a drug overdose.  Austin v. Nagareddy, 2018 WL 990030 (Ga. Ct. App. 2018).  Austin claimed Dr. Nagareddy prescribed multiple high-dose addictive drugs which created the conditions that allowed Audrey Austin’s...

May 8, 2018

                Christopher Harris, the former Watershed Manager for the City of Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management (“DWM”), filed a complaint against the City of Atlanta (“the City”), which alleged that his termination violated the Georgia Whistleblower Act (“GWA”).  Harris v. City of Atlanta, 2018 WL 1081590 (Ga. Ct. App. 2018).  The trial court granted summary judgment to the City, finding Harris had failed t...

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