Author Archives: Kelly O'Connell, Esq.

Did Kavanaugh Commit Perjury?

For the past two weeks, we have heard and read nonstop coverage on Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his accusers’ very serious accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment. However, whether or not you believe Kavanaugh or his accusers, there is a new question making headlines concerning whether or not Kavanaugh committed perjury. This is a… Read more »

Kavanaugh: Rush to judgement… Again?

It seems that the recent confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh echoes the 1991 confirmation hearings of Anita Hill, a then Oklahoma law professor, who almost upended the confirmation of Clarence Thomas. Like Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, at first wanted to keep her allegations confidential but felt a duty to report the… Read more »

Is Serena Williams right to claim sexism?

It is easy to draw parallels between the discrimination Serena Williams pointed out in heated dispute during the US Open final and discrimination against women, especially black women, face during their jobs. This past Saturday, during the final, where Naomi Osaka beat Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, Williams became outraged when the umpire, Carlos… Read more »

After being Called Slaves, Haitian Workers Win $2.5 Million Settlement

On July 27, 2018, the SLS South Beach hotel on Miami Beach, Florida agreed to a $2.5 million settlement with 17 of its former Haitian employees. These employees worked at the hotel’s restaurants, including Hyde Beach, The Bazaar by Jose Andrés, and Katsuya. Back in 2014, the employees accused the hotel of firing Haitians for… Read more »

Starbucks Serves Up Disability Discrimination

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The world’s favorite… or at least the most popular coffee chain, Starbucks is back in the news for discriminating against its customers. Apparently, even after closing all of its U.S. stores on May 29, 2018, for racial bias training, after one of their employees in April called the police on two black men who… Read more »

Arbitration Agreements: Be Careful What You Sign

What is an arbitration agreement? Well, it is essentially an agreement between an employer and employee to not sue their employer if the company fires him or her for bad reasons or the employee feels discriminated against at work. This meets the employee agreed not to pursue any legal action against your employer in court… Read more »

#MeToo: World Cup Female Commentators

The 2018 World Cup in Russia seems to come with endless surprises and upsets, all bets are out the window. The soccer greats of Argentina, Germany, and Brazil struggled from the beginning, yet underdogs, like Uruguay, Iceland, and England became surprising contenders. Nevertheless, each day that passes since I began to write this article the… Read more »

Dacier v. Reardon: A Lesson on Statutes of Limitation

  In the recently filed case Dacier v. Reardon, Case Number: 1:17-CV-418, a “non-Hispanic” senior investigator in the Division of Wage Protection and Immigrant Services, Dacier, brought suit against the commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”), claiming he wasn’t hired for a position because of his race. Plaintiff Dacier applied for… Read more »

Miami Judge Uses Racial Slur to Describe Defendant Then Blames New York Childhood

  MIAMI, FLORIDA  — Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stephen Millan who grew up in New York is under fire for using the word “moolie” to describe a black defendant and for other racially insensitive comments while in chambers.   The first instance of misconduct involved Judge Millan on a break with attorneys in his chamber, where… Read more »

What Are My Rights During the Application Process?

  No Discrimination in Hiring Process It does not matter if you are a hired as an employee yet or if you are a fully hired employee, you have the right to be free from employment discrimination. During the job application process, federal and state anti-discrimination laws protect applicants—like you— from discrimination.   In particular,… Read more »