Attorney Carol Garvan in the news for defending inmate's rights in First Circuit Court of Appeals after his unemployment benefits were withheld

An appeals court in Boston will decide if Gov. Janet Mills violated an inmate’s constitutional right to due process when she seized his unemployment benefits during the pandemic without a hearing. … Marc Sparks, 36, of Bucksport was one of 53 prisoners who received nearly $200,000 in unemployment benefits because they had been laid off from work…

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Attorneys Shelby Leighton and David Webbert file wrongful termination suit on behalf of longtime Parks and Recreation director against city of Saco for violation of rights to due process and good reputation

The former parks and recreation director of Saco has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city. Joseph Hirsch worked for the city for 25 years, including 13 as the department head. His complaint, filed Tuesday in York County Superior Court, says the city abruptly forced him to retire in October 2017 without giving him any notice…

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Attorneys Shelby Leighton and Valerie Wicks represent female officer in suit against Maine Department of Corrections for harassment, discrimination and retaliation

A female corrections officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the state that says she and other women have experienced “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment and discrimination during their work in Maine prisons. Autumn Dinsmore, 26, now works at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren. She first filed a complaint to the Maine Human Rights…

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Attorneys Carol Garvan and Valerie Wicks in the news for protecting workplace rights of breastfeeding mothers and for women to negotiate equal pay

Community Surgical Supply Sued for Revoking Job Offer to Woman Who Asked About Breastfeeding Accommodations   Maine Human Rights Commission Found Sex Discrimination and Retaliation by CSS Portland, Maine. This morning, Siera L. Boucher filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal district court against CSS for sex discrimination and unlawful retaliation because she asked about…

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JWG Wins Court Victory for Workers’ Rights to Fair Pay, Defeating Chamber Of Commerce Lawsuit To Invalidate Portland Hazard Pay Law

A judge on Monday sided with JWG lawyers representing low-wage Whole Foods workers and rejected a bid by the Chamber of Commerce to invalidate a Portland voter referendum that requires employers to provide hazard pay to low-wage essential workers during the pandemic. Justice Thomas Warren ruled that the emergency minimum-wage provision passed by voters is…

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Attorney Shelby Leighton quoted in the news fighting for rights of grocery and other frontline workers for COVID-19 hazard pay

A lawsuit challenging the legality of a voter referendum that requires employers to pay Portland workers more during states of emergency is expected to reach the courts on Wednesday. … Attorneys representing two Portland Whole Foods workers intervening in the suit called the Chamber of Commerce’s legal challenge “shockingly anti-democratic.” They argue that under state law, Portland does…

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