Call now to set up a Tuesday phone consultation with our labor lawyer! The spread of the novel Coronavirus is affecting a lot of businesses and employees. We expect that a lot of people will have questions for our employment attorney, Chalmers Johnson. As quarantine measures get stricter, coming to an office for face to face meetings is not going to be safe. Chalmers usually only meets prospective clients in person. However, during this difficult and uncertain time, he recognizes that he may be needed more than ever and has agreed to be accessible for COVID-19 related consults by phone on Tuesdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Continue reading
by Chalmers Johnson, Employment Attorney
Trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming employees in the workplace
This week, The Seattle Times reported that Merriman-Webster added “they” to the American/English language as a pronoun for a “single person whose gender is nonbinary.” As an employment lawyer, I had to ask myself, “how is this going to affect the workplace?”
My inquiry led me to a chat with my brother, an employee of the City of Portland, Oregon. To him, this issue is an old one. Apparently the City requires its employees to include, a sign-off on their emails, to state a preferred set of pronouns, including they/them, and other employees are required to use that pronoun set when addressing the employee in the third person.
Trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming employees and the law
Chalmers Johnson, one of our attorneys, flew to South Carolina a few days ago to once again argue before the State Supreme Court. He has been practicing law in Washington State since relocating in 2008 but, based on his reputation, Chalmers Johnson continues to be consulted on tough appeals in South Carolina. This clip shows the greeting of the Chief Justice which indicates the esteem in which he is held. In the vernacular of South Carolina the Chief Justice says to Chalmers: “You da best.” View the greeting for yourself.
While Chalmers focuses on personal injury and employment law, he has extensive experience in appellate work.