Hostile work environment

Hostile Work Environment or Outrage?

Do you believe that you are the victim of a Hostile Work Environment? Maybe the correct legal term is Outrage.

by Chalmers Johnson, employment attorney

The Seattle Times recently reported on a state case involving a claim of “outrage”. A man did not like the fact that his neighbor was giving piano lessons in her home. He filed a complaint to stop her and then sued.  He lost, and paid $30,000 for court costs and her legal fees. In response he parked his big truck outside of her house. He then repeatedly remote-started it, revved the engine and sounded the alarm. This tended to scare off students and interfere with her lessons. The music teacher sued and won. Continue reading

gender employment discrimination

Pronouns and gender employment discrimination

 

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

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Chalmers Johnson settlement for “trash out” victim

GSJones Law Group, Chalmers Johnson, was featured on a recent KOMO TV news segment on the illegal activities of “trash out” companies. Chalmers negotiated a settlement with Safeguard Properties for Byron Brassfield of Port Townsend. There are dozens of lawsuits against Safeguard filed every year for illegally entering foreclosed properties while the owners are still legally in possession and throwing away all the owners belongs, including mementos, photos and in one case even the urn containing a loved one’s ashes. Byron’s home was not even foreclosed when they broke into it and took everything to the dump.  Click here for the news story.

Chalmers loves getting compensation for people who have been injured or suffered serious wrongs. He would love to talk with you, if you need a strong attorney who will fight for you.

“You da Best”

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.

https://youtu.be/WVxGtLn4KhQ

While Chalmers focuses on personal injury and employment law, he has extensive experience in appellate work.