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A good chunk of the Americans with Disabilities Act cases have nothing to do with tangible physical barriers. Often, it is simply a business's policies, practices, rules, or lack thereof, that leads to an ADA claim.

Many ADA claims can be easily avoided by general counsel or outside counsel reviewing a business's ADA policy compliance and ensuring proper employee training on those ADA policies. A recent lawsuit against a chain retailer involves an amputee that was left with no other option but to crawl out of a retail establishment due to an employee and manager's misunderstanding of store policy on use of the store's motorized wheelchair shopping carts.

Are You Known as the In-House Jerk?

If someone said you were a born lawyer, it probably was not a compliment.

The general perception of lawyers is not that great. We're arrogant, aggressive jerks.

At least that's what he said. Attorney Stephen Williams said it's something that every in-house counsel has to strive to avoid. After all, lawyers affect culture.

Project Management for In-House Counsel

General counsel are naturals at project management, even though they may not realize it.

It's like the kid who has a natural pitching arm, but only throws rocks. They need to get out of the corn field and onto the playing field.

At a time when more law firms have project managers, companies need in-house lawyers with comparable skills. It's about managing the teams.

Dressing up in costume might be a bit too unprofessional for a traditional law office, and definitely not a good idea for a court appearance. But, in less stuffy office and consumer-facing environments, letting employees dress up in Halloween costumes can be great for team building, or even sales/business.

Like anything else that's slightly questionable but has potential to be good, there are some pitfalls to watch out for. Below you'll find a couple pros and cons, and a couple tips, for letting employees dress up for the holiday.

How Nondisclosure Agreements Make Weinsteins Possible

The 'casting couch' was just part of the furniture in Hollywood long before Harvey Weinstein soiled the industry.

Weinstein's behaviour has been an open secret so long they joked about it at the Oscars years ago: "Congraulations to you five ladies who no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein," Seth MacFarlane said, and everybody laughed.

Of course, it's not funny anymore. Sexual harassment is not funny, and neither is keeping secrets about it.

It is generally unheard of for an employer to have to ban employees winking at each other. Rules regarding employee misconduct usually are not that specific.

However, when employees communicate via emojis, an employer might want to make sure everyone is at least on the same page as to emoji etiquette and proper usage. After all, the last thing you want is your HR being overrun because of a kissy face emoji. And yes, emojis are everywhere now. And your younger employees might not realize that their bosses don't take them seriously because of all those silly emojis.

Attorney Jay Holland on recent episode of the Thomson Reuters podcast Legal Current explains the many pitfalls that await companies without employee emoji policies. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.)

According to the scholars over at the Harvard Business Review, despite what most American's may think, over the past 25 years, not much has changed when it comes to hiring discrimination for black Americans.

Shocked? You're not alone. It's safe to say that most people would have expected there to have been a drastic change particularly given that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed over 50 years ago. But a recent analysis has shown that a white applicant is more than 36 percent more likely to get a call back for an interview than a black candidate with equivalent credentials.

EEOC Sues Denver Company for Transgender Discrimination

If the President can discriminate against military personnel who are transgender, why not a tire company?

Because it's against the law, says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a new lawsuit. The EEOC has sued a Denver tire company for rescinding a job offer to a transgender man.

It might shock the conscience that an employer could be so brash, but these are confusing times for companies and their general counsel.

In an effort to prevent litigation from ever happening in the first place, many companies, on the advice of their in house or general counsel, have likely adopted arbitration clauses into all employment agreements. And as the courts have continued to uphold these clauses as valid, the extent of protection employers opted for has continued to grow.

Now, the typical employment agreement not only includes an arbitration clause, but it also has a prohibition on pursuing any collective action via arbitration. And if this seems harsh, many employers will be happy to take the next person waiting in line for your job who will be willing to accept this almost every-industry-wide standard. However, a trio of cases, recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court may end the use of this legally lethal employment term.

Getting an interview for an in house position is an accomplishment in and of itself. It's also an opportunity to impress, regardless of whether you think you're qualified. If you are qualified, or are a perfect match for the job on paper, you may just need to make it through the interview without embarrassing yourself.

One easy way to not feel embarrassed at an interview is to dress appropriately. The last thing you want is to show up dressed business casual when everyone you're interviewing with will be wearing a business suit. On the other hand, showing up for an interview in a plain, boring, suit when your interviews could be in shorts and a t-shirt could also be somewhat uncomfortable or embarrassing.