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Coinbase, the cryptocurrency start-up based in San Francisco, has recently made headlines following accusations made by current and former employees alleging racial and gender discrimination in the workplace. As we discussed in our previous blog on Coinbase, “the company’s internal racial tensions escalated in the wake of George Floyd and Brionna Taylor’s deaths as several black employees in the tech industry demonstrated their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.” Female employees have also spoken out about their experience with the company, several of them filing internal complaints. Additionally, many employees have written negative reviews on Glassdoor, one of them…
Expertise, an online service that connects users with the best local services in a wide array of fields, recently included our firm on its list of “Best Employment Lawyers in New York” for 2021. The company scored 3,113 lawyers based on availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism.  We are proud to say that The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis made the top 29 out of these 3,113 employment lawyers. Expertise gave us an A+ rating in the “reputation” category and mentioned our consistently high reviews.  We would like to thank Expertise for the feature, our clients for entrusting…
Negotiation is always about steering a relationship, and the first relationship we need to steer is the one we have with ourselves. Thinking about what has gone right in the past can be incredibly effective in helping us to be creative in solving the problem before us now. Are we asking the right question when we go into a negotiation? Apple’s ipod was enormously successful but Steve Jobs noticed how many devices people were handling and realized he had solved the wrong problem! The solution of course changed our lives. Asking someone an open question can open the door to…
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their December data last Friday. In the United States, 140,000 net jobs were lost last month. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), a non-profit that fights against gender-discrimination, said that “All of the jobs lost were women’s jobs, with women losing 156,000 jobs and men gaining 16,000.” This data means that women account for 111% of the jobs lost in December of 2020. There is a clear disparity between the genders on this issue. Business Insider attributes this decline due to a loss of jobs in the education, retail, and hospitality sectors, which are…
Google was subject to some criticism last month after firing one of its senior-level artificial-intelligence computer scientists, Timnit Gebru, for sending an email alluding to the company’s mistreatment of minority employees. Gebru, who held the position of a co-leader in Google’s Ethical AI Team in Silicon Valley, led and fostered research that assisted in raising the company’s status as a pioneer in the tech industry. According to the Washington Post, Gebru worked amongst a racially homogeneous group and was driven to push for more diversity and inclusion in her team. She sent an email out to a list of…
In the midst of violence that seems targeted at our civic life and a pandemic imposing “social distancing,” I find myself thinking a lot about community.  As I have previously reflected, “community integration” is a legal phrase about the ADA’s requirement to provide services to people with disabilities in small, community-based settings rather than in… Continue reading Independence Does Not Mean Isolation →
Royal Law Firm PLLC January 14, 2021 , 10:55 am , A Will versus a Trust- What’s the Difference A will versus a trust: What’s the difference?    Let’s start with the basics. If you pass away without a Will or a Trust, there is a process under state inheritance laws that details what happens to a person’s estate assets when that person dies without a will or trust. Intestate succession refers to the order in which spouses, children, siblings, parents, cousins, etc. are entitled to inherit from a family member when no estate planning documents exist.   …
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As we age we need to make decisions about so many things we used to take for granted. Whether we’ve noticed a change in our comfort level driving long distances or in unfamiliar places, changes in our physical strength and endurance, or the need to shift assets around to secure our health and well-being over the long-haul, important decisions can trigger difficult conversations with our loved ones, who may have very different ideas about what the best course of action is in any of these situations. Mediation is a confidential conversation facilitated by a professional mediator who has been trained…
Party self-determination. Mediator impartiality. Mediator neutrality. Sounds simple, right? Actually how these three principles are applied by a mediator can affect the outcome of a mediation. Does self-determination mean that a party has the right to accept a terrible settlement without any intervention by the mediator? Mediator impartiality means, at a minimum, that the mediator doesn’t have any conflicts or prior undisclosed relationships with any of the parties. But what about bias, conscious or unconscious, and how that affects the course of the mediation, especially when it’s a high-conflict dispute and the mediator needs to take an active role in…
On December 31, 2020 the Healthy Terminals Act was signed into law by Governor Mario Cuomo requiring employees working at airports and with contractors providing airport food services to receive fringe benefits or cash supplements. The bill was co-sponsored by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, D-Bronx and supported by Service Employees International Union Local 32 BJ, the union representing many of the airport workers.  It is expected that this new law will offset the cost of health care for airport employees who work performing building services, cabin cleaners and wheelchairs and baggage claims attendants. These workers generally cannot afford…
When punishment must be swift and severe to protect the sacred symbolism of democracy The whole world except America’s caviar chugging, wine swigging elite knows the implications of what happened on January 6, when a mob instigated by Trump took over Congress. America’s elite which has always closed its eyes to the travails of common Americans and stuck up its nose at minorities and Black people, is playing ostrich. It is the manner of the elite. They ignore disagreeable situations and wish them away and then pretend there is no problem. A Trump supporter taking over a seat of an…
As the Coronavirus Pandemic rages on, many people are wondering how life might change after a vaccine is widely available. Over the last ten months, the pandemic has drastically changed the American workplace, with 42% of the American workforce working remotely. While some employees enjoy the flexibility of working from home, others prefer a traditional office environment. Since many employees have shown that they can successfully work remotely during the pandemic, it’s likely that remote work will remain in some increased capacity after the pandemic ends. For example, Stripe, a financial services firm, has opened up a fully…
Royal Law Firm PLLC January 7, 2021 , 8:59 pm , The Tried and True Strategy of Musk Foundation: This Is No Tesla The Tried and True Strategy of Musk Foundation: This Is No Tesla The last quarter of the year usually shows an uptick in charitable giving – one of the reasons being the need to maximize the deductions for the tax year before it ends. When it comes to the wealthy, more sophisticated strategies show similar focus on tax savings through philanthropy. Even a little giving goes a long way for the donor and the charities.…
Last Tuesday, a New York State appeals court denied Lyft’s attempt to overturn New York City’s minimum wage rules for e-hail drivers.  In 2018, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) released guidelines establishing the first minimum wage for app-based drivers in the US, setting minimum per-trip charges that guaranteed drivers would earn at least $17.22, which includes minimum wage ($15) plus payroll taxes ($2.22). In 2019, Lyft had argued that the rules set forth by the TLC were biased towards its competitor, Uber, and sued the commission. The 2019 lawsuit against the TLC was brought to an end by New…