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Hiring & Pay Discrimination.


On Nov. 19, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) reported that it reached a $1.813 million settlement with federal contractor, G&K Services (G&K) to remedy the systemic hiring and sex-based pay discrimination violations the OFCCP says G&K made at nine of its U.S. facilities including 2 in Texas (Houston and Coppell) from 2011-2015.
According to the OFCCP, G&K discriminated against 444 women employees by assigning them to lower paying job duties and filling higher paying jobs with men. Further, G&K allegedly failed to provide equal opportunity to 456 Black and 111 White male general laborer applicants at its Houston, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina facilities. 


G&K denies liability, but agreed to pay $1.813 million to members of the affected classes, and to extend 58 opportunities for women employees to move into higher paying positions and 78 job opportunities to the black and white male applicants who were not hired.  Ultimately, federal contractors must take care to avoid discrimination in the workplace because the OFCCP “will not tolerate employment discrimination by companies that do business with the federal government,” says U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.  ​​For assistance with questions concerning these issues or with affirmative action plan compliance, please contact us

Derrick Law Receives National WBE Certification.

D Magazine Recognizes Alia Derrick as a 2017 Best Lawyers in Dallas.

Jan. 18, 2016 – Last week's Jan. 13, 2016 record $1.6 Billion Dollar Powerball Jackpot had many co-workers seriously considering pooling resources to try to win big.  Amidst the excitement, radio hosts from coast to coast interviewed Derrick Law attorney Alia Derrick about the legal trouble that can result from office lottery pools.  Ms Derrick gave the hosts and their listeners countless reasons, and ways, to protect themselves before diving into office lottery pools.  Listen to Ms. Derrick's interview on Mike Cohen's "Capitol City Recap" evening show on WILS 1320 AM in Michigan at: http://1320wils.com/assets/files/1-13-16%20Alia%20Derrick.mp3 and her interview on Wendy Edwards' "Morning News Weekends" Show on WINA 98.9 FM/ 1070 AM in Virginia at: http://wina.com/podcasts/alia-derrick/.  Ms. Derrick also spoke on the "Mark and Dave Show" in Oregon (KPAM 860 AM), and Gary Poszik's "Health, Wealth, and Wellness" show in South Carolina (WGCV 105.1 FM/ 620 AM).  To schedule Ms. Derrick to speak on this or a similar topic, contact us

Employ, Train, and Retain Your Next Rockstar Legally 


Rockstar Legally."  She also shared certain legal pitfalls that all business owners and expanding businesses should know about hiring, retaining, and firing workers. Other panelists addressed topics that included employee onboarding and training.  To schedule Ms. Derrick to speak on this or a similar topic, contact us

Feb. 10, 2017 – The Texas Bar College recognizes the best trained attorneys in Texas and invites them to join the honorary society of judges and attorneys. Alia Derrick was once again invited to be a member of the College. Derrick Law congratulates its 2017 Texas Bar College member, Alia Derrick! 

May 4, 2017 – D Magazine names Alia Derrick as a "2017 Best Lawyers in Dallas" for Labor & Employment.  According to D Magazine, only 4 percent of Dallas and Collin County attorneys across all specialties receive the honor.  Accordingly, Derrick Law congratulates its 2017 Best Lawyers in Dallas, Alia Derrick!

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June 11, 2016 – Alia Derrick speaks at the 2016 Success in Business Seminar at UNT at Dallas College of Law alongside an investor, banker, tax expert, privacy attorney, and expert sales strategists.  Seminar attendees learned industry leading tips on how to increase sales, lower their company’s risk of legal ruin, make themselves lender ready, and take control of their business’ financial health.  Ms. Derrick shared some common legal landmines small to mid-sized businesses face, tips to avoid them, recent legal developments every business owner needs to know, and the new risks associated with hiring independent contractors and staffing companies.  To schedule Ms. Derrick to speak on this or a similar topics,contact us.

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Jan. 11, 2016 – The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFFCP) final rules prohibiting pay secrecy went into effect today.  The new rules implement President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order 13665 that prohibits federal contractors from taking any adverse action against employees or job applicants because they inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation or benefits of themselves, co-workers, or applicants. The rule does not, however, leave federal contractors defenseless.  It includes both general and specific defense provisions designed to guard against confidentiality breaches.  For example, the rule does not protect the disclosure of other’s pay information that is improperly obtained as part of the disclosing employee’s essential job function.  All federal contractors who, on or after January 11, 2016, enter into or modify federal contracts that exceed $10,000 in value must comply with the new rule including its mandate that contractors disseminate to employees and applicants the nondiscrimination provision prescribed by the Director of the OFFCP.   To ensure compliance with this new rule or for questions concerning it, contact us. 

Super Lawyers Recognizes Alia Derrick as a 2017 Texas Rising Star.

Mar. 4, 2017 – Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the United States on a state-by-state basis. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Texas are named to the Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. For the second consecutive year, Super Lawyers has recognized Alia Derrick as a Texas Rising Star!  Derrick Law congratulates its 2017 Texas Rising Star, Alia Derrick! 

Alia Derrick Speaks at 2016

Success in Business Seminar 


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April 7, 2016 – Derrick Law received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Council – Southwest, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC’s national certification standard is a meticulous process including an in-depth business review and site inspection.  Derrick Law is honored by its national WBE certification.

Texas Bar College Recognizes Alia Derrick Among Best Trained Attorneys in Texas.  

Office Lottery Pools: Are You Protected?  

Nov. 20, 2015 – On Nov. 17th, Derrick Law Attorney, Alia Derrick, spoke on a panel at the Grove Dallas in Downtown Dallas. Ms. Derrick told business owners and program attendees how to "Employ, Train, and Retain Your Next