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Offit Kurman Attorney Russell Berger Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek Article

0521_smallbiz_cheerleader_970-630x420Offit Kurman attorney Russell Berger was quoted in the Bloomberg Businessweek article “The Latest Cheerleader to Sue a Football Team Says She Made $2 an Hour.” The article written by Patrick Clark, discusses the latest lawsuit filed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader. Pierre-Val joined the squad in the spring of 2012 and claims that over all she was paid less than two dollars an hour, being paid as independent contractor but treated as an employee. “Misclassification suits usually hinge on who controls the work relationship,” says Russell Berger, a Baltimore labor lawyer at Offit Kurman. “The extent to which the employer sets work hours or determines how the job is to be performed is often the determining factor.” Berger has been following the recent outbreak of NFL Cheerleaders filing lawsuits over minimum wage violations and has published articles on the Buffalo Jills lawsuit as well as the Oakland Raiders lawsuit. To read the full article featuring Berger in the Bloomberg Business week click here.  If you have any questions regarding labor and employment disputes please contact Russell Berger at: Labor Lawyer Russell R. | 410.209.6449 Russell Berger is an experienced labor lawyer and litigator who is well versed in both state and federal court proceedings. He has received the honor of being named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in both 2012 and 2013. In addition to handling general litigation matters, Mr. Berger’s practice focuses on labor and employment disputes. Working as a labor attorney, Mr. Berger handles many different labor issues, including minimum wage and overtime litigation (under the Fair Labor Standards Act), wrongful termination claims, non-compete agreements, employment agreements, and severance agreements. Issues arising out of claims of retaliation, claims of discrimination and harassment filed under Title VII and state anti-discrimination laws, and claims brought under federal statutes such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) all fall under Mr. Berger’s area of expertise as a labor and employment attorney. He also handles other work related issues such as wrongful termination, employment contract and general contract claims, employment-related tort claims and other business and professional tort claims. Mr. Berger frequently represents employers, businesses and professional clients as a labor and employment attorney in litigation throughout the country. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via FacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube, and LinkedIn