Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 10 Lawffice Space Entries of 2010: Nos. 10-6

It seems like only yesterday that I was drafting the Top 10 Lawffice Space Entries of 2009. Where did 2010 go? Here are some of the top posts of the year to help us remember. Posts are ranked by number of pageviews in 2010 and only posts written in 2010 are eligible.

10. Chart of Union Membership by Sector
I've noticed that people like charts. This post shows the decline of union membership in the private sector, the gain in union membership in the public sector, and the overall decline in union membership in the last decade.

9. Chart of EEOC Charges 1997-2009
Like I just said... people like charts! This post breaks down the number of discrimination charges filed with the EEOC, broken down by protected class. I expect the EEOC to release its 2010 statistics shortly and you can expect an updated chart.

8. Prima Facie ADEA Case in RIF Post-Gross
This post addressed a technical legal issue arising from the Supreme Court's decision in Gross v. FBL. It includes the 6th Circuit's framework and a link to several briefs on the issue drafted by students as part of a moot court competition.

7. Employee's Fetus was Creating a Negative Energy Field in the Workplace
A bizarre discrimination suit involving a fetus accused of having a negative force field. This post was retweeted 16 times and liked on Facebook 12 times in 2010. There's a disturbing "pre-birth memory" story in there too (don't say I didn't warn you).

6. Distraction Theory - ADA Association Provision
This entry addressed a legal theory protecting employees who are "distracted" from their work duties due to an association with an individual with a disability. This is the newest post in the Top 10 (there's some date bias in the list as January posts, for example, have 12 months to accumulate hits). The instant popularity of this post was largely due to a link from Overlawyered, the oldest law blog known to man.

Tune in tomorrow for the top 5!

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.