Defining 'Employee' Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

Law360, New York (September 22, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT) -- Whether in the accounting, architecture, health care or legal business, professional services are provided by ever-larger entities. Organized typically as partnerships, limited liability companies or professional corporations, they often are comprised of individuals with purported ownership interests.

It has been increasingly common for disgruntled individuals who purportedly are owners of an organization to sue to retain, or advance, their positions. Federal anti-discrimination laws are the vehicles often chosen to challenge compensation, removal from an organization or demotion to a non-ownership status. Claimants usually seek back/front pay,...
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