Posts by Wendy Lane

Wendy E. Lane focuses on business and employment counseling, litigation, and dispute resolution. Wendy has considerable experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in employment litigation involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliatory discharge and wrongful discharge, as well as drafting employment handbooks and advising employers on employment issues. She also has represented clients in actions for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and unfair business practices, trademark infringement, civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duties, wrongful death/toxic torts and claims arising from the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act. Wendy has significant experience in child advocacy and family law. She authored the first edition of a manual on adoption law used by pro bono attorneys and law students in finalizing adoptions of dependent children throughout Los Angeles. An advocate of children's rights, Wendy has dedicated substantial time as a volunteer and intern with various social service agencies and non-profit, charitable organizations.

Miss Universe Organization Sues Contestant for Accusing Miss USA Pageant of Being Phonier Than a Spray-On Tan

As any viewer of The Apprentice knows, Donald Trump likes to be the one to say “you’re fired.”  However, Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin, recently “fired” Trump and his Miss Universe Organization.

Monnin gave up her crown after alleging that the results of the May 30, 2012 Miss USA Pageant were rigged, and were even known by certain contestants before they were announced on live television.

Monnin claims that the Donald is as morally bankrupt as many of his companies are financially bankrupt.  On June 6, 2012, Monnin posted this highly restrained “letter of resignation” on her Facebook page:

I have decided to resign my position as Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012.  Effective immediately I have voluntarily, completely, and utterly removed myself from the Miss Universe Organization.

In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.  I do not support this system in any way.  In my heart I believe in honesty, fair play, a fair opportunity, and high moral integrity, none of which in my opinion are part of this pageant system any longer.

Thank you all for your support and understanding as I walk a road I never dreamed I’d need to walk, as I take a stand I never dreamed I’d need to take.

After 10 years of competing in a pageant system I once believed in, I now completely and irrevocably separate myself in every way and on every level from the Miss Universe Organization.  I remove my support completely and have turned in the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012.

Although the post has since been removed, the accusations didn’t go over well with Trump, who has a history of reminding the public about his honesty and search for the truth.  (When he teased making a presidential run in 2000, he humbly noted:  “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”  More recently, Trump responded to President Obama’s definitive refutation of Trump’s “Birther” claims by proudly taking credit for getting to the truth of Obama’s birth certificate.)

The Donald vs. Miss Pennsylvania

Needless to say, Trump and the Miss Universe Organization did not take Monnin’s allegations of dishonestly lightly, promptly serving her with a legal arbitration action for defamation.  Essentially, they maintain Monnin is a “loser” whose whine is caused by a case of “sour grapes.”  While Sheena may be guilty of missed congeniality, has she actually Trumped up false and defamatory accusations? Continue reading the full story . . . »

The Importance of Keeping Abreast of the Law of Workplace Dress Codes

In a case that rivals the showdowns between scantily-clad women on episodes of the infamous Real Housewives of New Jersey and Jersey Shore, a lesser-known New Jersey resident, Lauren Odes, is sure to get her 15 minutes of fame by filing a complaint against her former employer, claiming that its dress code was a bust, and that she was fired for being “too hot.”  As for the accused employer?  It’s a lingerie manufacturer owned by Orthodox Jewish men (once again proving that reality is sometimes funnier, weirder, and more creative than bloggers ever could be).

Odes worked for her employer, Native Intimates, for the grand total of a week.  During that time, she claims that she was not only asked to wear less provocative clothing, but that she was advised by her supervisor to tape down her chest and was forced to wear an ugly robe to cover up a revealing outfit before she was ultimately terminated when she left work to buy a baggy outfit.

Here is a photograph of Odes at her press-conference, holding a picture of herself in the robe she was allegedly shamed into wearing (and presumably attempting to demonstrate the hotness for which she was allegedly terminated):

Like Right Said Fred, she may just be too sexy for that job.

(With Odes is celebrattorney Gloria Allred, who appears to have a batphone that rings any time a case like this arises.)

Odes, who also claims that she is being unfairly held to her employer’s Orthodox religious standards regarding dress, has filed claims for gender and religious discrimination under federal law.  Many find Odes’ case to be laughable.  But does Odes have a legitimate claim to get off her chest? Continue reading the full story . . . »

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