Jamon R Hicks

Attorney at Law

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When Women Just Can’t Get Ahead in Business

Modern women have made a deep impression on the job market.  Currently, sixty-six percent of America’s work force is composed of women, which makes a huge statement in terms of equal employment opportunity, at least at face value.  More women are being hired, but a disproportionately small number are advancing into middle and senior management level.  Only twenty-one percent of middle management positions are comprised of women, and only sixteen percent hold a senior management position.  The only true exceptions to these figures are in the humanities and in education.


Women continue to be discriminated against in areas that are viewed as “male jobs”, despite their qualifications and field of expertise.  Women are routinely passed up for management positions in mechanical engineering, research and development, finance, or as construction supervisors.  They are often held back, their abilities transferred to front desk office space that serves more as window dressing than as full utilization of their abilities, their educational qualifications ignored while they serve as secretaries, receptionists or other types of public relations personnel.


Significantly, this form of show room discrimination is against the law in many states that have ordinances banning discrimination against physical appearances.  Many companies and organizations sidestep this law by using a bonafide occupational qualifications defense.  Since state and federal mandates do not restrict this bias, companies are often able to get away with refusing to hire or advance women based on their looks, size or age.

Although equal employment laws protect against discrimination toward hiring older women, they do not protect women under forty.  Youthful looking women may be passed up for a management position based on their appearance.  More young women, between ages 18 and 35, feel they are being discriminated against for their age than older women.

A woman should not be passed up for a position because she has children.  She should not be discriminated against because of her looks, size or age.  Discrimination against looks can apply to both attractiveness and not having the “desired” looks for a job.  While attractive women become stuck in show room positions, women are often passed up for not having a “classic American” look.  This can apply not only to those whose looks are ruled as unsightly, but also to Hispanics, blacks and Asian Americans.  Recent rulings determined that the hiring of women for business management positions should not be based on a sorority appearance.


I am attorney Jamon Hicks and I am sensitive to the unique problems facing women who have left behind business management in order to start their own small businesses.  Entrepreneurship aside, the world of high profile business is still dominated by men who want to decide the success or failure of women who seek to own or operate a business.  When you work with me, you are hiring an expert in business management who understands the many obstacles women face in presenting a strong business profile.

With over half the work force dominated by women, it’s time to level the playing field!


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3 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Small Business


It’s part of the American Dream – being your own boss and making a living doing what you love.  The Small Business Association reports that 99.7% of all employer firms are small businesses, with only about half surviving their first five years. The good news is that small businesses have generated over 65% of new jobs over the last 17 years, and this trend is important to our fragile economy. But before you decide to give up your day job to run your own small business, there are a few things you need to consider.



Not Every Passion Makes a Good Business

The lure of being your own boss and doing what you love is what brings many people into small business. But you have to be smart. Does your passion lend well to business success? Is there a need for your product or service? What do you offer that is better than anyone else that does this same thing for a living? Will you be able to make a decent profit doing what you love?

Research, Research, Research

Once you have an idea of what you will offer, research the market. I cannot stress this enough! Don’t open a bakery if there are already three others within half a mile of where you want to open unless you have a clear understanding of the market, your competition, and what sets you apart. Visit the competition and see what they offer. Maybe you find out no one offers custom cakes, or features gluten free products, or bakes with local ingredients. If there is strong competition from similar businesses, make sure you offer something unique. And whether you have competition or will be the only one in town, talk to your potential customers. Maybe there is a reason there is no one else around that offers what you do…



Every Business Owner Needs Goals

Clear goals from the beginning are essential for keeping your business on track, as well as being able to review your accomplishments and mistakes. Goals provide you with a plan of action and will make it easier to succeed in the long run. Go big or start small. It really depends on you and your business. It is much easier to get where you want to go rather than wandering around aimlessly waiting for the money to appear. When you are your own boss, you are the one that has to make things happen.

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Jamon R. Hicks, Your Attorney for Business Litigation


In an ideal world, people would take immediate responsibility for accidents caused by their neglect or carelessness.  In that uncomplicated world, if you have been injured because a company sold you a defective collapsible ladder that collapsed while you were climbing it, the company pay for your hospital bills and recovery time.  If you have suffered damages and risks to your health because of an automobile accident where the other driver was clearly at fault, you would receive compensation without question or delay.


However, we do not live in an ideal world.  We live in a world filled with legal jargon, barely understandable from a layman’s view.  We live in a world filled with statutes and hidden clauses that favor best corporations and insurance companies.  What we might see as a simple case of defining our rights is lost in the proceedings and circumstances of not fully knowing our rights and the correct steps to take in asserting them.


If you have been involved in an accident involving injury, loss of work hours and/or damage to your business property, you might not receive the compensation to which you are entitled unless you hire an attorney.  The successful outcome of a case depends much on timely documentation and filing through the correct channels.  It depends on clear articulation of the articles of law and how they apply to your situation.


My name is Jamon R. Hicks and I am a business attorney with experience in civil cases involving injury and wrongful death.  My practice has included mitigation for the plaintiff in some of the most complicated civil cases, such as injuries received in an automobile collision, medical malpractice cases, spinal cord and brain injury, mesothelioma and premises liability.  I also provide legal advice to new startup companies who hope to avoid liability issues and get started in a safe and forward-thinking business.



Do not let insurance companies fool you.  Do not let large businesses and corporations remove your basic rights by denying you the compensation for your suffering and loss.  Do not let an accident that could have been avoided by attendance to safety regulations and good common sense destroy your income.  In an ideal world, justice is determined by the degree of guilt and fair retribution for damages.  This is not an ideal world, but if you hire an attorney who wishes to see equitable justice served, you will be helping to make it one.

– Jamon R. Hicks