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Published on January 19th, 2018 | by David "Double D" Devereaux

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Law Tigers Restricts Employee From Associating With Motorcycle Clubs.

Would you believe someone that said, “I support motorcycle clubs and champion the rights of mistreated riders. But my female Social Ambassador must refrain from promoting any association with motorcycle clubs or political issues relating to motorcycle rights.” Well that’s exactly what Law Tigers has done.

 

Law Tigers prohibits associating with motorcycle clubs

Law Tigers placing ad for an influencer contest, but prohibiting motorcycle club affiliations

 

Law Tigers, a national franchise business of injury attorneys who market to motorcyclists, boasts on their website that they exist to help all riders. Beyond accidents, Law Tigers claims to stand for the rights of motorcyclists, including clubs. But in seeming direct contradiction to these statements of support, a requirement of a posted Law Tigers Social Ambassador position requires that the ambassador not promote any political or motorcycle club affiliations, a requirement that would be considered unconstitutional if Law Tigers were a state employer.

 

It’s difficult to square these two perspectives simultaneously. Motorcycle clubs are lucrative marketing ground and also influential among the broader biker community. Supporting attorneys that actually support motorcycle clubs and rights should be an important directive for all club members and rights advocates.

 

Motorcycle Rights and Accident Attorneys

 

The motorcycle rights movement has been primary marketing ground for motorcycle accident attorneys for decades. And the social contract can be mutually beneficial. It’s no secret that personal injury law is one of the most profitable forms of practice. It’s also no secret that motorcycle accidents are common, particularly among motorcycle clubs which represent the segment of the motorcycling community that rides the majority of miles ridden in America. Profits from this relationship can fund critical civil liberty lawsuits to fight discrimination against motorcyclists that would otherwise lack sufficient funding. Lawsuits can be very expensive.

 

The promise to pursue rights based claims can be very persuasive to motorcycle club members. The fact that a portion of profits from an accident settlement/judgement is re- dedicated to fight discrimination provides a mechanism to address issues that would otherwise go unchallenged.

 

But motorcycle club members realize the value of this relationship and are often skeptical that the attorneys obligations under the social contract are being fulfilled. Of course they have to say they support motorcycle rights and motorcycle clubs. But what if this same organization creates employment requirements that would be unconstitutional infringements on association and speech if imposed by a state employer?

 

Law Tigers Talks The Talk

 

The Law Tigers website describes the firm’s goals and background in a third person narrative. In the About section, Law Tigers is described as caring for all riders and even going so far as to say that Law Tigers is a champion of motorcycle rights, including clubs.

 

“Their passion for riding and marketing acumen have built Law Tigers into a nationally- recognized brand that serves every rider in the US.”

 

“Warren [Levenbaum’s] work championing the rights of mistreated riders continues to resonate as the soul of Law Tigers, and Ari [Levenbaum] has cultivated thousands of partnerships within the motorcycle world – clubs, vendors, manufacturers, and dealerships.”

 

Ok. So Law Tigers talks the talk. But what do they require of those representing their brand?

 

Law Tigers Contract Restricts Female Ambassor’s Association and Speech Rights

 

These “Biker” attorneys are promoting a contest where the winner becomes the contracted Social Ambassador to the Law Tigers brand. As a condition to the contract, the Social Ambassador “must refrain from promoting political, religious, illegal or motorcycle club affiliation on their personal social platforms.”

 

Law Tigers is not prohibited from discriminating because they are a private employer and motorcycle clubs are not a protected class. However, if Law Tigers were a government entity, then this contract requirement restricting fundamental speech and association rights would arguably be considered an unconstitutional violation of the 1st Amendment.        ( See RONALD GODWIN v. ROGUE VALLEY YOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, (RVYCF et al.,) U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, No. 14-35042, AUGUST 10, 2016)

 

Law Tigers Contest Post Rules

Law Tigers Rules for entry prohibit contest entrants from associating with motorcycle clubs

 

 

Final Thought

 

Motorcycle club members are a very valuable resource for motorcycle accident attorneys. Regardless of private entities such as Law Tigers legal right to restrict employees expression rights, motorcycle club members and motorcycle rights advocates have a choice when they are the unfortunate victims of an accident. All motorcycle accident attorneys will tell you they support clubs and rights. All accident attorneys say they are the “champion” of motorcycle rights when a victim is deciding whether to retain them for an accident. But not all all motorcycle attorneys walk the walk. Certainly, motorcycle club members and other motorcyclists concerned about civil liberties should be hesitant to hire an attorney that didn’t want their social ambassador to express association with clubs or political issues.

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David

is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Council of Clubs, Founder of the Motorcycle Profiling Project, and works with motorcyclists at the national level. Contact: Send Email,



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10 Responses to Law Tigers Restricts Employee From Associating With Motorcycle Clubs.

  1. You Know you could DECLINE the Award and Just tell them to Kiss Your Ass. File a 1st Amendment Suit, and Find another Law Firm

  2. Lauri Belle says:

    Extremely enlightening David, thank you so so so much!
    #2

  3. J.R. says:

    Looking for someone who’s neutral on issues, so as not to alienate any possible client. If spokes person promotes their club affiliation and it’s an unfriendly club to yours are you going to use Law Tigers?? Maybe I read it wrong, but just looked that way to me. I had a similar situation years back with a business, did work for a lot of different club members. had more than one chance to become a member of a couple clubs. Said no, because of potential business loss if club problems developed. JMHO

  4. Stick says:

    Well looks like I will not be using Law Tigers for anything ever.

  5. We would have preferred that you first reached out to us for clarification. We are in no way against MC’s and in fact many of our employees belong to organizations or actively participate in the rides and events that clubs put on. In addition, we sponsor over 100+ MC’s, we support several COC’s throughout the country, donate time and money to clubs and organizations each year as well as print fliers for their events at no charge. The disclaimer you referenced was included to avoid showing confusion or favoritism to specific clubs, which is why we stipulated that the Female Influencer should not directly promote their motorcycle club affiliation. We didn’t prohibit women riders with club affiliations from entering the contest and it had no bearing on who was selected as a finalist. In fact, we decided to create this program to promote and acknowledge women riders throughout the community and also highlight female riders from all backgrounds and affiliations. We sincerely hope that this expiation sufficiently addresses any concerns and clarifies our position. If you have any questions, concerns or wish to discuss this further you can contact me the owner at [email protected].

  6. It’s kind of funny to read this, then read how you will screen comments on your own website. But that is your right to share messages that align with your mission.

    That is much the same as what Law Tigers is doing here in my opinion. I feel this article is an attack and takes things out of context. They are not agains “clubs” in fact them keeping clubs out of their marketing insures they don’t upset or single out any club or opposing club. They are nutral and except all clubs equally.

    I honestly agree with Law Tigers move here. If you are a spokesman or woman the companies that stand behind you need to trust your not going to go out and stir the pot or create trouble. You can’t single out groups of bikers or pick sides. I agree with that. To be a spokesperson you need to (at least on your business page) leave that stuff behind. Way too many people get offended way to easy now days, I’d say this article is actually very good proof of that.

    I have been a spokesman for many large companies and I have to say this is standard in the industry. Just my 2 cents.

    • Colt Colt says:

      Thanks for your comments, our policy is to refrain from approving comments that have no relevance or potential benefit to our audience. Not to suppress opposing views. I can see how that assumption is made, but it is contrary to the facts. We welcome and encourage intelligent debate, but trolls or arguing for arguments sake has no benefit for the MPP or our audience.

      Secondly that may be their policy and they are entitled to it, but the fact remains that they don’t want their spokespeople to post “political, religious, illegal or motorcycle club affiliations” on their personal profile page. Which means they don’t want anyone associated with their brand to be seen even discussing the likes of MC’s. Not just on a page this ambassador creates for herself, but on a “personal” profile as well. This does not preclude someone from discussing a PETA affiliation or an ACLU affiliation or an AARP affiliation, or anything other organization that is not political, religious or illegal. Frankly it shows a disposition that an affiliation with a Motorcycle Club has a negative connotation, which is precisely what we strive to correct. One’s affiliation with a Motorcycle Club is a first amendment protected right and should not carry with it the negative stigma that has been exacerbated by Law Enforcement and the Media for decades. They didn’t restrict someone from “stirring the pot” or “creating trouble” here, they made a blanket statement that lumped MC’s in with highly polarized and controversial topics including illegal activity. One can express an affiliation with a motorcycle club without “creating trouble” or “picking sides”…

      Further, if you DO support MC’s and MC culture than why prohibit anyone if you are to stand for all bikers?

      We aren’t offended by their decision, we just choose not allow pure capitalists into our culture. We are all for people making a profit, but not if they say one thing and do another. We have a lot of experience working with organizations that profit from our community under the guise of “giving back” but are nowhere to be found when we truly need them.

      Also cannot help but notice Law Tigers are high up on your own sponsor list. So that further explains your stance on this issue.

      Colt.

  7. TinCan says:

    All that BS for ten grand… good luck

  8. OGLY RAY says:

    WE AS A GROUP SHOULD ONLY SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT US . WALK THE WALK AS YOU SAY NOT JUST TALK. MIKE MEYERS IS WHO I WILL CALL.

  9. Good to know this information, I will spread it to my Brothers! Unbelievable how this is actually something they can pull after building their reputation in the motorcycle community. I say it’s an all or nothing deal. As far as I’m concerned they’re not to be trusted, EVEN if they change their bullshit policy!

    L&R

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