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|BC Human Rights Tribunal Makes Record Damages Award for Injury to Dignity in Discrimination Case|
Maggie Campbell; Davis LLP;
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 26, 2014In a recent decision, Kelly v. University of British Columbia, 2013 BCHRT 302, the BC Human Rights Tribunal awarded a complainant $75,000 in damages for injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect. More than double the previous highest award of $35,000, this award sets the new high water mark for...
|Women's Equality Agenda|
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
March 21, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014New York lawmakers are at it again, as the Women's Equality Agenda passed in the Assembly January 27, reviving a fight over abortion laws that derailed the law last year.
|Recent Appeal Decisions Impacting on Police Liability|
Visnja Jovanovic, Eugene G. Mazzuca, Rafal Szymanski; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
March 17, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014Police liability is a unique area of law for its breadth. Unlike many other fields that may focus on one or two particular narrow legal issue(s), cases involving police liability are impacted by not only tort, but also by administrative, criminal, and constitutional law considerations. All of these...
|Patiently Waiting for the Florida Supreme Court to Decide Whether Pregnant Women Are Protected Under the Florida Civil Rights Act|
Jeannie A. Hanrahan; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014There is currently a conflict within the Florida circuits on the issue of whether the Florida Civil Rights Act (§§ 760.01-010, Florida Statutes) protects against workplace discrimination based on pregnancy. This issue was heard by the Florida Supreme Court in late May 2013, in the case of...
|Occupant In a Fleeing Vehicle Is Not an Innocent Bystander...Or Is He?|
Kimberly A. Boyer-Cohen; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014Under the law in Pennsylvania, police officers owe no duty of care to the driver of a fleeing vehicle, Lindstrom v. City of Corry, 763 A.2d 394 (Pa. 2000), but they do owe a duty of care to innocent third parties, Jones v. Chieffo, 700 A.2d 417 (Pa. 1997), who are bystanders unconnected with the...
|Grappling with Procedures Mandated by the ADA|
Paul F. Keneally; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
March 7, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014Many employers, understandably, have become so frustrated with the number of laws and regulations they must follow that they now assume they must grant every employee request. This tendency has been especially prevalent when discussing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its counterpart...
|Nebraska Extends Veterans Preference to Spouses of Disabled Vets|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 5, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has approved a new Nebraska law that extends veterans preference in hiring to the spouses of permanently disabled veterans. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2015.
|Dear Colleague Letter Firmly Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies|
Pullman Comley LLC;
February 21, 2014The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering student discipline without discrimination on the basis of race,...
|Singapore Court Of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Legal Entitlement to Assets of Deposed Philippines Premier, Ferdinand E Marcos|
Annie Clarke, Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014In 1986, the President of the Philippines, Mr Ferdinand E. Marcos, was deposed by a non-violent coup later popularised as the ‘People Power Revolution’. During his tenure, Mr Marcos, his family and close associates are alleged to have illicitly looted public assets to amass a huge...
|How to Ensure an Inclusive Environment for Student Athletes and Issues of Sexual Identity|
Andrea N. Jones; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 8, 2014Recently, college sophomore Conner Mertens became the first college football player in the United States to publicly come out. Conner is the kicker on the Willamette University football team in Oregon. This unprecedented event affects not only the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and...