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HTMLOntario Divisional Court Upholds a Worst-Case Scenario Decision from the Human Rights Tribunal
Matthew Demeo; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 17, 2014, previously published on October 22, 2014
Last year, we reported on the notable Human Rights Tribunal decision of Fair v. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board where the Tribunal ordered the reinstatement, along with over $400,000 in back pay and damages, to an employee despite the employee having been away from the workplace for almost...


HTMLAlberta Human Rights Tribunal Upholds Employer's Release in Alleged Discrimination Case
Larry Page; Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 15, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
In Marquardt v Strathcona County, 2014 AHRC 3, the Alberta Human Rights Commission (“AHRC” or “Tribunal”) considered the validity and enforceability of an employment release that was signed by a departing employee.


HTMLNew Book Draws Insights From Adults Living in Specialized Housing
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2014, previously published on Fall 2014
For more than 30 years, David Wizansky and his wife, Margot, have developed and operated group homes in the Boston area for adults with developmental disabilities through their company, Specialized Housing. Now David Wizansky has written a book of essays, Identity, Self, and the World: Learning...


HTMLWhen a Parent Retires, a Child with Disabilities Could Qualify for SSDI
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 31, 2014, previously published on Fall 2014
When the parent of an adult with disabilities retires, the child may qualify for federal disability benefits, even if the child has never worked.


HTMLContemporary Clothing's "Look" Collides With Title VII
Bennett L. Epstein; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014
There is more than a little bit of irony when a clothing company with a target market of teens and young adults has a fashion dilemma. However, a national retailer has just such a dilemma arising from a potential religious accommodation dispute that has just taken a front and center position in the...


HTMLIs Transgender the New Protected Class?
Jane C. Hofmeyer; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
While Laverne Cox, the transgender star of the hit series “Orange is the New Black,” is bringing transgender awareness to America, federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U.S. Department of Labor have been bringing transgender awareness to...


HTMLSurprising Reinstatement Decision of the Human Rights Tribunal Upheld
Geoffrey Breen; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014
You may recall that last year, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) raised the eyebrows of employers when it ordered that a terminated employee be reinstated to her position with full seniority almost a decade after she had left the workplace. In Fair v. Hamilton-Wentworth...


HTMLGender Identity Is Added To Maryland’s Discrimination Law
Charles R. Bacharach, Robert C. Kellner, Alicia Lynn Wilson; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 17, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014
Maryland joined seventeen other states and the District of Columbia in adding gender identity to the state's discrimination law. In addition to employment, the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014, prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations and housing. Similar...


HTMLNew Jersey’s New Law Mandates Video Cameras in Police Vehicles: When it Comes to Law Enforcement Encounters, a Video is Worth a Thousand Words
Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on September 25, 2014
These days, cameras seem to be everywhere. From shameless “selfies” to stealthy surveillance videos, our every move seems to be memorialized in some way, like it or not. While some may long for more private times when many things were left to our memories and imaginations, there can be...


HTMLUS Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.
Miriam R. Nemetz; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discharge or refuse to hire an individual because of the individual’s religious observance or practice unless the employer demonstrates that it is unable to accommodate the practice without...


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