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|How are Venues for Civil Lawsuits Chosen in Ohio?|
Amanda R. Yurechko; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
June 21, 2016, previously published on June 2, 2016For the simple fact of convenience, most Ohio plaintiffs prefer the court where their case will be tried to be near them. It is frustrating for plaintiffs to ask witnesses to appear at a trial, or to attend a hearing, across the state. However, the plaintiff's preferred trial court is not always an...
|Colorado Expands Pregnancy Discrimination Law|
Kristen Marie Baylis, Ryan P. Lessmann; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
June 20, 2016, previously published on June 9, 2016Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill that makes it an unfair employment practice if an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations to a job applicant or an employee for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
|In Minnesota, the Clock’s Not Ticking During Dispute Resolution|
Bruce J. Douglas; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
June 20, 2016, previously published on June 9, 2016A claim of an unfair discriminatory practice under the Minnesota Human Rights Act must be brought as a civil action or as a charge filed with a local commission or the Minnesota Department of Human Rights within one year after the occurrence of the discriminatory practice. However, the statute of...
|The Right to Bear...Stun Guns: Second Amendment Protections Expanded?|
Matthew A. Barley; Butler Snow LLP;
June 20, 2016, previously published on May 9, 2016The State of Massachusetts prohibits the possession of any “portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure or kill.” Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 140...
|Federalism and LGBT Rights in North Carolina: Which Sovereign Has the Final Say?|
Gadson William (Will) Perry; Butler Snow LLP;
June 20, 2016, previously published on May 10, 2016Prior posts on this blog have discussed recent conflicts in Alabama and Mississippi that frame our country’s ongoing efforts to define the scope of federalism. Now, North Carolina has become the newest front in the fight to determine which sovereign—state or federal—has the final...
|NYC Ban on Caregiver Status Discrimination is Now in Effect; Employers Must Think Carefully About its Impact|
Michael Scott Arnold; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
June 16, 2016, previously published on May 5, 2016The New York City Human Rights Law now prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. Below, we briefly summarize the law and gauge its potential impact on the workplace.
|Human Rights Tribunal Dismisses Discrimination Claim Against School Board Relating To Language Proficiency Job Requirement|
Maria Gergin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
June 6, 2016, previously published on May 27, 2016On October 7, 2015, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario released a significant decision on the issue of whether a school board's denial of a promotion to an existing employee on the basis that the employee did not meet a language proficiency requirement of the job constituted discrimination.
|EEOC Issues New Fact Sheet on Transgender Bathroom Use|
Ashley R. Hileman, Lisa M. Schonbeck; Leech Tishman;
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 4, 2016On Monday, May 2, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a new Fact Sheet titled “Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” This Fact Sheet serves as a reminder of the EEOC’s...
|Obama Administration Issues Directive on Transgender Access to School Restrooms|
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
June 3, 2016, previously published on May 13, 2016A joint letter, commonly referred to as the “Dear Colleague” letter, from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice was sent to schools today, Friday, May 13, 2016, with guidelines for every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms...
|California Ruling on Website Accessibility Highlights the Need for Proactive Measures|
Christopher F. Wong; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 27, 2016, previously published on May 4, 2016Any business operating a website for use by customers or other members of the public should take heed of a recent California decision that found a retailer liable for violations of federal and state disability access laws based on a disabled individual’s inability to navigate a website using...