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HTMLEEOC Files Suit over Common Severance Agreement Language
Joseph F. Spitzzeri; Johnson & Bell, Ltd.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 2014
On February 7, 2014, the Chicago Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. alleging its separation agreements violate Section 707 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Chicago office is widely recognized as the most aggressive of the...


HTMLEmployment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 11 of 11 - GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL: the World Cup and Onionhead Capture America’s Attention...Briefly
Michael S. Arnold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 3, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014
This summer’s FIFA World Cup was truly spectacular. I know this because I’ve been working in the same office building for years and not once has every one of the 10+ pubs located within a five-block radius been packed to the gills on a weekday afternoon for a sporting event. I know this...


HTMLOntario Human Rights Tribunal Finds Paying Disabled Employee $1.25 an Hour is Discrimination
Leslie Frattolin, Jennifer P. Saville; Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 3, 2014, previously published on September 29, 2014
In Garrie v Janus Joan Inc, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) ordered Janus Joan Inc. (the “Company”) to pay over $186,000 to Terri-Lynn Garrie, (the “Applicant”) a developmentally disabled woman who was paid $1.25 an hour for years before her...


HTMLNotes from the Joint OCR/NIST HIPAA Security Conference
Dianne J. Bourque, Kimberly J. Gold, Kate F. Stewart, Stephanie D. Willis; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 2, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
As a service to our readers, we have distilled last week’s joint HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) andNational Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) conference, “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security” into three phrases: (i) risk...


HTMLRare Costs Award at BC Human Rights Tribunal for Improper Conduct
Ryley Mennie; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014
Despite an employer’s legitimate basis for terminating an employee’s employment, it will often find itself a respondent to a human rights complaint following termination. The costs for employers to defend a human rights complaint can be very high and, unlike in the courts, the B.C....


HTMLReminder: New York Interns Are Now Protected Under Both the State and City Human Rights Laws
Lisa M. Lewis, Jonathan Sokolowski; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014
Following New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s endorsement of an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) extending the statute’s anti-discrimination and harassment protections to interns earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed...


HTMLEmployers Receive Greater Protection under 4th Circuit: Two Free Slurs Rule
Wong Fleming;
September 25, 2014, previously published by The Gavel - Wong Fleming The Gavel, Diverse Viewpoints in the Law on Spring 2014
What defines a hostile work environment has been and remains to be a formidable line neither employer nor employee wishes to touch let alone cross


HTMLThe Equal Credit Opportunity Act - a Sword and a Shield?
Jessica K. Burr; Spilman Thomas Battle PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014
The year was 1974 and, on the heels of the civil rights movement, was a time when the country maintained its heightened awareness of equality and discrimination. This was the year that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) became law as part of the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act. Its...


HTMLOCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Same-Sex Marriage
Kimberly J. Gold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released guidance last Wednesday to help covered entities and business associates understand the privacy implications of the 2013 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor...


HTMLOntario Human Rights Commissions Releases New Policy on Protecting Those with Psychosocial Disabilities
Barbara Walker-Renshaw, Melanie Warner, Wendy Whelan; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014
On June 18, 2014, The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its new Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions (the “Policy”). The Policy builds on the OHRC’s Policy and guidelines on disability and the duty to accommodate,...


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