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|Oxford, Alabama, City Council Repeals Bathroom Ordinance Targeting Transgender Individuals|
Thomas A. Davis, Michelle E. Phillips, Kimberly R. Ward; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 6, 2016The Oxford, Alabama, City Council has repealed on May 4, 2016, an ordinance it passed a week previously that barred transgender people from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. (See our article, Oxford, Alabama, City Council Adopts Ordinance Restricting Access to Bathroom...
|Religious Exemptions Protect School From Student’s Disability Discrimination Claim|
Caroline J. Berdzik, Melissa M. Ferrara; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
May 18, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016Religious institutions may always face complex questions as to whether, and which, legal exemptions apply to them in various situations. But a recent case in New Jersey federal court shines a narrow sliver of light onto this murky issue — at least in terms of discrimination and retaliation...
|Personal Data Protection under Turkish and European Legislation II|
Eda Uludere; Erdem Erdem Law Office;
May 16, 2016, previously published on March 3, 2016Law on Protection of Personal Data numbered 6698 (“LPPD” or “Law”) entered into force through publication in the Official Gazette dated 07.04.2016 and numbered 29677. Through enactment of the Law, Turkey has taken the final step on the protection of personal data, and...
|Pennsylvania Governor Issues Executive Orders Protecting LGBT Rights|
Sheri L. Giger, Michelle E. Phillips, Bethany Swaton Wagner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 11, 2016Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed two executive orders protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) individuals. The first executive order covers discrimination by state agencies, and the second applies to state contractors as well as companies who...
|Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ Casting Call Ad Runs Afoul of Discrimination Laws|
Linda R. Carlozzi, Christopher M. Repole; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 19, 2016, previously published on April 1, 2016Recent publicity surrounding a casting call for the Broadway musical “Hamilton” should remind employers of the danger of using discriminatory criteria in job ads.
|TCRP Seeks Voter Registration Reforms|
Waters Kraus LLP;
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 14, 2016In a lawsuit filed this morning in a San Antonio federal court, the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) challenged voter registration procedures at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). As the Complaint explains, Texas is violating the U.S. Constitution and federal law by refusing to register...
|New York City Issues Proposed Rules Related to the Fair Chance Act|
Emily K. O'Brian, Gustavo A. Suárez, Stephen R. Woods; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 23, 2016, previously published on February 29, 2016On February 16, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued proposed rules related to the city’sFair Chance Act (FCA)—the restrictive ban-the-box law that went into effect in October of 2015 and prohibits employers from inquiring about an individual’s criminal record...
|Religious Accommodation in the Healthcare Industry: What to Do When an Employee’s Beliefs Clash With Job Duties|
Elizabeth S. Washko; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 25, 2016Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on their religion, and requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation of employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs. State laws provide employees and applicants...
|Personal Data Protection under Turkish and European Legislation|
Eda Uludere; Erdem Erdem Law Office;
February 5, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016Protection of personal data has become increasingly important in the second half of the 20th century onwards, and more strikingly so in the last decade. In European context, such protection is realized through a twofold system; namely, the Council of Europe (“CoE”) protection of...
|OCR Strikes Again with 3 Recent HIPAA Settlements|
James J. Giszczak, Rick L. Hindmand, Emily A. Johnson, Dominic A. Paluzzi; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
February 2, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is showing signs of becoming increasingly aggressive in enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), with the recent announcement of three settlements in a 20-day...