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|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.
|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...
|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...
|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...
|EEOC Stresses Title VII Bars Discrimination against Transgender Workers, Including Regarding Bathroom Access|
Michelle E. Phillips; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 4, 2016The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new fact sheet focuses on bathroom access and reminds employers that discrimination based on transgender status is sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and contrary state law (such as North Carolina’s HB-2,...
|The Legal Importance of the Interactive Process|
Ralph R. Smith; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
May 26, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016One of the most important duties that is imposed by anti-disability discrimination laws is the obligation to accommodate the disabled employee in performing the essential job duties of a desired employment position. As part of that obligation, both federal and New Jersey state law impose a duty...
|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...
|New EEOC Resource Document: More Questions than Answers about Return-From-Leave under the ADA|
James (Jay) F. Glunt; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 13, 2016On May 9, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a resource document titled, “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” which offers insights into when employers should provide leave as an accommodation under the Americans with...
|Department of Justice Warns Governor that North Carolina LGBT Law is Unlawful|
Michelle E. Phillips, Ann H. Smith, Bethany Swaton Wagner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 5, 2016North Carolina’s law restricting access to restrooms based on an individual’s sex assigned at birth and not based on an individual’s consistent gender identity violates both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the United States...