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|Transgender Student Denied Access to Girl’s Locker Room|
Bradford Ingram; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
January 27, 2016, previously published on Winter 2016Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois responded recently to a discrimination claim brought by a transgender high school student on the basis of sex when the district denied her access to the girl's locker room.
|The “Jerk and Jolt Doctrine” Applies to Claims of Negligent Operation of Buses and the Failure to Present Sufficient Evidence Required Verdict against SEPTA to be Vacated.|
Paul G. Lees; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
January 27, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016The plaintiff sued SEPTA regarding an injury he claims he sustained on one of the defendant’s buses. Trial resulted in a verdict against SEPTA in the statutory limits of the Sovereign Immunity Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. §8521, et. seq. SEPTA appealed, arguing that it was error to characterize it...
|Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that the Use of a Taser Against an Emotionally Disturbed, Passively Resisting Subject is Unconstitutional|
J. David Marsey; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
January 25, 2016, previously published on January 2016The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held1that an officer’s use of the drive-stun Taser technique on an emotionally disturbed, passively resisting subject of a civil commitment order was unconstitutional. Although finding the use of force unconstitutional, the Court affirmed summary...
|EEOC - New Resource Documents.|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
January 22, 2016, previously published on December 30, 2015The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released new resource documents relating to accommodations for employees with HIV infection and protections against harassment and discrimination for Muslim/Middle Eastern employees.
|Senate Democrats Plan to Force Vote on Trump Muslim Ban|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016There has been a lot of "happy talk" from leadership in both chambers and in both parties about how much Congress can get done this year. This week, however, the reality of life in a presidential election year reminded many in DC of just how difficult it is for Congress to get anything...
|Amendment to CPLR Limits Judge's Discretion in Rejecting Expert Affidavits|
Steven DiSiervi, Michael E. Gorelick, Glenn A. Jacobson; Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson, LLP;
January 19, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015A recent amendment to New York Civil Practice Law and Rules 3212 (b) makes it easier to use affidavits of previously undisclosed experts in motions for summary judgment.
|Harris Stowe Again Hit By Multi-Million Dollar Discrimination Verdict|
McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation;
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015Just one month after a jury awarded a former Harris Stowe professor nearly $5 million on claims of racial discrimination, the University has again been hit by a very large discrimination verdict, this time for $2.5 million. The more recent case involved charges of discrimination and retaliation...
|Portland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law|
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
December 15, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015The Portland City Council passed its own version of a “Ban The Box” law right before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will require most businesses operating in the city to adjust their hiring practices. Under the strict new rules, covered Portland businesses will be prohibited from...
|Employment Law Client Alert: New York City Issues Fair Chance Act Guidance: Job Seekers To Be Judged On Merits|
Paul F. Millus; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.;
December 15, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2015Effective October 27, 2015, The Fair Chance Act ("FCA"), amends the New York City Human Rights Law by making it an unlawful discriminatory practice for most New York City employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies to inquire about or consider the criminal history of job...
|The IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained|
Christopher J. Conrad; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
November 25, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2015In 2004, Congress reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq., a federal law intended to ensure that every child with special needs is afforded a free appropriate public education (commonly known as a FAPE). The IDEA ensures that right by...