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HTMLTransgender Student Denied Access to Girl’s Locker Room
Bradford Ingram; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
January 27, 2016, previously published on Winter 2016
Township 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.


HTMLThe “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.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 27, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
The 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...


Adobe PDFFourth 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;
Legal Alert/Article
January 25, 2016, previously published on January 2016
The 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...


HTMLEEOC - New Resource Documents.
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2016, previously published on December 30, 2015
The 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.


HTMLSenate Democrats Plan to Force Vote on Trump Muslim Ban
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
There 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...


HTMLAmendment to CPLR Limits Judge's Discretion in Rejecting Expert Affidavits
Steven DiSiervi, Michael E. Gorelick, Glenn A. Jacobson; Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015
A 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.


HTMLHarris Stowe Again Hit By Multi-Million Dollar Discrimination Verdict
McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015
Just 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...


HTMLPortland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 15, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015
The 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...


HTMLEmployment 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.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 15, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2015
Effective 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...


HTMLThe IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained
Christopher J. Conrad; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 25, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2015
In 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...


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