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HTMLADEA Claim Failed for Employee's Failure to Refute Employer's Legitimate and Non-Discriminatory Reasons for Termination
Catherine A. Stevens; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015
76-year old Carlyn Johnson sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act after he was fired from his position with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. The district court granted Securitas summary judgment, finding that Johnson failed to submit sufficient evidence to show that a genuine...


HTMLMaine Human Rights Commission Amends Complaint Procedures
Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on February 9, 2015
Any employer that has ever been part of a Maine Human Rights Commission investigation has learned firsthand that the process can be long, frustrating and often-times unfair. Due to chronic understaffing at the Commission, the investigation process can be agonizingly slow and drag on for up to two...


HTMLOCR Issues New Bulletin on Ensuring Privacy in Public Health Emergencies
Stephanie Willis; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2014
This week, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a bulletin (Bulletin) to remind covered entities and business associates that “the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.”


HTMLOFCCP to Update Sex Discrimination Guidelines
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on February 5, 2015
On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register to rescind and replace the OFCCP's Sex Discrimination Guidelines. These significant proposed regulations would rescind the current Sex...


HTMLThe Long History of GM’s Ignition Switch Cover Up
Jodi Westbrook Flowers; Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014
GM’s ignition switch defect has now been linked to 38 deaths to date. The ignition switch problem was so obvious that customers, journalists and even GM employees were reporting the problem a decade before GM finally admitted the issue and recalled the cars.


HTMLPerformance anxiety
Christina Morton; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 28, 2014
Last week was Anti-Bullying Week. I confess that this annual event, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, passed me by this year, despite the fact that earlier in the month I had been discussing the problem of bullying with a group of managers involved in arts organizations.


HTMLUpdate on Transgender Rights in the Workplace
Rachael M. Coe, Rachael Jeanfreau, Eve B. Masinter; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 20, 2015
Transgender rights in the workplace continue to materialize and develop in the wake of the EEOC’s 2012 landmark Macy v. Holder decision, which provided a Title VII employment discrimination cause of action for transgender plaintiffs in the federal employment context.


HTMLAn ICE Detainer is Merely a Request - Not a Requirement
Jim Cornwell, Michelle L. Warden; Sands Anderson PC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015
Law enforcement officers and agencies are often faced with deciding whether they are required to detain an otherwise releasable prisoner when there is a detainer on the prisoner from the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) on file. The Commonwealth of...


HTMLOHRC Issues Statement on Sexual Harassment
Maria Kotsopoulos; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014
Perhaps not surprisingly given all the media attention on the issue of sexual harassment in recent months, the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently issued a statement regarding sexual harassment and Ontario┐s Human Rights Code.


HTMLNWT Human Rights Commission's Early Resolution Processá- Beware!
Glenn D. Tait; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 3, 2015, previously published on July 23, 2014
The NWT Human Rights Commission has recently established an Early Resolution policy and procedure. This policy represents an effort to resolve complaints within 60 days of their being filed.


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