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|Penalty for Violations of EEOC Employment Law Posters Doubles|
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014The penalty for an employer’s failure to post a notice advising its employees of their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008...
|A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check|
Jessica W. Catlow; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also been focusing on the use of credit checks in hiring decisions for...
|Transgender Issues Highlight Tensions Between Students' Rights To Liberty And Privacy|
Daniel C. Perkins; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014In the wake of controversy over school vouchers, fights over appropriate curriculum, and the endless battles to decide whether school funding is adequate, the nation’s public and private schools certainly have their share of problems to overcome. It is no wonder that issues pertaining to...
|Rhode Island Court Considers Harassment and Discrimination Claims Involving Alleged Harasser and Victim of the Same Sex|
Andrew E. Silvia; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island recently considered the application of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) in the context of an alleged harasser and victim who are members of the same sex. The court determined...
|New York City Council Votes to Extend New York City Human Rights Law’s Protections Against Discrimination to Interns|
Michael S. Arnold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted 50-0 to extend the New York City Human Rights Law’s protections to interns. Last October, we reported on a Federal court decision dismissing an unpaid intern’s hostile work environment and discrimination claims because she wasn’t...
|Requests For Public Records From The Pennsylvania State Police Are Subject To Broad Exemptions.|
Thomas J. Szymanski; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
March 28, 2014The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) appealed a determination of the Office of Open Records (OOR) ordering the PSP to disclose to a newspaper and reporter (Requesters) the names of all police officers accredited by the...
|BC Human Rights Tribunal Makes Record Damages Award for Injury to Dignity in Discrimination Case|
Maggie Campbell; Davis LLP;
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 26, 2014In a recent decision, Kelly v. University of British Columbia, 2013 BCHRT 302, the BC Human Rights Tribunal awarded a complainant $75,000 in damages for injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect. More than double the previous highest award of $35,000, this award sets the new high water mark for...
|Women's Equality Agenda|
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
March 21, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014New York lawmakers are at it again, as the Women's Equality Agenda passed in the Assembly January 27, reviving a fight over abortion laws that derailed the law last year.
|Recent Appeal Decisions Impacting on Police Liability|
Visnja Jovanovic, Eugene G. Mazzuca, Rafal Szymanski; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
March 17, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014Police liability is a unique area of law for its breadth. Unlike many other fields that may focus on one or two particular narrow legal issue(s), cases involving police liability are impacted by not only tort, but also by administrative, criminal, and constitutional law considerations. All of these...
|Occupant In a Fleeing Vehicle Is Not an Innocent Bystander...Or Is He?|
Kimberly A. Boyer-Cohen; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014Under the law in Pennsylvania, police officers owe no duty of care to the driver of a fleeing vehicle, Lindstrom v. City of Corry, 763 A.2d 394 (Pa. 2000), but they do owe a duty of care to innocent third parties, Jones v. Chieffo, 700 A.2d 417 (Pa. 1997), who are bystanders unconnected with the...