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HTMLBut You’re Not a Person of Color—You’re Asian
Gillian P. Yee; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 6, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014
Growing up in an affluent, mostly white suburb of Detroit, I never really embraced my diversity. I knew that I was different from my schoolmates and friends, but I didn’t think much about it. Sure, I took Chinese lessons every week in Canada and had a cool mom who came in every year for...


Adobe PDFA Summary of Human Trafficking Compliance Challenges
Lewis Baach PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 2014
For the last several years, presidential proclamations declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This past January, President Obama asked us “to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery.” As lawyers trained to spot issues,...


HTMLFlorida Civil Rights Act Prohibits Pregnancy Discrimination, Florida Supreme Court Rules
Maria Elena Abate; Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014
In a 6-1 ruling on April 17, 2014, Florida's Supreme Court confirmed that the sex discrimination provision of the Florida Civil Rights Act ("FRCA") also prevents employers from discriminating based on the condition of pregnancy.


HTMLTennessee Employment Litigation Reform Bill Heads for Governor’s Desk
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 28, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
Business-friendly Tennessee, known for its low business taxes and minimal red tape, is on track to be even friendlier if Governor Bill Haslam signs a bill removing liability for employment discrimination from individual supervisors or agents under the Tennessee Human Rights Act and limiting...


HTMLCivil Rights Action nor Miranda Violation not Barred if Conviction Reversed
Tamara Bogosian, Paul A. Cappitelli, G. Ross Trindle; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 28, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal recently held that a criminal defendant convicted of murder at his second trial, whose first murder conviction was reversed based upon Fifth Amendment violations in his first trial, is not barred from filing a civil rights action. The court reasoned that...


HTMLOntario Human Rights Commission Releases New Policy on Gender Identity and Gender Expression
Benjamin T. Aberant; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 25, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014
On April 15, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the Commission) published a new comprehensive policy entitled Policy on preventing discrimination because of Gender Identity and Gender Expression. According to the Commission, the policy


Adobe PDFPenalty for Violations of EEOC Employment Law Posters Doubles
GrayRobinson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
The 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...


HTMLA Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check
Jessica W. Catlow; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014
We 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...


HTMLTransgender Issues Highlight Tensions Between Students' Rights To Liberty And Privacy
Daniel C. Perkins; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
In 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...


HTMLRhode 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.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014
The 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...


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