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HTMLSeventh Circuit Issues Reverse Discrimination Decision
Patrick Folley; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
August 23, 2016, previously published on August 2016
On February 2, 2016, the Seventh Circuit reversed the defendant’s summary judgment regarding a construction worker’s claims of racial discrimination under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and remanded the case for further proceedings. Deets v. Massman...


HTMLKeep It in the Bathroom - If You Can: Effects and Implications of North Carolina House Bill 2
Ashley P. Holmes; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2016, previously published on July 2016
On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 (“HB2”), a bill prohibiting and limiting protections for transgender people in a variety of settings. While it is clear that the now infamous “Bathroom Bill” has become a lightning rod issue in an...


HTMLGenetic Discrimination and Canadian Law
Jeffrey S. Graham; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 8, 2016
A number of national governments — for example, in the United States, Australia and a number of European countries — have taken legislative action to address genetic discrimination. While Canadian human rights laws, insurance laws and privacy laws do contain provisions that seek to...


HTMLPolice Officer Didn’t Commit Willful Misconduct and He is Entitled to Indemnification by the City under PA Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, But It Does Not Absolve Him from Liability for Assault, Battery, False Imprisonment/Arrest Claims.
Paul G. Lees; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 19, 2016
A Philadelphia police officer was sued in state court for assault, battery and false imprisonment arising out of his actions in striking and arresting the plaintiff during an encounter involving the plaintiff’s son. The plaintiff learned his son was being detained by police officers. When he...


HTMLNY State Division of Human Rights Prohibits Discrimination Based on Relation or Association
Caroline J. Berdzik, Christopher P. Maugans; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 3, 2016, previously published on June 10, 2016
The New York State Division of Human Rights recently adopted new regulations that prohibit discrimination based on a relationship or association with members of a protected class (race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other protected characteristic...


HTMLFlorida Broadens Its Anti-Slapp Statute, But Is It on the Verge of Death?
Robert Garcia; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2016, previously published on June 1, 2016
In 2000, the Florida legislature enacted Section 768.295, Fla. Stat. titled Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP). This section prohibited governmental entities from filing suit against individuals who exercise their right to peacefully assemble, instruct their representatives and...


HTMLCourt of Appeals Hears National Federation of the Blind’s Challenge to DOT Rule Regarding Blind-Accessible Kiosks at Domestic Airports
Lewis S. Wiener, Amy Xu; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2016, previously published on July 19, 2016
On June 29, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) challenge to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule regarding air carriers’ duty to provide blind-accessible kiosks at domestic airports. The...


HTMLLGBT Antidiscrimination Provisions to Apply to Louisiana Contractors on July 1
Andrew P. Burnside, Jacob C. Credeur; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2016, previously published on June 30, 2016
Government contractors in Louisiana should take note of the upcoming effective date of the state’s recently-signed antidiscrimination law. In April of 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed Executive Order JBE 2016 - 11, which protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...


HTMLHigh Court Finds UT Austin Race-Conscious Admissions Process Constitutional
F. Christopher Chrisbens, Thomas Dorer, Marla N. Presley, Mickey Silberman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 12, 2016, previously published on June 24, 2016
In a 4-3 decision on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s (UT) race-conscious admissions program. The decision addressed only UT’s specific admissions policy in effect when Ms. Fisher was denied admission in 2008, but for the third...


HTMLNew Jersey Supreme Court Bars Enforcement of Shortened Limitations Period for Discrimination Claims
Martin W. Aron, Maggie L. Gousman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 10, 2016, previously published on June 16, 2016
The New Jersey Supreme Court has overturned an appellate court decision that allowed a shortened limitations period for filing discrimination claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”). Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co., Inc., No. 074603 (June 15, 2016). In a case...


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