Christa Richer Cook

Christa Richer Cook

Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC

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EEOC Publishes New Nationwide Procedures for Employer Position Statements

When an employee or former employee files a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the first step in the investigation is generally the EEOC’s request for a position statement from...more

2/23/2016 - Complaint Procedures EEOC Employment Discrimination

New York State Division of Human Rights Adopts Regulations Prohibiting Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

As we reported in a blog post last month, although neither the federal nor state law expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, Governor Cuomo bypassed the legislative process and urged...more

1/25/2016 - Anti-Harassment Policies Human Rights NYCHRL Sexual Orientation Discrimination Transgender

The Division of Human Rights Proposes Regulations to Expand Anti-Discrimination Protections to Transgender Individuals

After several unsuccessful attempts to pass the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act, which would have extended the nondiscrimination protections in the New York Human Rights Law to transgender individuals, Governor Cuomo...more

12/24/2015 - Discrimination Gender Discrimination Gender Identity Hiring & Firing Transgender

School Districts’ Obligations to Transgender Students Under Scrutiny as Another School District Settles With OCR (12/15)

In October 2014, we reported on the increasing attention given by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to the issue of discrimination against transgender students in public schools. Over the past...more

12/8/2015 - ACLU Department of Education Discrimination School Districts Title IX Transgender

New York Court of Appeals Advises Employers to Take Time to Present Restrictive Covenants to New Employees

It is not uncommon for employers to present restrictive covenants, such as non-competition, non-solicitation, or confidentiality agreements, to new employees in a stack of orientation paperwork. A recent case from New York’s...more

8/21/2015 - Bargaining Power Blue Pencil Contract Modification Confidentiality Agreements Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements Non-Solicitation Agreements Restrictive Covenants

School Districts: School Districts’ Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Under Scrutiny – Is Your District In...

The media stories being published across the nation criticizing schools for their failure to respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence against students serve as a warning to other school districts to consider whether...more

10/28/2014 - Colleges Rape School Districts Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Students Title IX Universities

School Districts: New Law Expands Child Abuse Reporting Obligations to School Coaches (8/14)

On August 6, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will require school athletic coaches to report suspected child abuse to the authorities. Under state law, school personnel, including but not limited to,...more

8/12/2014

School Districts: New York Supreme Court Holds That Public School District May Be Liable For Alleged Bullying Of Private School...

On May 14, 2014, in J.G.S. v. Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, the New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County held that the parents of a minor student could proceed with their lawsuit against the school...more

6/2/2014 - Bullying Private Schools Professional Liability Public Schools School Districts Students

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