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Office for Civil Rights Issues New Instructions on Transgender Student Complaints

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Changing course on complaints involving transgender students, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new field instructions to its regional staff excluding discrimination claims based...more

Seventh Circuit Opinion Highlights Importance of Proactively Addressing and Documenting Employee Performance

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Every employer has faced the unfortunate experience of hiring an employee whose performance fell well below expectation. As highlighted in the Seventh Circuit’s recent Ferrill v. Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District...more

New Rules: OCR Issues Internal Memorandum Impacting Enforcement Practices for Pending and Future Investigations

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month, the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary issued an internal memorandum to Regional Directors eliminating certain existing internal procedures and detailing new...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Younger Abstention in Title IX Litigation: A Tale of Two Outcomes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a district court decision holding that the federal trial court must abstain from judicial review of an ongoing disciplinary proceeding against a student at...more

Investigating Transgender Student Discrimination Under New Education Department Directives

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Department of Education regional directors have been given new instructions on sex discrimination protections for transgender students under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972. Two updated, internal Office of Civil Rights...more

Office for Civil Rights Changes Complaint Investigation Policy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Reversing the practice under the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just issued new internal guidance changing how regional OCR offices will investigate discrimination...more

Office for Civil Rights Reduces Scope of Investigations to More 'Swiftly' and 'Efficiently' Resolve Complaints

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that, on June 8, 2017, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) distributed an internal memo containing new guidance that will provide regional offices...more

OCR Guidance Could Alter Scope of Pending and Future Civil Rights Investigations

by WilmerHale on

A memorandum obtained by ProPublica, if authentic, sets forth substantially revised guidance for civil rights investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The memorandum,...more

Shielding Teacher From Unruly Students Not ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Sometimes employers face requests for reasonable accommodation that do not cost much, but which would materially interfere with the employee’s ability to get their work done. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/19-6/23

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

OCR Changes Investigation Protocols for Civil Rights Complaints

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Candice Jackson, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, recently provided a “new internal guidance” memorandum to staff that significantly changes the Office...more

Special Education Tip – Let Me Speak My Mind – 53-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Let Me Speak My Mind - If you have a student who requires Assistive Technology (“AT”) (low tech or high tech) to communicate, now is the time to plan staff training in the use of the AT. The AT training should be conducted...more

City Colleges of Chicago Will Pay $60,000 To Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

College Refused to Hire Adjunct Professor for Full-Time Position Because of Her Age, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - City Colleges of Chicago will pay $60,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

During Last Week of School Seventh Circuit Rules in Favor of Transgender Teen On Restroom Use

by FordHarrison on

On May 30, 2017, on the heels of the Seventh Circuit’s ground-breaking en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech. College holding that sexual orientation is a protected trait under Title VII, a unanimous three-judge panel of...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/12-6/16

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Transgender High School Student Prevails in Bathroom Access Case Before Federal Appellate Court Over Illinois

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In an opinion issued last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of a transgender student who challenged his high school’s decision to limit his access to boys’ communal bathrooms. ...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Likelihood of Success that School’s Bathroom Policy Violates Title IX and Equal Protection Clause

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed that a transgender student demonstrated a likelihood of success on claims that his school district’s decision to prohibit him from using the boys’ restroom violated both Title...more

Check Please: OCR’s Future in the Wake of Proposed Budget Cuts

Published reports indicate that President Trump’s proposed budget includes what is approximately a fifty percent reduction in the prior fiscal year’s funding for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil...more

Special Education Tip – I Want My Child to Be Like Everyone Else – 52-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

I Want My Child to Be Like Everyone Else - You hear it a lot at IEP and 504 meetings: parents who do not want special transportation, pull-out instruction, or supplementary aids and services because they do not want their...more

Seventh Circuit Title IX Ruling May Impact Transgender Employee Protections

The battles over transgender persons’ civil rights continue nationwide, especially when the controversy involves restroom access. Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a Wisconsin school district...more

Title IX Update - June 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Court Affirmed Relief for Transgender Student's Access to School Bathrooms in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 Board of Education, et al....more

School District Can’t Stop Transgender Student from Using Restroom of Choice - Federal Appeals Court Upholds Temporary Injunction...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For years, California law has required school districts to allow a student to use restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity no matter what gender is listed on the pupil’s records. However, a case decided...more

New Federal Court Interpretation for Transgender Protections

by Barley Snyder on

In a decision that could have significant implications in the ongoing tug-of-war in the scope of protection afforded transgender individuals under federal law, a holding this week from a federal appeals court applied a novel...more

Special Education Tip – The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team – 51-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team - IEP meetings are meant to be collaborative sessions between educators and parents. But sometimes things do not go well. When an educator feels bullied,...more

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