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United States Supreme Court Defines Standard For Special Education: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1

In a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide special education students with “an educational...more

Supreme Court Increases School Standards For Students With Disabilities

IEPs Must Meet “Markedly More Demanding” Standard From Now On This week, in a unanimous decision crafted by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court decided that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act...more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist,...more

4th Circuit Decision Highlights Importance of Comparator Evidence

The Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court decision granting summary judgment to the employer in an employment discrimination suit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and Maryland law,...more

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the...more

Third Circuit Finds Title IX Provides a Remedy for Sex Discrimination in Fully Funded Educational Institutions

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has again created a circuit split by disagreeing with decisions from the Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which have held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides...more

Federal Court in Los Angeles Dismisses Website Accessibility Claims

On March 20, 2017, a federal district judge in Los Angeles granted Domino’s Pizza’s motion to dismiss a website accessibility lawsuit in a ruling that raises hopes for those battling the massive wave of web accessibility...more

Maine Law Court Charts Different Course for Age Discrimination

It is not often that the Law Court interprets the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) differently from its federal counterparts. In a recent decision, though, the Law Court did exactly that – it held that the standard for...more

A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too...more

U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Opportunity To Address Scope of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower” Provision

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. (No. 16-946), thereby declining an opportunity to resolve a conflict amongst circuit...more

Be Careful With That! – Second Circuit Dismisses Failure to Accommodate Claim Brought by “Needle Phobic” Pharmacist

On March 21, 2017, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former Rite Aid pharmacist’s claim against Rite Aid for refusing to accommodate his “needle phobia.” In 2011, Rite Aid altered the job description for its...more

Whacky Employment Claims: Who's Whackier? Management or the Employee?

As employment defense attorneys, we see many strange situations arise in the workplace. The question is, how prepared are you as an employer to handle the wackiness that may potentially arise when your employees make...more

Supreme Court sends lower courts back to work on FAPE

While stopping short of establishing a bright-line rule, the U.S. Supreme Court came very close in evaluating whether a local educational agency has offered a student a free and appropriate education (FAPE). The Court...more

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights Releases 2017 Revised Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination Poster

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights ("MDCR") recently released its revised version of the posting Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination required by the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons with...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Free Appropriate Public Education

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision today on the appropriate standard for determining what constitutes a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. RE-1,...more

The Endrew Decision: A Better Educational Standard for Special Needs Students.

March 22, 2017 will go down as a good day for parents, like me, who have a child in the public education system who has special needs. In a time when many of the exceptional children's programs in this state and in this...more

OSC Stresses Need to Comply with Federal E-Verify Requirements Regardless of Potential State Conflicts

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) used a case involving the apparent conflict between federal E-Verify rules and a Missouri state law to...more

Supreme Court Clarifies FAPE Standard in Endrew F. Case

For the first time in nearly 35 years, the Supreme Court of the United States has addressed the legal standard by which courts determine whether a school district has provided a student with a disability a “free appropriate...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Employer in Title VII and Title IX Retaliation Case

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Burton v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, affirmed the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of the employer...more

The Siege Continues: The Justice Department is Investigating Four Additional Medicare Advantage Plans

In our prior blog post, we reported that, at the request of the federal Department of Justice, the FCA qui tam whistleblower lawsuit in the case of United States ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. United HealthGroup, Inc., et. al....more

Ultracare Las Vegas Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Placement Agency Fired Male Employee Because Of His Gender, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS - Ultracare Las Vegas, an ultrasound technician provider, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex...more

Direct Evidence of Racist Remarks Dooms Employer Motion for Summary Judgment

A federal court in Tennessee denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on an African-American employee’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims under Title VII and state law. The decision was based in...more

Third Circuit Endorses Title IX and Title VII Claims of Medical Resident

Should a medical resident alleging sexual harassment and retaliation be treated as: (i) an employee who can seek relief under Title VII; (ii) a student who can seek relief under Title IX; or (iii) both? And if the answer is...more

March Preparedness: Inadequate Employee Training May Cause Even the Best Employers to Suffer an Upset

Employers implement employee training programs for a variety of reasons, such as furthering professional development and improving poor performance, ensuring compliance with information security protocols and competence using...more

Third Circuit Court Offers Employers Insight into FMLA and ADA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently waded into the waters of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), finding that an employer did not violate the FMLA or ADA where it...more

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