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CHRO – A New Horizon For Students With Disabilities?

As my colleague Rachel Ginsburg aptly foretold, Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities [“CHRO”] has indicated an interest in involving itself with discrimination claims concerning the schools. A recent...more

Blurred Lines: Texas Supreme Court Applies Hazy Distinction Between Workplace Harassment And Assault

by Fisher Phillips on

The Texas Supreme Court recently blurred the distinctions between harassment and assault claims as they apply to employer liability under the state’s antidiscrimination statute. In considering whether a plaintiff is required...more

Texas High Court Allows Employee to Pursue Assault Claim Against Employer for Tortious Acts of “Vice Principal”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision that is sure to increase the costs and complexity of litigation, the Texas Supreme Court recently held that a former employee’s common law assault claim was not preempted by the state’s...more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Withdraw Federal Transgender Student Guidance

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education withdrew guidance for educational institutions, issued in 2015 and 2016, that took the position that the prohibitions in Title IX of the Education Amendments...more

D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act Sent To Mayor For Approval

On December 20, 2016, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0244) (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would amend the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 to prohibit employers...more

Governor’s Panel Supports Maine Human Rights Commission

by PretiFlaherty on

In response to concerns about the Human Rights Commission, Governor LePage, by Executive Order, established the Maine Human Rights Commission Review Panel on October 14, 2015. The Panel issued its Findings on September 27,...more

INTERPOL reform efforts on this side of the pond

by Estlund Law, P.A. on

Yesterday, I was fortunate to attend the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s briefing on the issue of allegations of INTERPOL Red Notice abuse.  The panelists included: Rebecca Shaeffer, Senior Legal and Policy Officer, Fair...more

Harassing Comments Are No Joke: Employer Ordered to Pay Employee $7,500

by Field Law on

Mohamud v. Canadian Dewatering (2006) Ltd., 2015 AHRC 16, is a recent decision of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. This decision demonstrates the type of workplace harassment that creates a poisoned workplace and is a...more

"Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair" - NYC Employers Gird for Fair Chance Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Things or people are not as they always appear to be. That message pervades not only Shakespeare’s Macbeth but also New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA), which is scheduled to go into effect next week (on October 27) and is...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Explains New NYC Background Check Laws

We were pleased to host a program on September 28, 2015 on New York City’s two new background check laws, the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Chance Act. Paul Keefe, Supervising Attorney at the NYC...more

CHRO Right to Sue Letter Enough to Bring Federal Discrimination Claims to Court

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In catching up over some interesting employment law cases from 2015, I came across Lennon v. Dolce Vida Medical Spa. You would be forgiven if you missed it because it’s an unreported Superior Court decision on a...more

Discrimination at Any Age

In the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq, Congress in 1967 prohibited discrimination in employment because of a person’s age, but limited the protections of the law to individuals who are...more

Connecticut Extends Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

by Littler on

On June 22, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation protection to unpaid interns. Historically, it was unclear whether an...more

New York City Moves to “Ban the Box” on Criminal Background Checks in Job Applications

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) by a vote of 45-to-5. The legislation prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and convictions...more

New York City Aims to Strengthen its Enforcement of Human Rights Law; Paired Testing Employment Discrimination Investigations on...

Mayor de Blasio recently signed a series of bills that, among other things, require the New York City Human Rights Commission – the agency responsible for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law – to conduct employment...more

Changes at the Maine Human Rights Commission

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The new counsel to the Maine Human Rights Commission, Barbara Archer Hirsch, spoke to the Employment Section of the Maine Bar Association yesterday. She announced one significant change in how the Commission would be...more

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