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Employer Requirements in Regard to Permitting Employees to Bring Service Dogs to Work

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In a recently filed lawsuit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CRST International Inc. and CRST Expedited Inc., the EEOC alleges that CRST violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by denying an...more

December 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s proposed rule on the use of cell phones to make voice calls on commercial flights, the results of DOT’s negotiated rulemaking on accessible...more

Reasonable Accommodation Includes Electronic Accessibility

by Zelle LLP on

Computers, mobile devices, and the Internet are integral parts of today’s workplace. Employees email, log into various systems and programs, complete employer forms, and manage their time online. Job seekers research...more

Federal Government Provides Schools New Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Two divisions of the federal government have weighed in on the recent legal controversies surrounding accommodations for transgender students. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S....more

Government Issues New Guidance on Transgender Students

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter on May 13, 2016, clarifying that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status. The guidance states...more

New Federal Guidelines on Supporting Transgender Students Under Title IX

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Amidst a recently intensified national debate regarding support for transgender students in schools, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) today issued new guidance setting out guidelines for...more

Effective Communication with Consumers with Disabilities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to certain entities providing goods and services to the public. In the context of interactions with the public, mortgage lenders have obligations to ensure that information...more

DOJ and Kent State University reach $145,000 Fair Housing settlement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) settled claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) related to the use of emotional support animals in university housing....more

DOJ Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Access of Emotional Support Animal to University Housing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) reached a $145,000 settlement over claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on January 4, 2016. In 2014, DOJ initiated a lawsuit against...more

New Urgent Question: Does Your Website Accommodate Disabled Users?

Your business, school or enterprise has an obligation under the law to accommodate handicapped people in accessing your facilities. As more business moves to the Web, the U.S. Justice Department is increasingly finding that...more

What employers need to know about transgender discrimination

by McAfee & Taft on

Recent developments in the area of transgender rights should put employers on notice that government agencies are serious about eliminating this type of discrimination. DOJ steps in to sue university in Oklahoma...more

DOJ provides guidance on service animal accommodation for housing and beyond

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement, some pets are allowed in the house. HUD filed and settled a civil rights lawsuit against RiverBay Corporation, a New York City-based affordable housing cooperative...more

Uber’s ADA Conundrum

by LeClairRyan on

When you think of Uber (or similar companies like Lyft and Sidecar) you probably think of a transportation company. You request a ride on the company’s app and a driver (in his own vehicle) picks you up. The nature of the...more

NSBA to OCR: Standard for Addressing Requests for Technology by Students With a Communication Impairment is Off Key

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Readers of our FR Alerts may remember my colleague Kendra B. Yoch authored an Alert in 2013 about a set of outlier cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, K.M. v. Tustin Unified School District and D.H. v. Poway Unified...more

Government Group Scrutinizing Policies at Campuses

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Racist chants by students at the University of Oklahoma have gained national attention in the press and on the internet. Challenges to policies on reasonable accommodations at colleges, universities and schools have also...more

Justice Department Settlement Casts Doubt on Mandatory Medical Leave - Universities Should Be Well Trained in ADA Compliance and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 12, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Quinnipiac University, a private institution located in Connecticut, to resolve allegations that the university violated the Americans with...more

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: New DOJ Closed-Captioning Rules

by LeClairRyan on

The price of movie tickets could be going up soon. Under new proposed regulations issued by the Department of Justice, movie theaters with digital screens would be required to show films with options for closed captioning...more

DOJ Enters into ‘Landmark’ Settlement with Law School Admission Council

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a “landmark” consent decree with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to resolve allegations of “widespread and systemic” violations of the Americans with...more

Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

by Epstein Becker & Green on

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: What's An "Individualized Analysis" – And Why Should I Care?

by Fisher Phillips on

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) poses ongoing compliance challenges and attracts significant attention from plaintiffs' lawyers and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The resulting litigation...more

Justice Department Settles ADA Claims against Debt Collector

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent Department of Justice settlement with a debt collection law firm that was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act exemplifies the mounting federal scrutiny of the debt collection industry....more

University Agrees To Modify Dining Services To Accommodate Food Allergies under the ADA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement with Lesley University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, under which Lesley agreed to modify its food services and meal plan system to accommodate students with celiac...more

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