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Sexual Assault

Campus Sexual Assault Investigations Need Greater Fairness for All Parties, Trial Lawyers Group Says

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) has released a White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations aimed at improving the process employed by universities to address campus sexual assaults....more

Don’t Be Unprepared For Student-On-Student Sexual Assault Allegations

by Fisher Phillips on

Many are aware of the alarming rise in the number of student sexual assaults on college campuses across the country. The May 2015 issue of JAMA Pediatrics reported that one in five women will be the victim of a sexual assault...more

President Trump Revokes Blacklisting Executive Order, Including Paycheck Disclosure Requirements

by FordHarrison on

President Trump has signed a Joint Resolution (H.J. Res. 37) disapproving federal agency rules implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (EO 13673) (also known as the “Blacklisting” EO) signed by former...more

Title IX Update - April 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

University of Alaska System – February 2017 - In late February, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) entered into a Resolution Agreement with the University of Alaska System related to a compliance...more

Violence Against Women

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The facts alleged are horrific. A supervisor had a history of screaming obscenities and throwing things at women who worked for him. The employer sent him to anger management classes. His preferred victim was seven months...more

OCR Signals Continued Title IX Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the resolution of two Title IX sexual violence complaints filed against a private university in Ohio. In the resolution letter and agreement, which...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

Title IX Update - March 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Rescission of Previous Administration’s Guidance Relating to Transgender Students - On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter rescinding the...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

Is Title IX Guidance and Enforcement About to Change?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued its first Dear Colleague Letter guidance of the new administration, rescinding the transgender rights guidance that the Obama administration issued last summer. The...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

Texas Workplace Sexual Assaults May Not be Treated as Sexual Harassment

by Perkins Coie on

In Texas, some victims of workplace sexual assault may pursue common law assault claims against their employers, following a recent Supreme Court of Texas ruling. B.C. v. Steak N Shake Ops., Inc., — S.W.3d —, Case No. 15-0404...more

Defamation Law Series: Massachusetts District Court Tosses Katherine McKee’s Claims Against Bill Cosby

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, on February 16, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed Katherine McKee’s claims against Bill Cosby in McKee v. Cosby. McKee was among the women who alleged that...more

Claims of Negligent Hiring, Supervision or Retention Draw Hospitals into Abuse Cases

by Wilson Elser on

Hospitals are commonly named as defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits for claims arising from alleged injuries within their walls, but what is their exposure to liability for claims that arise from alleged sexual...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #5

by Zelle LLP on

Over the weekend, U.S. employers reacted to the new administration’s executive order restricting entry to the United States by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. Starbucks pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over...more

Failure to Disclose Not Justified by Non-Fifth Circuit Authorities

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Lisa Velasquez Olivarez claimed that a GEO employee sexually assaulted her while she was incarcerated in the Maverick County Detention Center. She made recorded phone calls from prison to her mother and a friend, suggesting...more

Title IX Investigations in Need of Reform

by JAMS on

How much of the failure to grasp current controversies over campus Title IX investigations come from seeing two sides even though they are demanding similar measures? Many from both camps, seemingly in frustration, suggest...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

by Wilson Elser on

The following is a brief recap of the bills Governor Brown signed in 2016 that have added new laws to the books and modified existing laws affecting California employers. Employers should consult with counsel to ensure...more

Perspectives for the Professions - January 2017: Case Summary: Test for Interim Conditions

by Field Law on

Scott v. College of Massage Therapists of BC, 2016 BCCA 180, allowing an appeal of the lower Court’s decision to quash an interim condition on practice. A massage therapist was the subject of a complaint that he had...more

Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

by Dentons on

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a...more

Title IX Update: January 2017 - Recent Title IX Developments

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Nexsen Pruet’s Title IX team assists educational institutions in Title IX compliance. The team’s primary focus includes assisting with Title IX complaint investigations and serving as adjudicators. The team also provides...more

Defamation Law Series: Third Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Renita Hill’s Claims Against Bill Cosby

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the Pennsylvania district court’s dismissal of Renita Hill’s claims against Bill Cosby in Hill v. Cosby. Hill was among the women who alleged that Cosby had drugged...more

On the Horizon: Laws Going Into Effect in Early 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The California Legislature continues to be very active in passing pro-employee legislation, creating additional compliance burdens and litigation risks for employers. The following summary contains the key new laws employers...more

The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Denies Teacher Qualified Immunity Under The “State-Created Danger” Theory Where The Teacher...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

L.R. v. School Dist. of Philadelphia et. al. No. 14-4640 (3rd. Cir. Sept. 6, 2016). The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denying...more

Title IX Enforcement and Interpretation: The Winds of Change are Blowing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Title IX enforcement issues continue to notably permeate the agenda of colleges and universities. The winds of change to Title IX enforcement may be blowing in 2017. This Management Alert will review the...more

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