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Telephone Access Might Be Valid Alternative to Accessible Website, But Court Needs More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In denying Dave & Buster’s motion to dismiss and for summary judgment, a federal judge said that telephonic access might be an alternative to having an accessible website, but cannot decide until the...more

Acquirers Beware: Salary History Bans Impact Employment Diligence and Arrangements

New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A deals New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A...more

The Ongoing Battle Between LGBTQ+ Rights And Claims Of Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice has reversed the previous Administration’s position on employment protections for transgender individuals, and issued a memorandum that will likely be relied on by private...more

New York City’s Salary History Ban Takes Effect October 31

Effective October 31, 2017, New York City becomes another jurisdiction making it unlawful for manufacturers and other employers to ask most job applicants for information about their prior or current salary, compensation or...more

Fake Service Dog Attacks Real Service Dog

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve been posting about the problems companies face when a customer wants to bring in a fake service dog. One of the biggest issues for companies is figuring out which dogs are fake service dogs and which dogs are real...more

New Standards of Conduct for Companies Seeking to Operate with Respect for the Rights of LGBTI People

On September 26, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released new Standards of Conduct intended to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex...more

Chicago City Council Committee Approves Hands Off-Pants On Ordinance to Protect Hotel Employees

On October 2, 2017, the Chicago City Council Committee on Workplace Development and Audit approved an amendment to the Municipal Code (the “Ordinance”) that, if approved by the full City Council, will require hotel employers...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

The Dialogue: About Firing Employees and Negotiating Severance Agreements

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Dialogue – an occasional discussion between myself and a prominent employee-side attorney, Nina Pirrotti returns today after a late summer hiatus. Today’s chat focuses on employee separations and severance agreements. ...more

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Advance Controversial ADA Amendment

Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act imposes a proactive duty on businesses subject to the ADA to remove architectural barriers and other obstacles that impede disabled persons’ access to an existing public...more

Time to End Gender Apartheid: Growing Up as Girls: Cultural and Structural Barriers

by Atma Global on

We’ve reached a global consensus that racial apartheid is wrong; let’s at least now raise the floor and recognize that gender apartheid is also morally wrong. Despite the progress toward gender equality that we have made in...more

European Labour & Employment Update - September 2017

by Jones Day on

In this edition, we report from around Europe on some interesting case law developments that affect the way employers manage their employees. The range of issues covered shows that, despite the breadth of directives issued by...more

Arbitrator Awards $40 Million in Gender and Sexual Orientation Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers face several trade-offs when considering the implementation of mandatory arbitration policies. One of the positive attributes of arbitration, from an employer’s perspective, is the avoidance of a runaway jury award....more

Franchisor's Racial Animus Is Irrelevant in Determining Legality of Franchise Termination Under NJ Franchise Practices Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a recent win for franchisor 7-Eleven, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a New Jersey district court’s ruling that 7-Eleven properly terminated its franchise agreements for cause based on the...more

Thoughts On National Registration For Service Dogs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve posted before, regarding the dilemma business owners have when faced with a customer with a dog (fake service dog) or a customer with an animal (emotional support animal – which are not afforded the same protections as...more

Another Court Finds That Accessibility Rules Apply to Retail Websites

Last month we told you that a court in Florida had ordered the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain to make its websites accessible to persons with vision impairments by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0...more

Website Accessibility: Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

by Revision Legal on

Legal activists for the disabled are filing an increasing number of successful website accessibility challenges. Among the companies sued: Hobby Lobby, eBay, Blick Art Materials, Five Guys, Target, Winn-Dixie, etc. Very soon,...more

Equal Access in the Digital Age: OCR Ramps Up Investigations into Website Accessibility

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Consider the fact that we now live in a digital age, with limitless information at our fingertips, accessible (to many of us) with a few keystrokes or a simple voice command into our now ubiquitous cell phones. Now consider...more

What Businesses Should Know About Website Accessibility Lawsuits Under The ADA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Serial plaintiffs are suing businesses in alarming numbers alleging that websites and/or mobile applications are not accessible to persons with disabilities. This checklist reviews compliance obligations and the potential...more

Franchise Litigation Rising Over Dietary Considerations

by Lewitt Hackman on

Rising concerns over food sourcing and preparation is leading to more and more litigation for restaurants and franchises. Most of the lawsuits claim discrimination, which makes sense as many dietary strictures are rooted...more

A Dog, A Bunny And A Cat Walk Into A Diner – What’s The Diner’s Owner To Do?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As the weather in South Florida turns cooler and the snow birds start flying south, there is a remarkable increase in the number of little dogs (and other animals) one sees in their local Publix grocery stores and favorite...more

Recent Verdict Strengthens the Growing Need for Websites to Increase Accessibility to Disabled Individuals

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A recent case in federal district court in Florida foreshadows the beginning of an expanded reach of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a whole, the Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of...more

Where Have All the Women Gone?

by Atma Global on

Just over a year ago, the heads of government in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile – three of Latin America’s most dynamic regional powers – were female. Today, Chile remains the only country whose presidency is held by a woman –...more

Think Accessibility When Designing Your Webpage and Apps

On June 13, 2017, Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. to make its website accessible by persons with disabilities, including those...more

Business and Human Rights in Africa – 5 things we can learn from the Ugandan business community

by Hogan Lovells on

In Uganda, the business community, government and civil society groups are coming together to strengthen the protection of human rights. On Friday 18 August, we had the privilege of addressing a group of Ugandan business...more

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