Tag: Legal Issues

Are Students Being Suspended Because of Their Race, Ethnicity or Disability

By Julissa Catalan According to a study conducted by 26 experts, a school-to-prison pipeline which transitions underrepresented children from school discipline to prison is very much in existence. The findings indicate that Black students and kids with disabilities are suspended at “hugely disproportionate rates compared to white students,” said the…

March Legal Roundup: Can You Be Fired for an Interracial Relationship

Here’s the latest on some employment-related legal cases that have gone before the courts: Constitution/First Amendment | Race Discrimination | Disability Discrimination | Sex Discrimination | Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Constitution/First Amendment Back to top White man cannot be fired for engagement to Black woman. A white county employee was…

February Legal Roundup: Is 'Something Is Wrong' Enough Notice of a Disability

Here’s the latest on some employment-related legal cases that have gone before the courts: Disability Discrimination | Privacy/Misuse of Identity | Age Discrimination | Religion Discrimination | Labor Arbitration | Legislation and Administrative Action Disability Discrimination Back to top “Something is wrong” and “might have a medical condition” are not…

Transgender Teen Gets Historic Court Victory

By Chris Hoenig Transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice, according to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court. The ruling stems from a lawsuit brought by the family of Nicole Maines, who was required by her school to use a staff restroom instead of the girls’ student…

January Legal Roundup: Can a Religious Object Be a 'Dangerous Weapon'

Here’s the latest on some employment-related cases that have gone before the courts: Religion Discrimination | Sex Discrimination | Disability Discrimination | Age and National-Origin Discrimination | Race Discrimination | Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Religion Discrimination Homeland security should have accommodated three-inch “sword blade” for Sikh agent….

Supreme Court's Dangerous Mix-Up of Diversity and Affirmative Action

By Daniel M. Levy, Director for Law and Policy, Michigan Department of Civil Rights Photo by Shutterstock In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case asking whether an applicant’s race may ever be considered in university admissions. Based on the justices’ questions and (even worse) the answers,…

December Legal Roundup: Must You Act 'American'

Here’s the latest on some employment-related cases that have gone before the courts: National-Origin Discrimination | Sex Discrimination | Disability Discrimination | Employment Contracts | National Labor Relations Act and Arbitration | Benefits | Legislation and Administrative Action National-Origin Discrimination Asking employees to model Texas business culture is not national-origin…

As Same-Gender Marriages Begin in NJ, Governor Withdraws Appeal

By Albert Lin Reuters/Eduardo Munoz Midnight on Sunday night is hardly the typical time for a wedding, but for scores of couples across New Jersey, the setting could not have been more perfect. After the State Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by Governor Chris Christie’s administration to delay…

October Legal Roundup: 'You're Not That Pretty'

Here’s the latest on some employment-related cases that have gone before the courts: Age Discrimination | Sex Discrimination | Sexual Orientation Discrimination | Racial Discrimination Age Discrimination “Not that pretty!” Photo by Shutterstock A female city attorney sued for age and sex discrimination. She alleged that she was paid less…

Abercrombie Discriminated Against Female Muslim Employee, Says Judge

By Chris Hoenig A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch broke antidiscrimination laws when it fired a Muslim employee who insisted on wearing a head scarfat least the fifth time that the company or CEO Mike Jeffries have been sued for discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment…