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  • President Trump’s Travel Ban: How the Executive Order is Affecting Colleges and Universities

    On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order on immigration, which bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States indefinitely, suspends all refugee admissions under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and prohibits citizens from seven, predominately Muslim, countries from entering the United States for 90 days. Those seven countries […]

    Amtrak Employee Reinstated Following Retaliation for Whistleblowing

    A former employee of the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (“Amtrak”) was recently awarded a $892,551 settlement and was reinstated as an Amtrak employee, following an order from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). The employee worked for Amtrak as a supervisory special agent in Amtrak’s inspector general’s office. In 2010, […]

    U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh in on Religious Exemptions from ERISA

    The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear appeals from hospitals with Christian affiliations regarding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (“ERISA”) exemption for church retirement plans. ERISA is a federal law that sets forth minimum standards for pension plans established by private companies. In an effort to protect the interests of employee benefit […]

    State AGs Intervene in For-Profit College Accreditor Lawsuit

    The attorneys general from five states and Washington, D.C. recently filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), which is pursuing a case against the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) following the DOE’s decision to terminate the national accreditor in December 2016. ACICS, founded […]

    Florida School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with U.S. Department of Justice

    The Palm Beach County School Board (“School Board”) recently settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Justice Department alleging that a local school’s principal unlawfully demoted an assistant principal after she became pregnant with twins. Anne Williams Dorsey (“Dorsey”) was employed by Turning Points Academy as an assistant principal. In 2010, Dorsey informed principal […]

    EEOC Issues Guidance on Rights of Employees with Mental Health Conditions

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued a resource document titled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights” intended to provide guidance on workplace rights for individuals with mental health conditions under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). The EEOC, the government agency responsible for […]

    Governor Cuomo Announces Tuition-Free College in New York

    Last Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Governor Cuomo, with the support of Vermont Senator and one time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, introduced a robust plan to offer tuition-free college educations to eligible New Yorkers. Cuomo’s proposed program, the Excelsior Scholarship (the “Program”), will apply only to full-time students enrolling at a SUNY or CUNY two- or […]

    U.S. Department of Education Finds Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct Had Title IX Rights Violated by Wesley College

    The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Wesley College, a private, liberal arts university in Dover, Delaware, violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) by allegedly disregarding the due process rights of male students accused of sexual misconduct. By way of background, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education programs […]

    Class Action Age Discrimination Case Against Google Moves Forward

    A software developer in California recently prevailed in a key ruling regarding her lawsuit against Google. The developer, Cheryl Fillekes, originally brought a suit against the multinational technology company in 2015, claiming that the company systemically discriminates against older job applicants and employees. By way of background, Fillekes interviewed with Google for four different positions […]

    Ohio Judge Upholds Federal Guidelines for Transgender Students

    The landscape of transgender law impacting students is quickly evolving, in large part due to the increasing national debate over restroom access for transgender students. By way of background, under Title IX, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex. Both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department […]