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    Jury Awards $41.5 Million Verdict for Study Abroad Student in Failure to Warn Case

    The Connecticut Supreme Court recently upheld a $41.5 million verdict in favor of a high school student who became ill during her school’s study abroad program. The Court’s decision is intended to promote stricter safety standards for study abroad programs. Although this case involved a high school, many higher education groups fear that the outcome […]

    Trump Administration to Investigate Affirmative Action in University Admission

    On August 1, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration will be redirecting Justice Department resources to investigate universities’ affirmative action admission policies. The report was made after the New York Times received a document stating the Department of Justice would be investigating “intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” The Times’ […]

    The Second Circuit Reviews New York Methodist Hospital Worker’s FMLA Suit

    On June 30 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that the District Court erred when it held that an employee had not proven a “serious health condition” to qualify for medical leave. The Second Circuit reasoned that the District Court used an interpretation of the regulation that was too narrow. […]

    A Single Racist Comment May Establish a Title VII Violation

    In April 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, held that a single racist comment can, when severe enough, establish a discriminatory hostile work environment. Otis Daniel, a 35-year-old African American male, began working for T&M Protection Resources, Inc. in 2010. Daniel worked as a fire safety director for T&M for […]

    New York Post Sports Writer Sues Following Post-Tweet Termination

    The New York Post (“the Post”), a daily newspaper known for its tabloid style journalism, recently terminated sports columnist Bart Hubbuch (“Hubbuch”), after he posted a tweet critical of President Donald Trump. Hubbuch has since filed a lawsuit against the Post in New York State Supreme Court, claiming that the Post, in terminating the writer, […]

    UPS Facing Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Class Action Lawsuit

    United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”), the world’s largest package delivery company, was recently hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in a federal court in Florida. The lawsuit alleges that the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) by “using background checks to make employment decisions without providing workers or applicants with the results.” […]

    UVA Administrator Files Gender Discrimination Suit

    A University of Virginia (“UVA”) administrator, Betsy Ackerson (“Ackerson”), recently filed a lawsuit in a Virginia federal court against the UVA Board of Visitors, claiming that the university knowingly paid her less than her male counterparts. Ackerson’s lawsuit alleges violations of four federal laws: the Equal Pay Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of […]

    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, […]

    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 […]

    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 […]