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    University of Chicago Prevails in Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

    A federal jury in Illinois recently returned a verdict in favor of the University of Chicago Medical Center (“UCMC”) in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. A former UCMC resident, Dr. Maria Artunduaga (“Artunduaga”), sued the University of Chicago in 2012, claiming she experienced discrimination (hostile work environment) while employed by the UCMC. Artunduaga began her […]

    Transgender Students Find Success in Pennsylvania Federal Court

    Three transgender high school students in Pittsburgh recently prevailed in federal court in temporarily halting a school district policy requiring the students to use restrooms that do not conform with their gender identities. The Pennsylvania court’s decision comes just a week after the Trump administration announced that it would rescind guidance issued by the Obama […]

    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.” […]

    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 […]

    NCAA Faces New Class-Action Concussion-Related Lawsuits

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) was hit with seven new concussion-related class action lawsuits on August 31, 2016. The new lawsuits increase the total number of lawsuits filed since May 2016 to 22 across the country. The latest cases have all been filed and are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern […]

    U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Order Allowing Transgender Restroom Choice

    On August 3, 2016, amidst national debate over transgender rights, the United States Supreme Court temporarily blocked a court order that had allowed a transgender student to use the boys’ restrooms in a Virginia high school. Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as a male, is scheduled to commence his senior year at […]

    Seventh Circuit: Title VII Does Not Cover Sexual-Orientation Discrimination

    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision on July 26, 2016, held that Title VII, a chapter of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 that protects employees from being discriminated against based upon race, sex, religion and national origin, does not protect employees against discrimination based upon sexual orientation. In Hively v. […]

    United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to Consider Misrepresentation in Food Labeling

    On May 26, 2016, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (the “MDL”) will consider whether to consolidate dozens of cases from federal courts across the country involving food mislabeling for pretrial hearings and related proceedings. The panel will hear oral argument regarding whether clusters of cases, with defendants such as Kraft Heinz Foods, […]