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NY Attorney General Files Redlining Lawsuit Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

The New York Attorney General filed a complaint earlier this month in a New York federal court against a national bank headquartered in the state and its holding company alleging that the defendants violated the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ],...

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: US High Court Eliminates 'Golden Week'

Ohio's "Golden Week" — a five-day interval at the beginning of the state's early voting period when eligible residents can both register and cast ballots — fell by the wayside last week, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay, [ enhanced version available...

DOJ Settles Lawsuit Against Texas Bus Company for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Autobuses Ejecutivos LLC, doing business as Omnibus Express, a bus company based in Houston, Texas. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in August 2013 by the department under the Immigration and Nationality Act’s...

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common

By Eric G. Pearson What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued last week by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Frank v. Walker , Nos. 14-2058 & 14-2059...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (11/1/2014)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 79 No. 10 October 2014 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights...

Third Time's the Charm? Supreme Court Agrees Again To Hear FHA Disparate Impact Case

By Michael W. Skojec, Sharon Wilson Géno, Bryan J. Harrison, Christopher J. Willis, John L. Culhane, Jr., and Peter N. Cubita The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed for the third time in recent history to decide whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA)....

Predictive Analytics and Big Data in the Workplace and Beyond: The Science Behind the Crystal Ball

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. An awful lot of ink has been devoted lately to Predictive Analytics and Big Data—two...

Deferred Action and Alienage Discrimination: Juarez v. Northwestern Mutual

"Over a week ago, the President extended “deferred-action” status to millions of people who faced deportation for residing in the US in violation of federal immigration law. (He then defended his legal authority to do so.) Around the same time, in Juarez v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance...

Predictive Analytics and Big Data in the Workplace and Beyond: The Science Behind the Crystal Ball

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. An awful lot of ink has been devoted lately to Predictive Analytics and Big Data—two...

Undocumented Workers: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Sierra Chemical v. Salas

California WCAB applies Salas to another Salas case Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. Now that the California Supreme Court...

Federal District Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

In a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case we have been watching for some time, the federal district court in Washington, D.C., recently issued an opinion vacating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) disparate impact rule on the ground that "the FHA prohibits disparate...

Amicus Curiae Oppose Disparate-Impact Liability

Recently, following the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of certiorari , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], more than a dozen organizations, groups, and associations filed separate amicus curiae briefs, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], in support of the notion...

Missouri: No 15% Penalty For Employment Discrimination

Missouri compensation allows a 15% enhancement of statutory comp benefits when the employer fails to comply with state law and the injury is caused by the failure. Although most cases invoke 287.120.4 (Lexis Advance), 287.120.4 (lexis.com) for failure to guard or similar safety issues, a recent case...

State AGs Take Sides as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Housing Discrimination Case

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project , [ writ of certiorari granted, enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], on the question of whether disparate impact claims for discrimination...

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the...

ACOEM Guidance on Marijuana in the Workplace: Keeping Employers Sane Amidst the Reefer Madness

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. For a Schedule I drug with no currently accepted medical use (at least according to the United...

Department of Education Releases Updated Guidance for Title IX Compliance

On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a “guidance package” to further assist educational institutions in understanding their Title IX obligations. The package consisted of a Dear Colleague letter, a letter to Title IX...

DOJ Settles Largest-Ever Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim for $320K Plus Lost Wages

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Luis Esparza Services, Inc. (LES), a farm labor contractor company based in Bakersfield, California, resolving claims that the company discriminated against individuals because of citizenship status in violation of the Immigration and Nationality...

Workplace Policies on Medical Marijuana: Some Guidance on the Complex, Chameleon-like Legal and Medical Issues Involved

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. How risky would it be if your mailroom employees used medical marijuana at work? Would your...

This Is Real Law: The Power of Knowledge: Publishing Legal Information to Support Women’s Rights

In a recent article, The Huffington Post challenged its readers with a simple test. It consisted of viewing three videos on YouTube. “Watch these,” wrote Morra Aarons-Mele , founder of Women Online , “and consider how you feel about the state of women’s rights in our country.”...

The Landlords Strike Back! AG’s $38,000 Craigslist Rental Discrimination Penalty Struck Down

Attorney General’s Office Accused of Smearing Local Landlords In Press A Craigslist rental ad posted online for merely 8 days turned into a complete nightmare for a Melrose father and son who claim that Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office ran roughshod over their rights and tried...

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Fed Rack Up Major Immigration-Related Fines, Settlements Against Employers

Washington Apple Orchard Fined $2.25M - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a multimillion dollar settlement Tuesday with Prescott-based Broetje Orchards, LLC, for its civil violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act related to verifying U.S. employment eligibility...

2015 Update from the Benefits Review Board

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Personnel News The membership of the Benefits Review Board has changed quite a bit in the past year. Judge Betty Jean Hall, who has been the Acting Chair and Chief Administrative Appeals...

OCAHO on Citizenship Discrimination: USA v. Estopy Farms

"Jerry Estopy and Manuel Bortoni d.b.a. Estopy Farms simply passed over a qualified U.S. citizen in favor of hiring temporary H-2A workers from Mexico. ... [N]othing in this forum’s governing statute or regulations mandates that a U.S. citizen be afforded any preference over an equally qualified...