Ninth Circuit: Unruh Act Claims (Not Based On the ADA) Require Affirmative, Intentional, Wilful, Discriminatory Action

Ninth Circuit: Unruh Act Claims (Not Based On the ADA) Require Affirmative, Intentional, Wilful, Discriminatory Action

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a plaintiff must show intentional, willful, affirmative discriminatory action by a public accommodation to prevail on a claim for violation of California’s Unruh Act (one of the state’s ADA Title III-corollary statutes).

Court Issues $22,900 Sanction Award Against the EEOC for Spoliation

Court Issues $22,900 Sanction Award Against the EEOC for Spoliation

In a case we previously blogged about, EEOC v. Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, 13-CV-46 (E.D.N.C. Mar. 24, 2014), Magistrate Judge L. Patrick Auld held the EEOC liable for spoliation sanctions based on the “negligence, if not gross negligence” exhibited by the charging party it brought suit on behalf of – one Ms. Charlesetta Jennings (“Ms. Jennings”).

Northwestern Scholarship Football Players Found to Be Employees Eligible for Union Representation

Northwestern Scholarship Football Players Found to Be Employees Eligible for Union Representation

In a decision that has wide-ranging implications for college and university athletics programs, the Regional Director for Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board has found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act and eligible for union representation.