I couldn’t be more pleased than to sharethis recent report – Women Lawyers Still Hit Glass Ceiling – from Marketplace. This story is not about what your law firm can do for you because it’s not going to do anything to advance the careers of women either because it’s the right thing to do or because it’s the smart thing to do (i.e., good law firm management).
Federal Court: Firing Employee for Using Medical Marijuana is Not Discriminatory, Even Where It’s Legal
A federal court in Denver has held that an employee who was fired after testing positive for marijuana was not protected by the state’s anti-discrimination laws, even though Colorado has legalized the use of medical marijuana. MillerCoors terminated Paul Curry after he tested positive for marijuana use during a routine drug test administered by the company.
In 2011, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun became the first MLB player to successfully challenge, and evade, a 50-game suspension for suspected use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Coincidentally, that same year, Braun went on to win the National League MVP award.
August 31 has been circled on my calendar for a long time. Washington v. Boise State in the New Husky Stadium. When I moved to Boise in 2006, Boise State was coming off a 9-4 season, having been embarrassed at Georgia and blown out on the road at Fresno State.
An order yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in New York clears the way for a trial on September 23 in a government lawsuit accusing Bank of America Corp. of fraud in the sale of billions of dollars of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Judge Rakoff rejected the bank’s bid to dismiss the case. The court ruled that there are “genuine factual disputes” that justify letting the case continue against the second-largest U.S. bank. Only a few prominent cases tied to the financial crisis have ever gone to trial.
“See You in…well, I Don’t Know When”: Is an Unlimited Leave of Absence a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA?
As we all know, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for known disabilities of employees to enable them to perform a position’s essential functions, unless doing so would result in undue hardship to the employer’s operations. 42 U.S.C. § 12112(b).
Maryland Federal District Court’s Dismissal of EEOC V. Freeman Provides Guidance for Employers On Background Check Rules
As we’ve blogged about before, the EEOC has become more aggressive over the past few years in scrutinizing employer use of criminal background and credit checks.
Unless you’re inflicted with the most severe kind of equinophobia, you probably don’t get much satisfaction from seeing a dead horse get beat. But since the horse that is the NCAA’s current player compensation system appears to still have some life in it, I have to admit I’m sort of enjoying the additional beatings it keeps taking (as I’ve written about here, here, here, and here).
One of the lurking issues in the murky waters of copyright fair use is the takedown notice provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”). The DMCA, codified at 17 U.S.C. § 512, implements two 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization treaties and absolves internet service providers (“ISPs”) who disable allegedly infringing content when notified by the copyright holder.
For those of us that have been practicing for a while, it had seemed that the days of the big settlements for race discrimination cases were behind us.