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October 12, 2017

The blood remaining in the umbilical cord after childbirth contains stems cells which may be used in a variety of medical treatments. Many parents of newborns are seeking to save this “cord blood”, either with the hopes of curing known ailments, as insurance against future illnesses, or for use in yet-to-be-discovered therapies. My internet...

October 11, 2017

The freedom of speech afforded by the First Amendment is remarkably broad. Several categories of speech, including even “hate speech,” are afforded varying degrees ofprotection. However, the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment is not without limits, even for public sector employees. Governmental employees who voice their...

October 09, 2017

An employee grabs a co-worker’s penis and pokes another employee with a banana protruding from the zipper of his pants.Should the employer be liable for sexual harassment?Well, it depends. An employer’s liability for harassment often hinges on whether the harasser is a “supervisor.” If the harasser is the victim’s co-worker, an employer...

October 06, 2017

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you haven’t visited Bill’s blog, you should — he covers all aspects of the ADA, including Titles II and III...

October 04, 2017

This week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a “multimonth leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In doing so, the court rejected longstanding guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a long-term...

October 03, 2017

Father, you kiss your mother with that mouth? “Father, I’m appalled!” The recent dismissal of a lawsuit in New York — involving a priest who is principal at a Catholic high school —  illustrates why an (alleged) “equal opportunity offender” is better than a discriminatory one. But that’s not to say it’s good. Father Michael Reilly — as well...
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