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Maryland enacts rules requiring employers to report sex harassment settlements; law could be copied elsewhere

By Tomas Kassahun | Jun 27, 2018

In the wake of enhanced focus across the nation on sexual harassment, Maryland has enacted legislation requiring employers to submit information to the state regarding settlements of sexual harassment claims. And employers outside Maryland should be on the lookout for similar legislation in other states, as well.

Clerk: Cook County's methods of maintaining voter rolls better than SCOTUS-approved Ohio purge

By Tomas Kassahun | Jun 26, 2018

With a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Ohio state law allowing state election officials may remove people from the roll of eligible voters if voters skip a few elections and fail to respond to a mailed notice from state election officials, asking them to verify they still live in the place in which they claim to be registered to vote.

Judge turns aside parents' attempts to sue those trying to take custody of kids after daughter's death

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 17, 2018

A federal judge has ruled against a couple who filed a lawsuit against healthcare professionals and state officials who attempted to take their surviving children from them following the death of their daughter.

Citing ministerial exception, appellate court rules Hebrew teacher wasn't discriminated against

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 16, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has barred an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by a former Hebrew teacher at a Milwaukee Jewish school, saying the teacher held a "ministerial role." The decision could help shed light on which employees of religious organizations should be considered exempt from federal anti-discrimination laws.

Tweets containing embedded pics could be copyright violation, NY judge says; decision an 'outlier,' for now

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 14, 2018

A New York federal judge has given media companies and other businesses cause to worry a bit more about embedding tweets and other social media posts with photos on their own content, as the judge said political site Breitbart could be held liabe for violating the copyright of a photographer who had originally uploaded a photo of quarterback Tom Brady included by Breitbart with a social media post.

Appellate court affirms dismissal of ex-Cook transportation worker's wrongful firing suit, despite 'intrigue'

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 7, 2018

A federal appeals panel has affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a case "filled with intrigue" brought by a former Cook County Transportation Department worker who had accused the county of firing him under false pretenses.

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