11
February
2013

Immigration reform: short on details, long on consequences

With the re-election of Barack Obama as President, Washington, DC and much of the country have refocused attention on the nation’s broken immigration system.  The renewed attention on how we should best address the presence of approximately 12 mil… Read More
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30
January
2013

A turn for the worse in retaliation cases?

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr. v. Nassar, which raises the question of what legal standard applies to causation under Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision and similarly worded statut… Read More
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16
January
2013

United we stand or divided we fall

The Chicago Teachers Union recently filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of African-American members, alleging that the Chicago Public School’s “turnaround” policy discriminates against African-American employees.  Under this “turnaround… Read More
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26
December
2012

Tribute to pioneer highlights the crucial link between labor and civil rights

Beginning on January 24, 2013, the History Theatre will feature 19 wonderful performances about the life and times of Nellie Stone Johnson.  The production, entitled Nellie, shows the protagonist to be a true trailblazer, knocking down seemingly ins… Read More
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10
December
2012

Right to work still a ripoff

Both houses of the Michigan Legislature just pushed through legislation that will make Michigan a “right to work” state once Governor Rick Snyder signs the bill into law later this week as promised.  This follows on the heels of similar efforts… Read More
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29
November
2012

Taking on the giant of giants

For decades, Walmart has dominated much of the retail market, often at the expense – literally and figuratively – of local communities.  With the rapid growth of Walmart, everything from the proverbial mom-and-pop shop to community infrastructur… Read More
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16
November
2012

Vital legal rights in the crosshairs

This term, the United States Supreme Court will decide a number of high-profile issues in civil rights and employment cases.  Among the questions to be tackled by the Court include the validity and proper scope of voting rights protections.  Given… Read More
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29
October
2012

The de facto death of disparate impact in most age discrimination cases

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently promulgated regulations, 29 U.S.C. §§ 1625.1, et seq., concerning an affirmative defense that employers may use to defeat disparate impact discrimination claims brou… Read More
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08
October
2012

The future is now in e-discovery: predictive coding

As people’s work and personal lives become increasingly dependent on smartphones, tablets, and other emerging technology – whether to participate in the growing forms of social media or to handle day-to-day affairs – electronic discovery is… Read More
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01
October
2012

Federal and state elections update

Federal and State elections will be held in approximately 1 month. Those elections could have a dramatic impact, with reverberations for decades, as to the legal rights of unions, employees in general, consumers, and other members of the larger commu… Read More
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