April 7, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley Monk Jr., is a ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday an amended version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of deaf and hard-of-hearing prisoners alleging that the state and prison officials had failed to adequately accommodate the prisoners' heightened communication needs. The complaint, filed in the US District ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution, and that his life would have been spared in any other state because of his IQ. After Texas ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Kyle Webster
The extent to which the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to accommodate a pregnant employee is the subject of Young v. United Postal Service. The case began in 2006, when Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, became pregnant. Her doctor advised her that she should not be lifting ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Vanessa Griffith
In 1978 the US Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as an amendment to the sex discrimination section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to the Act, there were various Supreme Court cases that dealt with issues of employment discrimination against pregnant women and demonstrated a ...[read more]
December 18, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that morbid obesity can be considered a disability under the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive if the employee is prevented from fully participating in professional life because of his or her weight. The case arose from the Retten i Kolding ...[read more]

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