Veronica Potter and Ian Cooper Win MHRA Jury Trial for University

Veronica Potter and Ian Cooper won a five-day jury trial for Washington University on March 1, 2024, in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The plaintiff was a former employee of the University who claimed he was terminated because of his race and his prior complaints, and that he was subjected to a hostile work environment. The claims were submitted to the jury under the MHRA’s prior “contributing factor” standard of liability.  After five days of evidence, the jury returned a

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Ian Cooper And Jenna Lakamp Win Novel Age Discrimination Case For Southern Illinois University

Ian Cooper and Jenna Lakamp have won a case brought under the Age Discrimination Act, a federal statute prohibiting age discrimination against students by universities and other recipients of federal funds. The case was brought by a former student in Southern Illinois University’s Nurse Anesthetist graduate program in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. 

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New Form I-9, August 30 Deadline to Inspect Documents, and Alternative Remote Examination Procedure

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has promulgated a new version of the Form I-9, which is now available for use (please also see new Form I-9 Instructions).  The new I-9 has reduced Sections 1 and 2 to a single sheet, and has relocated the Reverification and Rehire section to a separate “Supplement B” page, among other changes. 

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Ian Cooper Wins Breach of Contract Case for Truman State University

On March 7, 2023, Judge Matthew Wilson of the Circuit Court of Adair County, Missouri entered Judgment in favor Truman State University in an action filed by a former faculty member at the University.  The Plaintiff, Luke Amoroso, claimed that the University breached its contractual obligations to him by failing to provide him a hearing prior to non-renewing his appointment.  Plaintiff asserted breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing claims in the Adair

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Mollie Mohan, Veronica Potter, and Ian Cooper Win MHRA Jury Trial for Lincoln University

On March 1, 2023, Judge Jon Beetem of the Circuit Court of Cole County entered Judgment for Lincoln University following a five-day jury trial between January 22 and 30, 2023.  Judge Beetem directed a verdict for Defendant, Lincoln University, on all of Plaintiff’s claims under the Missouri Human Rights Act.  The Plaintiff, Jim Marcantonio, was employed by the University as its Director of Human Resources for 18 years.  Plaintiff claimed in his lawsuit that he was subjected to a hostile

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Missouri House Bill 1878 Puts New Restrictions on the Voter Registration Process

by Mark Timmerman Every school year, high schools and colleges across the country hold voter registration drives for students who have reached the age of 18. In Missouri, two voter registration laws set to go in effect on August 28, 2022 pose new challenges to any school that seeks to partake in this American tradition. These laws are a part of House Bill 1878, which was signed into law by Governor Parson on June 29, 2022. Missouri Revised Statutes read more

10 Things You Should Know About the Proposed Title IX Regulations

by Veronica Potter On June 23, 2022 –  on the 50th anniversary of Title IX – the Department of Education released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) with its proposed Title IX regulations. The proposed regulations were long awaited, as the plan to replace the existing 2020 Title IX regulations (2020 Regulations) enacted by the Trump Administration was announced shortly after President Biden took office. The unofficial version of the NPRM is available online now, and the

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OSHA Releases Emergency Technical Standard Requiring Employers to Mandate Vaccines or Testing for Employees

by Veronica Potter On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for employers. The ETS requires employers with 100 or more employees to either implement a mandatory vaccination policy, or to allow employees to choose between vaccination and weekly testing and wearing a face covering. OSHA has also released an FAQ, webinar, and read more