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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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

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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

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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

MORE Title IX Changes for Higher Education? New Guidance Regarding Use of “Statements” Not Subject to Cross-Examination in Hearing Determination

by Veronica Potter and Kate Nash Since the August 14, 2020 implementation date for the new Title IX regulations (the “Regulations”), institutions of higher education have worked to provide fair process to students while complying with some of the more difficult and onerous regulatory provisions. One of those provisions, found in 34 CFR 106.45(b)(6)(i), prohibits determinations that rely on “statements” not subjected to cross-examination during a live hearing. A recent court decision found this particular provision invalid.

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Department of Education Releases Questions and Answers on Title IX Regulations

by Veronica Potter On July 20, 2021, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published it’s Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment (“Q&A”). This resource contains a series of questions and answers regarding the regulations on Title IX that went into effect on August 14, 2020 (“2020 Regulations”), as well as excerpts of example policies from elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions. In a blog

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Weighing Conviction History in Illinois Employment Decisions

by Christine Self Amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) that took effect March 23, 2021, make it a civil rights violation for an employer to use an individual’s conviction record “as a basis to refuse to hire, to segregate, or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal of employment, selection for training or apprenticeship, discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges or conditions of employment”¦unless:   (1) there is a substantial relationship between one or more of

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Missouri Governor Signs COVID-19 Liability Bill

by Jenna Lakamp On July 7, 2021, Missouri’s Governor Parson signed into law a bill limiting civil lawsuits that can be brought against Missouri business, religious organizations, and health care providers.   SB51 was passed by the Legislature on May 25, 2021, with support from Governor Parson. The law states that no individual or entity will be liable for any COVID-19 exposure, unless the individual can prove they were exposed and suffered illness by “clear and convincing evidence.”   In

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