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CA Court: Supervisor-induced stress is not a disability

Monday, June 15, 2015
California Court Rules on Employment Case
A California appeals court ruled May 26 that stress and anxiety caused by a particular supervisor does not entitle an individual to protection under disability discrimination law, even under California’s uniquely broad framework. “The…

Lawsuit accuses school district of failing to accommodate students impacted by trauma

Monday, June 15, 2015
Test Case for Victims of Trauma
In a first-of-its kind lawsuit, Public Counsel and Irell & Manella LLP accused the Compton Unified School District on May 18 of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against trauma-impacted students. “To…

Supreme Court rules that employers must accommodate pregnant employees

Monday, April 6, 2015
Pregnancy Discrimination Act Case
Although pregnancy is not a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on March 25 that federal law requires employers, in certain situations, to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women, similar…

Supreme Court rules against Medicaid providers

Friday, April 3, 2015
News from the U.S. Supreme Court
The Supremacy Clause bars private citizens from suing states over Medicaid reimbursement rates, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision handed down March 31. As a result, Medicaid providers seeking to force states…

Journal article calls for a new Asian tribunal to enforce disability treaty

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
U.N. Treaty
Famed New York Law Professor Michael Perlin recently published a new journal article outlining the contours of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as arguing for why the creation of a…

Supreme Court declines to hear group home ordinance case

Thursday, November 13, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court announced November 3 that it is denying certiorari to an appeal from the town of Newport Beach regarding a recent appellate court decision finding that a 2008 ordinance may have illegally discriminated against people…

Professor proposes plan to reduce firearm-related suicides

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Right to Bear Arms
In a new law journal article, University of Alabama Law Professor Frederick Vars lays out an innovative proposal to reduce firearm-related suicides by people with severe mental illness or who are otherwise contemplating ending their…

Neuroscience, mental disabilities and tort law

Friday, October 3, 2014
Neuroscientific evidence in tort law
In a new journal article in the Indiana Law Review, Widener Law Professor Jean M. Eggen examines the role of mental disabilities in traditional tort law, and how it may be reformed through the use…

DRW launches “Questions of Discrimination”

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DRW launches “Questions of Discrimination”
“Questions of Discrimination” a new documentary by Disability Rights Washington (DRW) reveals the mental health bias and stigma inherent in the process used to decide who is fit to become a lawyer.  In Washington State…

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