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Labor & Employment – Discrimination – Sexual Harassment – Municipal – Public Employees (access required)

Okoli v. City of Baltimore A woman whose boss, head of a Baltimore aging agency, “forcibly kissed her, fondled her leg, propositioned her, asked sexually explicit questions, described sexual activities he wished to perform and then, after she spurned the advances and filed a harassment complaint, fired her,” stated claims for hostile environment, quid pro quo harassment and retaliation, and the 4th Circuit vacates summary judgment for the employer and remands the harassment suit.

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Federal or state? Employment lawyers have strong preferences on venue (access required)

An attorney with an employment-discrimination case will most likely take the case to the nearest county courthouse to be heard by a state judge. But just as likely, the defense counsel for the employer will have it removed to federal ...

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Age claim that beat summary judgment gets noticed nationwide (access required)

A 46-year-old Alexander County emergency medical services supervisor who was demoted when his team failed to meet a targeted response time has a triable case of age discrimination, a federal judge ruled late last month. The case, Fox v. Alexander County, has drawn national attention among labor lawyers because the plaintiff survived a summary-judgment motion from the employer - an unusual event in federal court. "It's pretty noteworthy," said the plaintiff's attorney, Joshua Van Kampen (pictured). "The employer-discrimination firms are very adept at getting these cases dismissed."

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Labor & Employment – Disability – Discrimination Claim – Diabetes – Leave of Absence – Transfer – Schools & School Boards (access required)

Williams v. Brunswick County Board of Education. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-02-0722, 14 pp.) (James C. Dever III, J.) E.D.N.C. Holding: Even though plaintiff decided to take a medical leave of absence to deal with her diabetes, none of her doctors ...

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Bar continues debate on non-discrimination preamble (access required)

The Ethics Committee of the State Bar considered a controversial amendment to the preamble to the Rules of Professional Conduct at its quarterly meeting late last week in Pinehurst. The original amended language provided that a lawyer, "[w]hile employed in a professional capacity ... should avoid knowingly manifesting through word or deed or bias or prejudice based upon a person's race, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or other protected status or personal characteristic." Alice Mine (pictured) serves as ethics counsel for the State Bar. [...]

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