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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Civil Rights

Correspondence from Our Readers July 2002 Column, Page 334 Put family first.
Correspondence from Our Readers June 2002 Column, Page 278 Medicare liens; a clarification.
The ABCs of the ADA By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2002 Lawpulse, Page 226 Every lawyer should know something about this far-reaching statute.
No honor in “redskins,” says Native American bar group By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2002 Lawpulse, Page 168 "Redskins" is hate speech and not fit for use as a sports mascot, according to the Illinois Native American Bar Association.
Governor links motorcyclist, gay anti-discrimination measures By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2001 Lawpulse, Page 510 Governor Ryan refuses to approve the Motorcyclist Public Accommodation Act unless the legislature passes a similar measure banning discrimination against gay men and women.
When direct evidence of discriminatory intent in denying job training is present, plaintiff need not show that the denial was materially adverse to employment October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 On July 3, 2001, the seventh circuit court of appeals affirmed in part and vacated in part the lower court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant, Caterpillar, Inc.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath September 2001 Column, Page 450 Two years and time's up for legal malpractice; nightshift-assignment doesn't constitute sex discrimination; and more.
Sports and the ADA After PGA Tour v Martin By Kelly Collier Cleland September 2001 Article, Page 480 The U.S. Supreme Court struck the right balance in golfer Casey Martin's case, this author opines.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath August 2001 Column, Page 394 Name-calling brief writers get a pass; Gramm-Leach-Bliley may require lawyers to send privacy notices; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2001 Column, Page 338 Golfers in the (legal) news; capital punishment and the mentally retarded; and more.
The Seventh Circuit Clarifies Employers’ Duties Under the ADA By Gregory H. Andrews June 2001 Article, Page 313 Find out how recent opinions have refined and redefined the ADA.
Must Illinois Employers Cover Infertility Treatments Under the ADA? By R. Kirk Williams May 2001 Article, Page 263 The answer: for employees in Illinois, yes; for employees in other states, probably not.
Analytical framework announced in Kolstad v American Dental Association must govern determination of punitive damages under Title VII April 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 On February 2, 2001, the seventh circuit held that the district court failed to properly analyze an employee's request for reinstatement to his job, and erred in its analysis of the employee's claim for punitive damages.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath April 2001 Column, Page 166 Police can keep suspects out of their own homes; adoption by one spouse only; arbitration clauses and fee agreements; and more.
The ADA does not automatically exclude those who use a mitigating device to combat the effects of their impairment from being disabled within the meaning of the ADA January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On November 8, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant, Sears, Roebuck & Co., on the EEOC's claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath January 2001 Column, Page 10 Standard of review for fee suits; U.S. Supremes just say no to drug-sniffing dogs at checkpoints; employee claims rejected by 7CA; and more.
Employee’s comments regarding employer’s possible violation of food inspection rules were protected speech November 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 5, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants, Hasara and Danner, officials of the city of Springfield, on Myers claim under 42 USC § 1983 alleging violations of her constitutional rights.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath November 2000 Column, Page 620 A lower burden of proof for consumer fraud? Arbitration-award rejection—can secretaries sign after all? and more.
Laureate of the Month September 2000 Column, Page 494 This month's featured honoree: Chicago civil rights attorney Martha A. Mills.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath September 2000 Column, Page 496 Employment-discrimination "testers" pass muster; those dastardly dresser-drawer deeds; and more.
Employer’s statements relating to age did not provide evidence of age discrimination August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On June 16, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant, CSC Consulting Inc. (CSC).
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2000 Column, Page 378 Grandparents lose at High Court—but how much? HMOs lose in one high court, win in another; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath June 2000 Column, Page 308 Playing the child-support percentages; ADA news and views; please don't squeeze the luggage; and more.
Racial profiling study rejected; H.B. 3911 June 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 310 House Bill 3911 required Illinois law enforcement officers to record information about the race of motorists who received traffic or warning citations.
States may not be sued under ADA in private action in federal court June 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 310 On March 27, 2000, a divided panel of the seventh circuit court of appeals held that a university employee could not maintain a private cause of action against her state employer to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 USC § 12111-12117 (ADA).
ADA claim must establish that condition is regarded as a disability April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 On February 8, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals affirmed the decision of the district court for the Northern District of Illinois to grant summary judgment to the defendants as to plaintiff Krocka's claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA").
Plaintiff in Title VII suit need not show favorable treatment of similarly situated employees when plaintiff is the only discharged individual March 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 On January 18, 2000, the Seventh Circuit reversed the district court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division's grant of summary judgment to defendant Quanex Corporation. 
A university has presumably complied with portions of Title IX if it can show a substantial proportionality between the gender group’s enrollment at the university and the gender group’s participation in athletics February 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 On December 7, 1999, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the First District reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to Valor Insurance Company.
A plaintiff must introduce at least some evidence of the defendant’s payroll records to show that the defendant is an “employer” for purposes of a Title VII claim January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On November 15, 1999, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of the defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law since the plaintiff, Tina Mizwicki, failed to set forth sufficient evide evidence to show that the defendant was an “employer” for purposes of Title VII.
The New Legal Landscape for Workplace Sexual Harassment By Allison Despard August 1999 Article, Page 422 A review of recent law, with a focus on employer liability for supervisors' sexually harassing conduct.