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Defendant’s failure to assign plaintiff tasks that were given to more experienced employees did not constitute a materially adverse employment action under Title VII

September
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
On July 12, 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in a suit brought by an employee under Title VII.

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.

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