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“Central Park Karen” and Workplace Discrimination
“Central Park Karen” and Workplace Discrimination

A “ phone call heard ‘round the world” in May 2020 led to a social media firestorm, renewed demands for reflecting on race in our society, and the employment termination of the woman who made the call. Amy Cooper, a white woman, was walking her dog unleashed in New York’s ...

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  • Illinois Employment Law Changes in 2022

    Each new year brings with it a fresh slate of additional laws and regulations. At the start of 2022, from the federal to the local level, numerous ...

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  • Chappelle, Netflix, and the Trans Community: What Should a Business Do When Its Employees Are Offended by Its Products?

    Dave Chappelle, the stand-up comedian whose name is nearly synonymous with controversy, has incited debate once again with a new Netflix special. The ...

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  • Can Employers Raise Health Insurance Premiums for Unvaccinated Workers?

    As companies try to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace that could be prevented by vaccination, some are considering raising ...

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  • What Do the New OSHA Regulations Mean for Your Business?

    President Joe Biden just recently commemorated crossing the grim threshold of 500,000 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. Recognizing the growing numbers ...

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  • Should You Pay Your Employees to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

    Workplaces have developed a novel response to developments in the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent trend, several large U.S. companies have begun ...

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  • Midwest High Court: Religious Employers May Discriminate Against—But Not Abuse—Their Employees

    Sandor Demkovich was a music director at a suburban Chicago Catholic church before he was fired from his position in 2014 after just two years of ...

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  • Fighting Over Face Masks Is Now “Aggravated Battery” in Illinois

    The use of face masks in public spaces, private businesses, and the workplace has proven controversial in some quarters, despite scientific evidence ...

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  • “Religious” Employees Have Been Stripped of Their Rights. How Should They and Their Employers Respond?

    The Supreme Court is often tasked with discerning where to draw the line when civil rights and religious liberty come into conflict. Earlier this ...

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  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow? What the Bostock Decision Means for the LGBT Community.

    They say Stonewall was a riot. That it finally put LGBT people on the map. That it was the beginning of genuine equality. But prior to last week’s ...

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