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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Seeking Work Accommodations.

Posted October 2014 in Disability by Andrea C. Farney

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is held every October and is supported by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  When you have a disability... read more »

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Affording Equal Access to Justice: The lawyer's responsibility to clients with disabilities.

Posted May 2014 in Disability by Andrea C. Farney

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires attorneys to provide equal access to potential clients with disabilities.  This means a lawyer has a legal duty to take steps to remove barriers... read more »

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Addressing Race and Color Employment Discrimination: The Basics.

Posted February 2014 in Race Discrimination by Andrea C. Farney

Employers should not treat workers differently because of the worker’s race.  In some cases the unequal treatment can lead to a discrimination claim in court.  Title VII of the Civil R... read more »

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Remain eligible for unemployment compensation: Don't call your boss a liar.

Posted January 2014 in Unemployment Compensation by Andrea C. Farney

When your boss tells you something untrue about your job performance you should be careful how you respond or you might jeopardize your unemployment compensation.  It is natural to be upset, espe... read more »

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Bush v Gore Remembered

Posted December 2013 in Civil Rights by Sharon Lopez

Thirteen years ago today (12/11/2000)  Andrea Farney and I were in Washington D.C. for a work related meeting when we both worked at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (... read more »

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Inability to drive your own car may not disqualify you from unemployment compensation

Posted October 2013 in Unemployment Compensation by Andrea C. Farney

An employer can require a worker to have their own transportation for a job, but the worker will not be denied unemployment compensation if she made reasonable efforts to maintain the car and could no... read more »

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg performs marriage ceremony for same-sex couple.

Posted September 2013 in Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender by Sharon Lopez

Justice Ginsburg officiated at the marriage ceremony of Michael M. Kaiser and his partner John Roberts in September 2013.  While Justice Ginsburg was a part of Windsor, the historic decision requ... read more »

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Backdating a UC Claim two weeks because of ill family members upheld.

Posted August 2013 in Unemployment Compensation by Sharon Lopez

A claim for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits can be backdated up to six weeks but the Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) places two different burdens of proof for the first two weeks of ... read more »

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Schools not constitutionally required to stop bullying

Posted August 2013 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

At the end of the 2013 school year the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision closing the door on using the U.S. Constitution to protect children from school bullying.  In Morrow v. Bal... read more »

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Triquetra Law promotes diversity in the legal profession through CAMP1L.

Posted June 2013 in Bar Association Activities by Sharon Lopez

Triquetra Law is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession.  We work to achieve that goal on many levels including our annual commitment to host a first year law student who partic... read more »

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New EEOC Information for Employees with Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities

Posted May 2013 in Disability by Andrea C. Farney

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) helps protect the rights of workers with qualifying disabilities. First passed in 1990, the ADA prohibits certain employers from depriving a person with a dis... read more »

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School Free Speech Case Subject of Mock Oral Argument.

Posted April 2013 in Bar Association Activities by Sharon Lopez

This month Sharon López role played the appellee’s attorney in a mock appellate oral argument presented at the 2013 Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Retreat.  Th... read more »

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Healthcare reform that helps all workers

Posted March 2013 in Health Care by Sharon Lopez

Healthcare reform, more commonly known as Obama Care, is important to everyone, but it is essential for workers who lost their jobs.  This year the Healthcare Reform Act will allow lower income p... read more »

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Racial profiling is unconstitutional and ineffective police work.

Posted March 2013 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

When a police officer targets an individual because of the color of their skin, i.e. “racial profiling,” that officer violates the individual’s Fourteenth Amendment right.  Such... read more »

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First Amendment protects citizen's right to videotape police officers.

Posted January 2013 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

Remember how crucial the Rodney King videotape was in the prosecution of the LA police officers who beat up Mr. King?  But for the private citizen’s catching the officer’s actions on ... read more »

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted October 2012 in Disability by Andrea C. Farney

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), held each October, is a national campaign sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor.  The pur... read more »

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Employers cannot negotiate with employees to give up their Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Posted October 2012 in Unemployment Compensation by Sharon Lopez

In April 2012 the Commonwealth Court upheld and opinion of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in the case of Big Mt. Imaging v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review, No. 2138 C.D. 2011, 48 A.3d... read more »

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Homeless people have a right to privacy in their possessions

Posted September 2012 in Civil Rights by Sharon Lopez

In September 2012 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction that prohibited the City of Los Angeles from seizing the property of homeless people who had temporarily left the items unatte... read more »

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Take Note: What you say when you call off of work does matter if you want Family Medical Leave Act Protection

Posted August 2012 in Family Medical Leave by Andrea C. Farney

Give your employer sufficient detail concerning a serious health condition and the need for you to care for your family member.  That’s the takeaway from Lichtenstein v. University of Pitts... read more »

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You might have a federal case when a public employee discloses private things about you

Posted June 2012 in Civil Rights by Andrea C. Farney

The U.S. Supreme Court has found certain constitutional “zones of privacy” that are rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment.  The first privacy interest is the “individual interest i... read more »

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Individual supervisors in public agencies may be sued for violating the Family Medical Leave Act

Posted May 2012 in Family Medical Leave by Sharon Lopez

Supervisors, whether they work for a public employer or a private employer, may be individually liable under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Haybarger v. Lawrence County Adult Prob. & P... read more »

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Employers cannot discriminate on the bases of gender identity

Posted April 2012 in Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender by Sharon Lopez

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a landmark ruling on April 23, 2012 that found legal protections for transgendered workers under Title VII of the Civil Rights A... read more »

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You may have a duty to preserve original documents in discrimination cases

Posted March 2012 in Litigation by Sharon Lopez

In January 2012 The Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion reversing a district court because it abused its discretion in dismissing a case where the plaintiff failed to produce original doc... read more »

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Ministerial Exception protects Religious Employers from Discrimination Liability

Posted February 2012 in Religious Freedom by Sharon Lopez

Last month the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion making it clear that religious employers may assert a ministerial exception as an affirmative defense in discrimination cases.  The Fi... read more »

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Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law Changes

Posted January 2012 in Unemployment Compensation by Sharon Lopez

Recent changes to Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Law make it harder for the unemployed to financially qualify for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits.  Previously, an unemploy... read more »

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