Legal

On the Basis of Personal Appearance

As you know, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) is one of the principal federal statutes prohibiting employment discrimination. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, and sex (including gender and pregnancy). Other federal statutes that prohibit employment discrimination include Title I and Title V ...
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Life, Liberty, and a Gluten-Free Meal

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurant sued under the ADA for not allowing child to consume his home-prepared gluten-free meal. The Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. A brick Colonial house with a courtyard, and former home of Thomas Jefferson. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in ...
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Use of Surcharges and Best Tips to Avoid False Advertising and Other Consumer Claims

Due to a myriad of legislative and court decisions, some restaurants particularly in California have elected to add a surcharge to their receipts to defray increased costs incurred over the last several years.  The increased costs of operating a restaurant can be attributed to minimum wage increases, healthcare, paid sick leave, restrictive scheduling, cost of food and ...
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A Discussion of the Reptile Trial Strategy Through The Lens of the Erin Andrews v. Marriott International Lawsuit

I. WHAT IS THE REPTILE THEORY/STRATEGY? Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution, authored by Don Keenan and David Ball, was published in 2009. This book is offered exclusively to plaintiff’s lawyers and provides a strategy for plaintiff’s attorneys in most stages of litigation. The Reptile theory is derived from a model of the ...
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Hospitality Case Review: The Top 100+ Hospitality Cases That Impacted Us in 2018

Written by Karen Morris, J.D., LL.M. and Diana S. Barber, J.D., CHE, CWP ADA/Standing1. Brito v. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, 2018 WL 317464 (D. Colo., 01/08/2018). Plaintiff is a paraplegic and requires the use of a wheelchair to ambulate. While at defendant hotel he encountered multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ...
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If The Shoe Fits: How Footwear Policy May Lead To Wage And Hour Violations

Hotel and restaurant employers commonly require employees to wear uniforms, some as simple as a shirt with company logo, others requiring a more complete look: jacket or blouse and pants or skirt, or dress. Some employers, however, fail to consider the consequences of imposing the cost of the uniform on an employee. Under the federal ...
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A Discussion of Recent ADA and FMLA Cases and Their Practical Implications

Agency Updates: In 2018, the Department of Labor released two significant opinion letters demonstrating its interpretation of the Family and Medical Leave Act. In FMLA2018-2- A, the DOL determined that an organ donor is entitled to FMLA leave when the donation involves either inpatient care or continuing treatment. In FMLA2018-1-A, the DOL clarified how employers ...
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Best Practices in Trade Practices

Introduction After the Prohibition was repealed by the 21st Amendment, a complex web of alcohol beverage laws created a “three-tier system” in which independence must exist between alcohol beverage manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. The ways in which these three tiers can interact is strictly controlled by federal and state laws. Armed with an increased budget ...
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No One Likes Surprises – Corporate Counsel Lessons Learned by Clients

I. Introduction I often think of the words first heard spoken by the Fram Oil mechanic in the television commercial many years ago – “you can pay me now or you can pay me later.” The wisdom of this statement has been proven time and time again. Its application in the legal services context is ...
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