Ah, the rumble of those who feel that the 21st Century is stripping them of their religious freedom has hit the fair lands of my home state now. It should be pointed out that Michigan doesn’t currently have a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), though not from lack of trying. At present
Before becoming LegalReader's Editor-in-Chief, Jay W. Belle Isle worked as a freelance copywriter with clients on four continents. Jay has a degree in Business Administration from Cleary University and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Jay has also worked as a contracts administrator for a DOD contractor specializing in vehicle armor.
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Privately owned finance company Tower Loan believes itself above the law. The company has over 180 branches in five states, over 700 employees and 200,000+ customers. One of its branches is in Louisiana where it recently fired Tristan Broussard for being transgender. Tower insisted during a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation that federal
Chicago will pay victims of police brutality $5.25M in settlements. This city council decision came down on Wednesday as the chief attorney for the nation’s third largest city stated that the move would save the city money in future litigation. If last year’s numbers carry over to this year, it’s the best decision the council
U.S. District Judge Landya McCafferty ordered that VA must pay $21.5M to stroke victim in record-breaking medical malpractice case. It is the largest individual personal-injury judgment in New Hampshire history. The judge ruled that the VA failed to properly diagnose and treat a stroke victim. New Hampshire’s former highest personal-injury award was $21.06M in a
New York Supreme Court Judge allows service of divorce papers via Facebook, according to a recent ruling by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper. You can do more than “Friend” and “Defriend” on Facebook. You can now serve divorce papers, too. The March 27 decision states that while in-person service is always the best method,
4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego: Teaching Yoga in Public Schools is NOT Burden on Religious FreedomApril 14, 2015
The 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego recently upheld a lower court decision dismissing a suit that attempted to prevent Encinitas Union School District from teaching yoga as an alternative to gym classes. In a 3-0 opinion, the panel wrote, “While the practice of yoga may be religious in some contexts, yoga classes
In a groundbreaking move, the Madison, WI city counsel voted that atheists and agnostics are now protected under the city’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance. This change in law forbids landlords and employers from discriminating against people based on lack of belief in God. It also requires that city facilities and public accommodations are welcoming to nonbelievers.
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