Officer Transparency in Police Misconduct Cases

Timothy P. O’Brien was recently invited by WTAE to discuss police transparency in officer-involved shootings.  Our office takes the position that, as a general rule, and as citizens, we are entitled to know what our public servants are doing.  Of course, there are exceptions to that general rule, but absolute deference should not be given to our

Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Employment discrimination encompasses discrimination based on a person’s disability and making reasonable accommodations for that person’s disability. I.  Reasonable Accommodations The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prohibits employers from discriminating against disabled employees.  42 USC § 12112,  Taylor v. Phoenixville Sch. Dist., 184 F.3d 296, 306 (3d Cir. Pa. 1999.).  A primary goal of the

The Housing Fight for Rights for Transgender Women in Prisons and Jails

Last Sunday the Pittsburgh Tribune Review published an extensive profile of our client, Jules Williams. Ms. Williams is a transgender woman who has courageously stepped forward to file a groundbreaking civil rights lawsuit against the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) challenging its practice of housing transgender women with men. As the story suggests, like many transgender

Race Discrimination in Employment

Issue: Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because of race.  This article discusses a specific federal statute prohibiting race discrimination in employment, as well as a recently filed case in federal court asserting claims of employment discrimination against three African American employees because of race. Employment discrimination is often attributed to being enforced through