The First Amendment does protect your right to be an ass on social media

By Alexis Martinez Anecdotes about people losing their jobs because of social media use continue to increase.[1] A common scenario is when an employee is fired for expressing a viewpoint that her employer finds controversial or offensive.[2] When an offensive or controversial social media post goes viral, the immediate reaction for some viewers is to […]

Warning Labels: Balancing Cities and State’s Power to Regulate Health Policy and the First Amendment

  By: G. Iñaki Liñero Guarda Obesity is a major problem affecting millions of people in the United States of America.[1]  Several national and international organizations have correlated obesity with diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.[2]  To fight obesity, different states and countries have implemented various policies.  For example in the United States, several states […]

Key Victory in the Fight for Transgender Health Rights: Private Run Medicare Plan Must Cover Gender Confirmation Surgery

  By: Luz Beato    Transgender advocates secured another important win in the fight for equal access to healthcare when, for the first time, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) panel held that a private insurer providing coverage through Medicare must cover gender confirmation surgery.[1] Gender confirmation surgery refers to genital reconstruction or […]

Blog Post 47: Indefinite Immigration Detention: Giving Some Process that is Due in Rodriguez v. Robbins and Lora v. Shanahan

By Sarah Vogt In the shadows of the recent announcement that roughly 6,000 federal prisoners were to be released between Friday, October 30, and Tuesday, November 3,[1] the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Rodriguez v. Robbins[2] two days prior. Rodriquez, on appeal before the court for the third time, […]

Blog Post 43: Gender-bias and the Challenges of Effectively Defining, Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault

Gender-bias and the Challenges of Effectively Defining, Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault By Alessandra Carozza The patriarchal nature of the American justice system has prevented the development of effective mechanisms for defining, investigating, and prosecuting sexual assault crimes. The inherent gender-bias affects the legal definitions and constructs of rape, how rape cases are investigated, and […]

Blog Post 42: How Do Our Current Policies Actually Help Transgender Student Athletes?

How Do Our Current Policies Actually Help Transgender Student Athletes? By Kara Simmons Luckily, the world we currently live in is becoming more aware and accepting of transgender issues. But what do the newest policies geared toward protecting the transgender community mean for transgender student athletes? In April 2014, the Federal Office of Civil Rights […]

Blog Post 41: Uber Finally Following ADA Requirements

By Christine Sara Varghese Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prohibits private transportation companies from denying disabled individuals of transportation services.[1] Over the past few months the popular ride-sharing company, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), has been hit with a series of lawsuits accusing the company of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. […]

Blog Post #38: Heritage or Hate: Does the First Amendment Protect Confederate License Plates?

By Robert Jameson In March 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.[1] The case focused on whether Texas violated the Sons of Confederate Veteran’s (SCV) First Amendment free speech rights in rejecting a specialty license plate displaying the Confederate flag.[2]  Texas, among many other […]

Blog Post #36: When Wellness Programs Violate GINA and the ACA

By Janei Au The Affordable Care Act created an exception for workplace wellness programs under the HIPAA non-discrimination provisions.[1] This allows employers to offer benefits or incentives to only those employees who either participate in wellness programs or meet health objectives.[2]However, some employers have taken this further, actually penalizing those who do not wish to participate […]