The Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III recently filed suit in Jefferson County, Missouri on behalf of its client, a former office manager at Meramec Family Dental. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Missouri Minimum Wage Law and claims the plaintiff was wrongfully terminated in violation of public policy. The petition is available here.
Camille Respess | June 30, 2017
On February 10, St. Louis passed an addition protecting reproductive health decisions to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance with a 17-10 vote.
The Law Office of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, LC recently settled a matter involving a complaint that raised a number of issues under the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Our client RAVE is an organization that provides housing and habilitation services as well as programs for adults with disabilities to integrate them into the community. Because of the nature of their disabilities, many of the participants in RAVE’s programs have no other residential options that provide them with daily living assistance and management of their needs. Without the community group homes operated by RAVE, many of the participants would be forced into institutions.
Camille Respess | June 16, 2017
After two years on hold, City of St. Louis Ordinance No. 70078, raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour took effect on May 5, 2017.
This Ordinance makes St. Louis City’s minimum wage higher than the rest of Missouri’s, set at $7.70 an hour, and Illinois’, at $8.25 an hour.
The Ordinance, also known as Board Bill No. 83, was argued in the Ways and Means committee in the summer of 2015.
Increased income inequality, high poverty rate in St. Louis, and the inability of many St. Louis City workers to participate in the region’s opportunities because of their income were among the many reasons the sponsors of the Ordinance believed the minimum wage should be increased.
Camille Respess | May 28, 2016
The inequalities members of the LGBTQ+ community face are immense. Correcting these problems is complex in our country, and has become even more so in our nation’s schools: both public and private.
In recent months, the rights of transgender individuals has been put at the forefront of national attention — especially involving which bathrooms these individuals are permitted to enter: the one that matches their biological sex or the sex in which they identify with. This question was posed to the North Carolina government — and they answered.
Camille Respess | January 15, 2016
Our mental health is something that is crucial to our wellbeing, but it is often overlooked and not discussed in our society. For students in elementary, middle, and especially high school, learning about and discussing mental health in a safe, comfortable environment can be essential to lessening the stigma surrounding mental health. According to the data gathered by student journalists at Clayton High School, mental health may not be getting the attention it needs.
For most of us, our job is not just a way of earning a living. It also plays an important role in defining our identity. Often, the success that we achieve in our career is directly tied to our sense of dignity and self-worth. Loss of employment can cause trauma that approaches what we experience in divorce or other highly disruptive personal events.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a landmark settlement agreement with Rhode Island to resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act relating to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
This is the first statewide settlement to address the rights of people with I/DD to receive integrated state-funded employment and daytime services in the broader community, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.
The firm recently represented a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis in winning her appeal for Social Security disability benefits. This is wonderful news for our client who, in addition to receiving disability benefits going forward, will also get a payment for nearly four years of back benefits.
The federal government shutdown has real consequences for real people, including our firm’s clients. For example, a federal-court employment discrimination lawsuit that the firm is litigating with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been halted, at the EEOC’s request, until the shutdown is over.
Our office represents nonprofit organization Human Support Services and two individual plaintiffs in their federal suit against the Village of Hecker over the Village Board’s denial of a special use permit required to allow the construction of two homes, which would each house four developmentally disabled residents in the Freedom Village subdivision.
This post discusses the second novel claim in the lawsuit we brought for a young woman in a sheltered workshop who was raped by another workshop client. This claim alleged that the workshop was a federally-funded “education program or activity” that violated Title IX by failing to prevent this sexual assault.
We recently settled a case for a young woman at a sheltered workshop who was raped by another workshop client. Our federal civil rights complaint raised two legal theories that are unique in this type of litigation and may be of interest to others. The lawsuit alleged, among other claims, a violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688.
Find a copy of the complaint here.
Family Health Insurance[/caption] Following a four-day due process hearing, an Impartial Hearing Officer ruled that Edwardsville School District had violated the IDEA by removing a student with autism from a private placement and returning him to the district without a transition plan.
The hearing officer ordered a return of the student to the private therapeutic day school for not less than 18 months.
See news footage about a federal lawsuit filed by TEK on behalf of a woman with developmental disabilities who was raped at a developmental training program after her parents reported concerns about her attacker to the program’s administrator.
The Missouri House is considering a bill (SB 595) introduced in the Senate that would change the qualifications for hearing officers in special education due process hearings. http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=9266
The Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C. filed ADA, Section 504, and Constitutional claims against the City of Alorton and former Police Chief Michael Baxton, Sr. on January 12 2012. The plaintiff is a woman paralyzed almost entirely from the waist down as a result of spinal cord disorder, who alleges she was falsely arrested and then forced to move up and down stairs without assistance, including the use of her arm and leg braces.