June 16, 2020 Rapid Response

Under Review, Under Scrutiny, Under the Radar: The Federal Civil Rights Law Implications of the Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Comcast and Babb

In an era where most citizens are recognizing the value of utilizing civil rights laws to combat discrimination, long established civil rights protections are currently being challenged. The Supreme Court recently examined the method in which individuals are permitted to bring discrimination claims under both Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Are civil rights protections quietly being rolled back? How do the recent Supreme Court decisions in Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media and Babb v. Wilkie impact a plaintiff’s ability to bring and prevail in a discrimination case? What has changed? During this webinar, the panelists broke down complex legal standards (including “but-for” causation, “motivating factor,” and more) and interpreted what is now required to bring certain civil rights discrimination claims. 

Panelists

  • Michael L. Foreman, Clinical Law Professor, Penn State Law; Director, Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, Penn State Law
  • Sandra Sperino, J.D., Ph.D., Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Moderator

  • Angela J. Scott, J.D., LL.M., Federal Civil Rights Law Attorney; Chair-Elect, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Resources

Presentations: Under Review, Under Scrutiny, Under the Radar: The Federal Civil Rights Law Implications of the Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Comcast and Babb

Transcript: Under Review, Under Scrutiny, Under the Radar: The Federal Civil Rights Law Implications of the Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Comcast and Babb

Comcast v. National Association of African American-Owned Media  - Transcript

Babb v. Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Opinion

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia - Opinion

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