U of Miami sued for discrimination

New York, NY: The University of Miami conducts background checks that discriminate against African Americans and Latinos, a class action lawsuit filed in Miami federal court today alleges. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Loudy Appolon of Miami, Florida, accuses the University of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by rejecting or firing qualified individuals because of their credit background, even though credit history does not predict employment performance. In fact, there is no correlation between credit history and job performance or trustworthiness, and credit reports are often rife with inaccuracies. According to the Complaint, "Defendants' hiring policy duplicates the racial discrimination present in the credit reporting system . . . This discriminatory denial of employment affects not only the individuals who are rejected or terminated, but also their families and … [Read more...]

Eminent domain subject of conference

ORLANDO, FL Attorney Brendan Lynch with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., spoke about recent case law in the eminent domain arena at the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals (AEDP) conference, which took place in Orlando, FL. The AEDP conferences provide the opportunity for education surrounding the field of eminent domain, communication and networking. Meetings are held on a rotating basis in different cities throughout Florida. At the firm, Mr. Lynch represents private landowners in issues of eminent domain and condemnation, as well as ad valorem tax appeals (property taxes). He is also a member of the firm's eDiscovery practice, and has assisted clients in preparing document retention and destruction policies in advance of litigation. Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is the largest law firm in Central Florida … [Read more...]

Miami-based Vitas sued over lack of End-of-Life options

Courtesy of Mercury News The family of a young Los Gatos woman featured in a Mercury News story about the painful death she endured after suffering from cancer has sued the nation's largest for-profit hospice service, charging that it deprived the woman of a "peaceful death." The lawsuit was filed in Alameda County, where Vitas Hospice Care has offices, and alleges that the hospice's failure to inform her that she could receive "palliative sedation" to relieve her suffering was "reckless" and "inexcusable." Michelle Hargett Beebee was 43 when she died late last year after being diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer. The mother of three children, Beebee entered Vitas hospice service three weeks before her death. In December 2009, she was the subject of the final installment of the Mercury News' award-winning "Life In a Year" series. "She was in unrelieved pain until she … [Read more...]

UCF Hit with Wrongful Term Suit over Book

ORLANDO -- In a federal lawsuit, an ex-professor claims University of Central Florida fired her for her refusal to teach from the textbook, Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care in her classroom. Nancy Rudner Lugos lawsuit claims the best-selling book contains offensive racial, ethnic and other stereotypes about selected cultures. In the suit she claims she was wrongfully terminated upon her complaints to school officials. Lugo was a tenure-track professor at the UCFs College of Nursing. Lugo said in her suit that students also felt the book is offensive. After refusing to use the book in 2008, Lugo said she received poor work evaluations and letters of non-appointment. A UCF statement said the lawsuit is without merit. … [Read more...]

Movers and Shakers in Florida Law


By DONNA BALANCIA Trial lawyer Adrienne L. Conrad, has joined Jackson Lewis LLP in the Jacksonville office as partner. She was previously a partner at McGuireWoods LLP. In addition to defending companies in litigation regarding discrimination and harassment, Conrad represents companies in complex non-competition litigation and class action suits. Robert D. Wilcox has joined Brennan, Manna & Diamond in Jacksonville as a partner. Wilcox will lead the firm's Florida business reorganization and corporate bankruptcy practice group. Jesse D. Bannon and Christine M. Leas have joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Jacksonville as associates. Their practice centers on litigation and defending employers at the state and federal levels. Anne Buzby-Walt has joined Fisher, Tousey, Leas and Ball as a shareholder. Her practice focuses on wills, trusts and estates. Buzby-Walts time … [Read more...]