Birmingham (AL) Non-Discrimination Law Update

On September 26th, the Birmingham (AL) City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on a person’s race, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity or disability.  The ordinance imposes criminal liability only, with offenders being liable for a $100 fine for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.  No damages, restitution or other relief would be owed to the affected individual.

Federal laws already prohibit discrimination based on race, gender, religion, age and disability, though it is currently unresolved whether federal protections apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Employers and providers of public accommodations within the city of Birmingham should be mindful of these new requirements and ensure that no discrimination occurs based on a person’s race, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity or disability.

Attorneys from Carr Allison’s employment team are available to assist with any questions about how this new ordinance applies to your company.

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Jones Attends PLAN Regional Meeting

Carr Allison Shareholder Allan Jones (Birmingham, AL) (center), Chair of the Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN), spends time with former Atlanta Braves teammates Kris Medlen (left) and Tim Hudson (right) at SunTrust Park in Atlanta following PLAN’s regional meeting.

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Kirkpatrick Speaks at Atlanta Claims Association Seminar

Donald “Bo” Kirkpatrick, II (Birmingham, AL) was a featured speaker at the 97th Annual Atlanta Claims Association Educational Seminar in Atlanta, GA.  His presentation, “Disco Dancing, Riding a Four Wheeler or Moving a Refrigerator: The Ethics of Surveillance in the Southeast” explored common themes and unique distinctions among surveillance law […]

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Carr Allison Attorneys Published in USLAW Magazine Spring Issue

USLAW NETWORK, Inc., has published two articles by Carr Allison attorneys in the Spring 2019 issue.  Construction attorney Thomas S. Creel’s article “Six Cutting Edge Technologies to Improve Safety on Construction Sites” takes a close look at new technology being used in the construction industry to enhance safety for workers […]

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