Author: Michael Van Aken

On the Basis of Sex?

On Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, The Supreme court of the United States heard oral arguments from two cases involving sexual orientation and discrimination in the workplace. The two cases heard by the court were Bostock v. Clayton County, GA and Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda. Both cases (which are being combined for oral arguments) are attempting to answer the question: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects against employment discrimination based on an individual’s sex,...

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New Housing Bill gives more protections for renters.

Housing in California is about to go through a big overhaul. AB-1482, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, is one of several housing-related measures being considered by the California state legislature, recently passed through the California Senate with an approved vote of 25-10. The bill, currently awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approval, is aimed to introduce statewide rent control that would cap annual rent increases at five percent plus the percentage change in the cost of living. This comes...

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