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Author: Camille Respess

Implicit Bias and Cognitive Reactions to Poverty

Nov 12, 2018
In Missouri, 14 percent of people in the state are at or below the poverty line. In addition to the difficulties that go along with being impoverished, those who fall...

Protecting Immigrants and Their Families

Oct 1, 2018
In September 2017, Alex Garcia, a 36-year-old Honduran immigrant, entered sanctuary from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He’s lived in the U.S. for 13 years and fled Honduras because...

Workplace Behavior and Your Rights

Jun 10, 2018
St. Louis County police Chief John Belmar announced that the St. Louis county police department was suspending a training company they were using to train their officers. Belmar announced this...

Uber and Sexual Harassment

May 15, 2018
Popular ride-hailing company, Uber, has faced allegations of improperly handling cases of sexual harassment in the company’s brief history. Just last June, former CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down amid sexual...

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct on U.S. Campuses

Apr 16, 2018
Title IX has gone through many changes this year, including rescinding past guidance on how schools should handle sexual assault cases.   The Department of Education announced this decision on...

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Apr 9, 2018
Around the country, the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative, are taking hold. Both strive to combat sexual violence and gender inequality. With that, more victims of sexual harassment...

DOE Rescinds Guidance Letters

Mar 4, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education has rescinded policies for students with disabilities. On October 20, 2017, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued a statement regarding the...

Sexual Assault Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

Jan 10, 2018
A yearlong study by National Public Radio, with data provided by the Justice Department has determined that people with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a staggering rate. They are...

Low Income Housing Credit Program Comes to An End

Dec 20, 2017
In a 8-2 vote on December 19, 2017, the Missouri Housing Development Committee voted to end Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in the state in 2018.  The tax credit...

Former Attorney Wins Local Special Election

Aug 15, 2017
In April 2017, democrat Lyda Krewson won the St. Louis mayoral race, leaving the alderwoman position she held for 20 years. Shortly after that, former Kennedy Hunt, P.C. attorney Heather...

Reproductive Rights in Missouri

Jul 4, 2017
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 ordinance, which...

Minimum Wage Increase in St. Louis City

Jun 16, 2017
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...

Transgender Student Rights

May 28, 2016
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...

Placing a focus on our Mental Health

Jan 15, 2016
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...

Putting a Price on Emotional Distress

May 15, 2014
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...

DOJ Announces Important Olmstead Sheltered Workshop Settlement with Rhode Island

Apr 29, 2014
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...

Woman Suffering from MS Is Awarded Social Security Disability Benefits

Nov 20, 2013
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...

Federal Government Shutdown Halts Firm’s Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

Oct 16, 2013
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...

TEK Law Represents Nonprofit in Suit Against Hecker, IL to Build Group Homes

Oct 15, 2013
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...

Novel Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Sheltered Workshop (Part II)

Oct 12, 2013
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...

Novel Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Sheltered Workshop (Part I)

Sep 26, 2013
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...

Survey shows abuse of individuals with disabilities widespread

Sep 16, 2013
A new survey by the Disability and Abuse Project reveals the harrowing prevalence of abuse of persons with disabilities, and the lack of effective responses. 40% of survey participants with...

TEK Law represents employee harassed by Bob Delaney, former St. Clair County Clerk

Jun 19, 2013
Our office represents a young woman who experienced sex discrimination, race discrimination, and wrongful termination at the hands of former St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney.

Another Victory for Parents in Edwardsville

Apr 12, 2013
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...

Protecting disabled adults at work and school

Dec 19, 2012
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...

Village of Alorton pays East St. Louis woman $110,000 for overnight stay in inaccessible jail

Oct 8, 2012
The Village of Alorton has settled with a partially paralyzed woman after holding her overnight, confining her to an inaccessible jail cell, and forcing her to move up and down...

Lawsuit seeks to prevent needless institutionalization of dialysis patients

Jun 18, 2012
Hands holding each other over a table New technology, such as ipads and other tablets, are helping individuals of all ages live more independently and reach their academic and vocational...

Missouri considering new rules for hearing special education due process hearings

May 1, 2012
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 Contact Us!

Edwardsville District 7 to cut expenses by moving students out of private placements

Apr 5, 2012
The Belleville-News Democrat reported recently that District 7 has decided that “students with autism and emotional disabilities will return to District 7 classrooms next year.”

Paralyzed Woman Sues Village of Alorton and Former Police Chief Michael Baxton

Dec 5, 2011
The Kennedy Hunt, P.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...