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Category: Local News

Press Release for Lawsuit Against City of Murphysboro, IL

Aug 7, 2018
On May 7, 2018, the Kennedy Hunt, P.C. filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against the City of Murphysboro, Illinois and two...

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...

Favorable Ruling in the 7th Circuit

Mar 10, 2018
On March 1, 2018, Judge Joel M. Flaum delivered a favorable opinion on the oral argument delivered by Thomas Kennedy at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on February 8th,...

Coffee & Core Concepts CLE

Feb 18, 2018
On February 15, 2018, Sarah Jane Hunt gave a presentation called “Trying a Housing Discrimination Case” for the Missouri Bar Association. The presentation focused on the Fair Housing Act. The...

Oral Argument in the Seventh Circuit

Feb 12, 2018
On February 8th, 2018, Thomas Kennedy, III argued in front of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Illinois.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of individuals with disabilities...

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...

Sister lawsuit filed by Department of Justice

Jan 7, 2018
On November 28, 2017, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the City of Springfield on behalf of the United States of America, which can be read here. This...

Appeal to Seventh Circuit and Amicus Briefs

Dec 20, 2017
On August 2, 2017, the Kennedy Hunt, P.C., III obtained a preliminary injunction from the District Court in the Central District of Illinois prohibiting the eviction of our clients during...

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...

ADA/ADAAA Subcommittee

Oct 20, 2017
In September 2016, Thomas E. Kennedy, III was nominated to join the subcommittee charged with drafting updates to the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions in ADA/ADAAA cases. The Americans With...

Class Action Against Allstate

Oct 5, 2017
This is a consumer class action alleging consumer fraud and unjust enrichment on behalf of a class of Allstate car insurance customers.   The lawsuit alleges that Allstate employs secret...

For The Common Good Awards

Sep 1, 2017
On August 24, 2017, Thomas Kennedy received the Melton M. Lewis Equal Justice Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri at its annual For The Common Good award ceremony.  This...

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...