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Lisa T. McElroy is a law professor at the Drexel University School of Law. She regularly comments on legal issues on CBS Radio and several NPR affiliates, as well as in newspapers, journals, and blogs like the New York Times, the National Law Journal and the Huffington Post.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, holding that it unconstitutionally discriminates against low-income and minority voters, who are less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to obtain them. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman’s decision comes less than a week after a state judge declared a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show government- or college-issued photo IDs for their ballots to count to be “void and unenforceable.” (Days later, the Arkansas …

At Last, Age Bias Case From 2001 Moves Forward

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodaySuppose you believe that your employer has discriminated against you because of your age. After thinking it over, perhaps you decide to sue. You file your claim. And then you wait. And wait. And wait. People who seek redress through the justice system in this country often come up against a difficult reality: The courts are overloaded. Claims move slowly. Cases drag on for years. Such is the case for a lawsuit brought by AARP Foundation Litigation against Allstate Insurance …

Apartment Smokers: Would You Rather Switch Than Fight?

Posted on 04/25/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Home & FamilyImagine that you’ve been living for a decade in an apartment building for seniors. You’ve settled in, made friends and think of it as home. Now imagine that the building suddenly adopts a no-smoking rule and says that if you can’t or won’t comply with it, you’ll have to find someplace else to live. Like it or lump it. As the Cincinnati Enquirer tells the story, that’s what happened to Beulah Toombs, a resident of  the AHEPA 127 Apartments in …

Does This Town’s Housing Program Discriminate?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany communities have affordable housing programs designed especially for older people on fixed incomes. The idea is to allow them to maintain a good quality of life in a safe, welcoming environment. But what if you have to be a resident of the community to qualify for affordable housing — and the community happens to be 85 percent white? Does that amount to discrimination based on race? >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Yes, the U.S. Justice Department argues …

A Big Problem With Fill-in-the-Blank Wills

Posted on 04/11/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt’s tempting, I know. You’re trying to save money. You don’t have lots of property to leave to others. Your estate isn’t complicated. So you go to an office supply store, bookstore or online legal site, grab a standard will form and fill it in yourself. That’s what Ann Aldrich of Keystone Heights, Fla., did back in 2004. She left her property to her sister, Mary Jane Eaton, and added in a clause stating that if Eaton died before she …

Should Older Workers Have to Pay More for Their Pensions?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkYou’ve undoubtedly heard the advice again and again: If you are close to retirement age, you should max out your contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans. But requiring older employees to contribute more than younger ones to a pension fund is another matter entirely, a federal appeals court in Baltimore held last week. “Certain older Baltimore County employees were forced to pay more for their pensions than younger co-workers,” David Lopez, the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said …