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Discrimination

- A teacher who was fired from a religious school after she became pregnant out of wedlock may pursue her sex discrimination claim. The court ruled that a jury could reasonably find that the school actually fired the teacher because she was pregnant, rather than because she conceived out of wedlock.

Protected Speech

- A California court has ruled that a bank may not sue a former employee for defamation after the employee posted negative information about the bank on an Internet forum. The court ruled that the postings were “speech in furtherance of the public interest,” because they concerned the business practices of the financial services sector.

Data Theft

- An employee granted unrestricted access to his employer’s computer network cannot be found guilty under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) if he later steals information from his employer, another district court has ruled. The decision agrees with the Ninth Circuit but conflicts with the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh circuits.

Security Metrics

- See an example of how a security department can come up with reliable and consistent metrics for security. The first step was to develop categories into which incidents could be recorded.

HIPAA

- An appeals court has ruled that an employee does not need to be aware of healthcare privacy laws to be guilty of violating them. The court determined that plaintiffs only needed to know that they obtained the identifiable health information of other people to be guilty of violating HIPAA.  

Weapons

- An employee of the University of Kentucky was wrongfully fired for keeping a firearm in his car on school property, according to the state’s high court. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law prohibited the university from firing the employee.

Disaster Preparedness

- A European project aims to model the best responses to disasters. Part of the project is a tool to help first responders and private industry make the best choices in a crisis.

Terrorism Reporting

- A survey reveals that a large percentage of the public does not understand what constitutes suspicious activity in the context of terrorism. Read more about this and other problems with suspicious activity reporting.

Social Media

- A bill (S.B. 1349) currently pending in the California Senate would prohibit employers and educational institutions from requiring or requesting that employees or students give to those authorities the passwords to their social media sites or provide access to their accounts.

Economic Espionage

- A recent court ruling found that a former Goldman Sachs employee who stole code for a proprietary internal trading system did not violate the Economic Espionage Act because the code was for an internal system.

Data Security

- A new study finds that older computer users tend to choose stronger passwords than younger users.

Infrastructure Protection

- Industries such as energy and utilities, which make up America’s critical infrastructure, may be weaker than other industries when it comes to managing risk and guarding against cyberattacks, according to this report.

Medical Marijuana

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the ADA does not protect individuals against discrimination for the use of medical marijuana. Even though medical marijuana is legal in California, it is not granted legal status under federal law and is, therefore, not covered under the ADA.
 




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