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Inconsistent Reasons for Termination Allow Pregnant Employee’s Discrimination Case to Proceed to Jury

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a home care agency, holding that a jury should be allowed to determine whether the agency’s reasons for firing an...more

6/27/2013 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Just Cause Pregnancy Discrimination Termination Title VII

Does Partial Deafness Constitute a Disability Under the ADAAA? The Question Remains Unanswered

A federal court in Pennsylvania recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by a female newspaper page designer who claimed that she was laid off because of her gender and her deafness in one ear. Mengel v. Reading Eagle Company, No....more

4/29/2013 - ADA ADAAA Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination Termination

Employer’s Judgment About What Constitutes an Essential Job Function Carries Substantial Weight

Is being licensed to drive a commercial vehicle an “essential function” of a warehouse manager’s position, even though that manager rarely is required to drive? According to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, that answer...more

4/23/2013 - ADA Essential Functions Hiring & Firing Termination

Facebook Postings Showing Misuse of FMLA Leave Can Form Sufficient Legal Basis of Termination

Based on the number of social media decisions from the National Labor Relations Board over the past two years, most employers understand that when employee Facebook postings constitute “protected activity” under the National...more

3/26/2013 - Facebook FMLA Hiring & Firing Medical Leave NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Social Media Termination

Vegan Employee May Proceed with Religious Discrimination Claim

A federal district court in Ohio has refused to dismiss a complaint for religious discrimination made by a hospital employee after the employee was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for the flu. The basis of the refusal to...more

1/17/2013 - Chenzira Discrimination EEOC Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Hiring & Firing Motion to Dismiss Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Termination Title VII Vaccinations Veganism

Assignment to a Lesser Position Upon Return From Leave May Support FMLA Interference Claim

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in favor of an employer, holding that a plaintiff’s testimony and evidence related to her transfer to a position of less responsibility upon return from leave...more

1/3/2013 - Burden of Proof Evidence FMLA Genuine Issue of Material Fact Hiring & Firing Medical Leave Retaliation Summary Judgment Termination

Layoff Upon Return From Military Leave May Qualify as a “Reemployment Position” Under the USERRA

According to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) requirement that a returning service member be reemployed in the position that he or she would have...more

12/18/2012 - Military Leave Military Service Members Reemployment Termination USERRA

Temporal Proximity Between FMLA Leave and Firing Does Not Always Lead to Successful Legal Claim

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continues to create administrative challenges for employers. One particular issue of concern is the discipline and/or termination of an employee who has requested or is on FMLA leave....more

12/11/2012 - FMLA Hiring & Firing Performance Reviews Retaliation ScriptPro Termination

Termination for Facebook Posting Does Not Violate State Invasion of Privacy Law

Recent court decisions related to employees’ online postings have centered on whether disciplinary decisions regarding those postings may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA protects certain employee...more

11/27/2012 - Facebook Hiring & Firing Invasion of Privacy NLRA Protected Concerted Activity Termination

Employee’s Signs of Severe Emotional Distress and Anxiety May Constitute a “Report” of the Need for FMLA Leave

To state a claim of interference under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee must show that his or her employer denied benefits to which the employee was entitled under the FMLA. For example, an employee might...more

11/20/2012 - Appeals FMLA Hiring & Firing Interference Claims Mental Health Summary Judgment Termination

NLRB Is Finding Ways To Implement Its Employee Rights Notice Posting, In Spite Of Legal Challenges

On September 28, 2012, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed the decision of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who upheld a car dealership’s firing of a salesperson that was based on a...more

10/1/2012 - Facebook Hiring & Firing NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Section 7 Social Media Termination

An Indefinite Exemption From The Essential Functions Of A Job Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

An issue that confounds employers on a regular basis is whether the discharge of an employee who is unable to return to work after a medical leave will violate the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Most employers...more

8/27/2012 - ADA Disability Discrimination Essential Functions Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Termination

Employer’s Mistaken Allowance Of FMLA Leave Can Create Liability For Retaliation

In order to be granted a leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee first must fulfill certain eligibility requirements, including having worked for the employer for at least 12 months, and...more

7/16/2012 - Eligibility FMLA Mistake Retaliation Termination

Visit to doctor for prescription refill is not “treatment” for purposes of FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides unpaid leave time to eligible employees under specific circumstances, including the serious health condition of the employee. It is a violation of the FMLA for an employer to...more

7/9/2012 - DOL Eligibility FMLA Termination

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