Robin E. Shea

Robin E. Shea

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

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Six Things About The ADA That Even An Employer Can Love.

When President George H.W. Bush signed you into law in 1990, I had been practicing employment law for less than two years, so I feel like you and I grew up together....more

7/31/2015 - ADA Disabilities Disability Discrimination Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Undue Hardship Young Lawyers

This Week In Employment Law, With A Lick And A Promise

It’s been a hectic week for me (I have a trial coming up), and so here are some links to employment law blog posts and workplace news items that I hope will entertain and edify....more

7/13/2015 - ADA Facebook FMLA Free Speech Human Resources Professionals Obergefell v. Hodges Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Retaliation Same-Sex Marriage

EEOC’s Revised Pregnancy Guidance: Now, Just Barely More Flexible!

Last Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its amended guidance on pregnancy discrimination and accommodation in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v. UPS, issued in March 2015. The...more

7/3/2015 - Corporate Counsel EEOC Employee Rights Employment Policies Guidance Update PDA Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation SCOTUS Young v United Parcel Service

EEOC V. Abercrombie’s Lesson For Employers – In 5 Minutes Or Your Money Back

In a nutshell, the Supreme Court decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie means this: if an employment decision is motivated by religion – even if the employer does not actually know the religious need of the individual – then the...more

6/9/2015 - Abercrombie & Fitch EEOC EEOC v Abercrombie Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination SCOTUS Title VII

Is Telecommuting A Reasonable Accommodation, Or Is It Not?

In the context of a lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a recent court decision says that “regular attendance” is an essential function of the job. But what is “regular attendance”?...more

4/17/2015 - ADA Attendance Corporate Counsel EEOC Enforcement Actions Essential Functions Ford Motor Reasonable Accommodation Telecommuting

Pregnancy Accommodation FAQs For Employers

What do employers need to know about the Supreme Court’s pregnancy accommodation decision last week in Young v. United Parcel Service?...more

4/3/2015 - ADA Disparate Treatment EEOC Employer Liability Issues PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation SCOTUS Young v United Parcel Service

Pregnancy: Employers’ newest “accommodation obligation”

A divided U.S. Supreme Court decided last week that employers covered by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (part of Title VII) may be required to make reasonable accommodations for work restrictions caused by pregnancy and...more

4/1/2015 - ADA Disparate Treatment EEOC Enforcement Guidance Essential Functions PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation SCOTUS Young v United Parcel Service

“State Of The Union” On Substance Abuse And The Workplace

Where are we these days with respect to mind-altering substances and the workplace? Here’s the latest, with the “substances” discussed in alphabetical order. This blog post is guaranteed accurate™ for at least the next five...more

3/6/2015 - ADA Drug & Alcohol Abuse E-Cigarettes Illegal Drugs Marijuana Medical Marijuana Reasonable Accommodation Tobacco Workplace Safety

Employment Law Advice You Should Never Follow

This is terrible advice on so many levels. First, an employee who doesn’t have even the relatively minimal income provided by unemployment is going to be that much more likely to sue you — as a matter of financial survival,...more

12/15/2014 - ADA Discipline Disparate Treatment Employer Liability Issues Reasonable Accommodation Title VII Unemployment Benefits Zero Tolerance Policies

A Reader Asks: “Is It Me, Or Has Job Interviewing Become Really Complicated?”

Last week, I wrote about the two situations in which an employer should ask an applicant about a disability or a religious belief or practice that might require reasonable accommodation. (As I emphasized last week, 99 percent...more

10/13/2014 - Corporate Counsel Disability Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants PDA Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination

BREAKING: 6th Circuit Will Rehear Ford Telecommuting/Reasonable Accommodation Case

Law 360 reports this morning that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has agreed to rehear the EEOC v. Ford Motor Co. case, which I reported on (and disagreed with) in April. The original decision, holding that...more

9/3/2014 - ADA Appeals EEOC Employer Liability Issues En Banc Review Ford Motor Popular Reasonable Accommodation Telecommuting

EEOC Issues Guidance On Pregnancy Discrimination And Accommodation

I plan to write more about this later in the week, but today the EEOC issued an Enforcement Guidance, Q&A, and Fact Sheet on pregnancy discrimination and accommodation. Much of the Guidance reiterated the law as we had always...more

7/15/2014 - Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Guidance Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

ADA interactive process: A quiz for employers

What do you really know about the “interactive process” under the Americans with Disabilities Act? This is one area in which I am always getting questions, and I think it’s the terminology that scares employers. “Interactive...more

6/20/2014 - ADA Disability Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Interactive Process Reasonable Accommodation

Employers Shouldn't Be Too Excited About That Pregnancy Decision . . . And More From The Price Is Right

Is this new UPS pregnancy discrimination decision really such great news for employers? HINT: Check the dates!!! The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit* held this week that there is no "reasonable...more

1/14/2013 - ADA ADAAA Discrimination Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation UPS

3 Employer Bummers: Veganism A "Religion," ADA Interactive Process Fails, And Costly Severance Mistake

A court says veganism might be a "religion" requiring accommodation, a school district gets nailed for failing to engage in the "interactive process" under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and yet another employer makes...more

1/4/2013 - ADA EEOC FMLA Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Religion Severance Pay Termination Veganism

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