Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -
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Employee Suing Based on Withdrawn Job Offer Must Prove Disabled Status

Once a conditional offer of employment is given, the Americans with Disabilities Act permits employers to require a pre-hire medical exam as a final condition of employment. If the exam reveals medical issues that would...more

Pregnancy Discrimination Is Focus of EEOC’s Updated Enforcement Guidance

On July 14, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues, its first comprehensive update in 30 years. The guidance covers the...more

Court Recommends Supervalu/Jewel-Osco Be Held in Contempt for Violations of EEOC Consent Decree in Disability Case

Federal Agency Obtains Relief for Three Jewel Employees Denied Accommodation, Court Calls for Extension of Decree and Appointment of Special Master - CHICAGO - Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Mason has entered a...more

Employment Law Blog: Pregnancy Discrimination & The Accommodation Debate

On Monday, July 14, the EEOC issued guidance relating to its current interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Act’s interaction with the ADA and other laws. ...more

Baby on Board: The EEOC's Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues. "In addition to addressing the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act...more

EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Adds ADA Duties of Reasonable Accommodation

On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued its long-anticipated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (the Guidance), which, according to Commissioner Lipnic, "adopts new and dramatic substantive changes...more

EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Enforcement Guidance

The guidance was issued over steep objection from two commission members and raises questions about its statutory authority and timing....more

Should telecommuting be a reasonable accommodation?

Increased use of telecommuting reflecting flexibility in the workplace has been the trajectory for many businesses, especially those in technology markets. Then Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer decided to take a very different stance...more

Pregnancy Guidance Seems to Require Light Duty For All

The EEOC’s pregnancy discrimination guidance issued July 14 affects more than just the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. Although nominally titled as an enforcement guidance regarding “pregnancy discrimination,” the...more

New EEOC Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, the EEOC issued “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues” along with a Q&A document about its Guidance, and a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses. ...more

EEOC Issues New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in a split decision, issued new guidelines regarding its enforcement of pregnancy discrimination laws. Although the guidance should be carefully reviewed,...more

PDA and Young: Pregnancy Discrimination Law to Break from Its Infancy

On the heels of the Hobby Lobby decision in late June, the Supreme Court has signaled that women’s health issues in the workplace will continue to be a central issue by granting a petition for certiorari in Young v. United...more

The EEOC Releases Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

The EEOC released its updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination yesterday — the first time it’s done so in more than 30 years. ...more

New EEOC Guidance Expands Protection for Pregnant Employees

The EEOC has issued new guidance on the reach of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act ("PDA"), and, not surprisingly, taken a very expansive view of the protections to be afforded pregnant employees....more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Summer 2014

In this Issue: - Small Businesses and Job Discrimination - Noncompetition Agreements and Arbitration - Real Estate Deals Gone Wrong - Ensure Your Financial Privacy - Excerpt from Small...more

Employment Law: The Devil is in the Details

Employment law, perhaps more than other areas of law, is highly fact-specific. A small change in any of the facts will often alter the analysis and outcome of the case. In part, this is because employment relationships are...more

Can You Link Insurance Premiums To Smoking?

Rocked by soaring costs, including skyrocketing increases in health insurance premiums, employers are desperate to manage, and hopefully limit, whatever costs they can. Many employers have begun to look to the lifestyle...more

EEOC Sues Genesis Healthcare / Mount Olive Care & Rehabilitation Center for Disability Discrimination

Mount Olive Nursing Home Unlawfully Fired Employee Because of Arm Impairment, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - Genesis Healthcare, LLC, d/b/a Mount Olive Care & Rehabilitation Center, a Delaware limited...more

Employment Law - July 2014

Recess Is Over: Supreme Court Strikes NLRB Appointments - Why it matters: Striking a blow to the President and the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Supreme Court held that three recess appointments made by...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds Employer Provided Reasonable Accommodation To Disabled Employee, Even Though It Did Not Provide The...

A federal appellate court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that a Dairy Queen franchisee failed to reasonably accommodate a blind employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Bunn v. Khoury...more

Aviation Flyer - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens - A Defendant’s Initial Impulse Could Be The Riskiest - Providing Information To Expert Witnesses: A Quick Guide To The Proper Procedures And Potential Pitfalls -...more

You Posted My Medical Information on Facebook?!?!?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment. An employer is required to make a reasonable...more

Week in Review

We hope you had a happy 4th of July weekend! Last week’s news included more employees making headlines for their misuse of social media. The links below highlight three cases in which employees’ social media activity or...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Best Kept Secrets of the Americans WIth Disabilities Act [Video]

It may be one of the best kept secrets impacting employers. Amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act now means extended leave beyond the Family and Medical Leave Act is considered reasonable for employees under the...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination

Retailer Rescinded Accommodation, Then Fired Intellectually Disabled Employee, Federal Agency Charges - ROCKFORD, Ill. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit here yesterday against...more

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