Americans with Disabilities Act Disability Disability Discrimination

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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EEOC Roundup (January 2014)

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart Stores East for Disability Discrimination

Cockeysville Store Refused to Accommodate Applicant With End-Stage Renal Disease, Federal Agency Says - BALTIMORE - Wal-Mart Stores East, LP violated federal law when it refused to employ an individual with end-stage...more

Risky Business: TPAs as Employers under the ADA

Last week, in Brown v. Bank of America et al., No. 1:13-cv-00367-JAW (D. Me. March 7, 2013), a federal district court in Maine refused to dismiss a Bank employee’s disability discrimination claims against a third party...more

Is An Employee Who Is Six Days out of Rehab “Disabled” Under the TCHRA?

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) provides that a “current condition of addiction” to alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances is not a covered “disability.” In Melendez v. Houston Independent School District...more

Partying In The Store

The cost of bad behavior in the workplace can be significant and assorted. Bad behavior damages morale, results in a loss to a company’s profits, jeopardizes safety, and diminishes productivity. Use of drugs and alcohol – or...more

Does a 100% Healed Policy Violate the ADA? What to Require of Employees Returning From Leave

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss a claim filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a class of individuals challenging...more

You May Think They Are Disabled But That Doesn’t Mean You “Regarded“ Them as Disabled

While the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) made it easier for employees to state a claim that he or she was “regarded as” having a disability, a recent decision from a federal court highlights...more

Another Reminder That Inflexible Employment Policies and the ADA Don’t Play Well Together – Court Refuses to Dismiss EEOC Action...

One theme that resonates throughout court decisions and EEOC filings over the last few years is that application of inflexible employment policies to disabled employees often runs afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Temporary Accommodation Does Not Waive ADA "Essential Functions" Defense

Good employers often attempt to provide support for employees who are facing personal issues. Such was the case when Selena Hancock developed a nerve condition that prevented her from lifting more than 20 pounds. Although an...more

Employment Newsletter - February 2014: Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation: A Remote Possibility?

In recent years, many employers have shied away from telecommuting programs and arrangements, believing employees cannot perform their jobs as effectively from home or be adequately supervised while working remotely. Disputes...more

Fourth Circuit Rules Temporary Impairment May Be a Disability Under the ADAAA

In late January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in Summers v. Altarum Institute Corp., No. 13-1645 (4th Cir. Jan. 23, 2014), that "a sufficiently severe temporary impairment may constitute a...more

EEOC Sues Genesis Healthcare for Refusing to Hire Deaf Applicant

Nursing Home Offered Deaf Applicant a Job but Reneged, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Genesis HealthCare, LLC, the owner of Holly Manor Center nursing facility in Mendham, N.J., violated federal...more

Failure to provide an Ounce of ADA Compliance is worth a Pounding by the DOJ - What you can learn from the DOJ's settlement...

The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to make the hospitality sector a target for enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and The Phoenician are the latest to...more

Sixth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment For Employer: Genuine Issues Of Material Fact Remain As To Whether Disabled Plaintiff Is...

The Sixth Circuit recently reversed a summary judgment granted to an employer that asserted it had terminated the disabled plaintiff because he was no longer qualified to perform the essential functions of his excavator...more

Job Descriptions And Performance Reviews – Do They Help Or Hurt Defend Against A Claim Under The American With Disabilities Act?

When an employee files a claim under the American with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), two of the key issues for determination are whether the employee is "qualified" for the position and whether the employee can perform the...more

Henderson Nursing / Rehab Center to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Employee Denied Accommodation and Fired Because of Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Britthaven, Inc. and its successor, Principle Long Term Care, Inc., operators of a nursing and...more

Employers, Check Your Weight-Bias: Obesity, Disability, And The Broadened Coverage Of The ADAAA

A study released by the Center for Disease Control in August 2012 estimates that 32 percent of adults in Alabama are obese. Alabama regularly appears in the Top Five of the list of “heaviest states,” currently weighing in at...more

Direct Optical Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination, Retaliation

Optical Store Denied Employee's Request to Bring Her Service Dog to Work, Then Fired Her in Retaliation, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit today...more

Employment Law - Nov 20, 2013

Third-Party Harassment Costs Employer $30,000 - Why it matters: Employers, take note: harassment in the workplace can be committed not just by supervisors and coworkers, but by third parties such as customers,...more

Does the ADA Amendments Act Absolve a Party Alleging Disability Discrimination From Having to Prove the Disability?

That was the question recently presented to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Fifth Circuit resoundingly answered "no." Specifically, in Neely v. PSEG Texas, LP, the Fifth Circuit held "though...more

Dealership Update, No. 4, November 2013: The ADA And The FMLA: Look Both Ways At The Intersection

Employees who become injured, disabled, or ill may be entitled to leave under several federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Complying with the...more

Toys"R"Us Will Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Retailer Refused to Accommodate or Hire Deaf Applicant, Federal Agency Said - BALTIMORE - Toys"R"Us, Inc., one of the world's largest retailers of toys and juvenile products, will pay $35,000 and provide significant...more

New York City Employers Face Tougher Disability Accommodation Standards

In Romanello v. Intesa Sanpaolo, S.p.A., the New York Court of Appeals adopted the broad reading of an employer’s duty to accommodate a disabled employee under the New York City Human Rights Law (City HRL), as initially set...more

EEOC Sues Saint Joseph’s Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Refused to Accommodate Nurse's Disability, Refused to Reassign, Then Terminated Her, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - Saint Joseph's Hospital, part of the BayCare Health System, the second-largest...more

Banks Face Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Noncompliance With ADA Regulations Governing ATMs

More than 100 nearly identical class action lawsuits alleging noncompliance with Americans with Disability Act accessibility standards for ATM machines have been filed against banks and credit unions since new standards went...more

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