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.
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Several recent cases in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals remind employers that their obligation to engage in the interactive process is an increasingly onerous one. First, in Keith v. County of Oakland, No. 11-2276 (6th...more
Employers in the 6th Circuit (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee) should carefully consider the advice and opinions of third parties on whether an applicant can perform a job before withdrawing a conditional job offer, as...more
Would you feel comfortable with your kids swimming in a pool with a deaf lifeguard on watch? Could a deaf lifeguard notice your distressed child's cry for help? While these questions pose some serious personal judgments...more
Nicholas Keith has been deaf since birth. After initially being offered a job as a lifeguard for Oakland County, Michigan, he, like all other County lifeguards, had to undergo a physical performed by a physician retained by...more
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed an issue of first impression, holding that the ability to hear is not necessarily an “essential function” of the job of lifeguard. Keith v. County of Oakland, No. 11-2276...more
In Keith v. County of Oakland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed summary judgment to a county pool that denied employment to a deaf lifeguard. Setting aside the issue that seems to have captivated the...more
On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs Kentucky, rendered a pro-employee opinion, Keith v. County of Oakland, allowing a case to proceed under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more
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