Americans with Disabilities Act Hiring & Firing

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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Can You Fire An Employee Who Has Exhausted FMLA Leave?

An employee of yours goes out on medical leave. Suppose that you only have to abide by the federal FMLA law. After 12 weeks, the employee is still out. Can you simply fire the employee?...more

Downriver Community Services Will Pay $31,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Federally-Qualified Health Center Denied Counselor a Reasonable Accommodation, Terminated Her, Then Refused to Rehire Her Because of a Herniated Disc, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Downriver Community Services will...more

5 Steps Every Employer Should Take To Effectively Manage Workers' Compensation Claims

Enacted in 1915, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act was viewed as a “great compromise,” with both sides giving up important safeguards. In exchange for medical and economic benefits, employees surrender their right...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2015

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2015 (hereafter “Report”), our fifth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

What Tips the Scale? Obesity as a Perceived Disability Under the ADA

Employers often call with questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they navigate when and how to make reasonable accommodations for employees with known disabilities. Most are generally familiar with the...more

Seventh Circuit Slams The “Brakes” On The EEOC’s Appeal Of AutoZone ADA Defeat

As we have previously noted, the EEOC continues to push the envelope on many fronts, including new theories/arguments in cases brought under Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (“ADA”), such as its...more

Employers: Check the law before checking an applicant's background

A new hire is always a risk. There is concern that a new employee may not be a good fit or as qualified for the job as expected. Worse, the new hire could be a significant safety or liability risk. A poor hiring decision can...more

Trojan Travails: Coach Sarkisian’s Alcoholism-Discrimination Lawsuit Against USC

Readers have been clamoring for my take on the alcoholism-discrimination lawsuit filed by Steve Sarkisian against the University of Southern California. Actually, I got one email from a reader, who had a better take on...more

Wrongful Termination & Disability Discrimination: Sarkisian Goes Head to Head With USC

After a much publicized struggle with alcoholism and public firing by the University of Southern California, former head coach for the football team, Steve Sarkisian, has filed a lawsuit against the...more

Interplay Between Texas Workers' Compensation Law and Federal Family Medical Leave Act: Texas Supreme Court Addresses Impact of...

On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court provided significant guidance for employers by clarifying the relationship between the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act and the federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") in...more

Beverage Distributors Company to Pay $160,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit

Company Refused to Hire Applicant Because of Eye Impairment, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - Beverage Distributors Company, a wholesale liquor distribution company in Colorado, will pay $160,000 and furnish other...more

OHM Concessions Will Pay $151,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Restaurant Fired Manager Days Before Medical Leave for Cancer Surgery, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - OHM Concessions Group, LLC, which operates Dunkin' Donuts stores at Baltimore-Washington International Airport...more

Hoeganaes Corporation Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Steel and Iron Powder Company Denied Applicant a Job Because It Regarded Him as Disabled, Federal Agency Charged - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hoeganaes Corporation will pay $47,500 and furnish other significant equitable relief...more

Recent Decision Provides Case Study on Managing Suspected Alcohol Impairment

If an employer suspects that an employee may be coping with a substance abuse issue, such as alcoholism, what steps can it take to ensure that the employee is not coming to work impaired? A recent federal court case explored...more

Employment Law Letter - Fall 2015

Workplace Speech Protections Refined by Connecticut Supreme Court. We don’t generally report on developments that will likely be of more interest to lawyers than clients, but a recent decision from our state’s Supreme...more

Jury Sides with FedEx in ADA Failure to Accommodate Case

For those of you who think the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means you have to do whatever a disabled employee wants, I bring good news from of all sources, a jury in California. This case had it all—an employee...more

Employers Need to Consider Accommodation Requests Made at Any Time During a Disabled Employee’s Employment

Can an employer simply ignore a request by a disabled employee for an accommodation made in a meeting that could lead to the employee’s termination? A recent federal case from Wisconsin says no. In the case, the former...more

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

Straight From The Source: EEOC’s 10 Hottest Litigation Trends

Last week I heard David Lopez, General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, speak about EEOC litigation developments at the annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law conference....more

Employment Law - October 2015 #3

New California Employment Laws on Fair Pay, Waiver of Meal Periods - Why it matters: California continues its focus on employment-related legislation. Touted as the toughest law of its kind in the nation, Senate...more

Tricks or Treats: Human Resources Challenges Ahead

Halloween is traditionally a time for “trick or treating.” For human resource professionals, many days can be Halloween-like, filled with unexpected events or career rewards. Recently, dozens of HR professionals participated...more

Drinking On The Job? Five Things Employers Need To Know In The Wake Of The USC Football Coach Controversy

Football powerhouse USC (University of Southern California) fired its head football coach Steve Sarkisian on October 12, 2015, after it was widely reported that the coach had been under the influence of alcohol during several...more

After He Allegedly Showed Up Drunk to Practice, Should Former USC Football Coach Steve Sarkisian Have Been Placed on FMLA Leave...

A question was posed to me on Twitter this past week: Shouldn’t former University of Southern California (USC) football coach Steve Sarkisian have been placed on FMLA leave to get treatment for apparent alcoholism instead of...more

Alcoholism and how USC may have violated ADA by firing Steve Sarkisian

On October 12, 2015, Steve Sarkisian was fired as head coach of the University of Southern California (USC) football team. While USC contends Sarkisian was fired for “cause,” there is no question that his alcohol-related...more

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