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Americans with Disabilities Act Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation

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 -

2 Essentials For Dealing With Employees Attempting To Game the System

by Fisher Phillips on

Today’s workplace is fraught with legal traps for well-intentioned but unwary managers. But one issue stands out far above the rest as perhaps the single biggest employee challenge in today’s workplace: malingering employees...more

EEOC Sues Dependable Health Services For Disability Discrimination

Health Care Staffing Agency Fired Phlebotomist With Sickle-Cell Anemia, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Dependable Health Services, Inc., a health care staffing agency, violated federal law when it fired an employee...more

UPS Maximum Leave Policy Results In $2 Million Settlement With The EEOC

The EEOC announced this week that it has settled a lawsuit it has been litigating with United Parcel Service, Inc., since 2009. The EEOC alleged that UPS violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by enforcing an...more

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

by Ruder Ware on

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate...more

UPS Delivers Cautionary Tale

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Maximum leave policies are ubiquitous. These policies typically state that an employee who does not/cannot return from leave within a specified period (e.g. 12 months) will be discharged. Last year the EEOC issued...more

UPS to Pay $2 Million to Resolve Nationwide EEOC Disability Discrimination Claims

Shipping Giant's Rigid Leave Policies Forced Out Employees Who Needed Accommodations, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - International shipping giant United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay $2 million to nearly...more

Employer Beware: When “Good” Isn’t Good Enough (Disability Bias)

Two court decisions came out last week that ought to scare the heck out of employers. Both involved employers who seem to have been aware of their legal obligations and tried to comply. The employers lost their cases...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligations To Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On July 27, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The Pregnant Workers Act (1) requires Massachusetts employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Staffing Company Win in Reasonable Accommodation Suit

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In Punt v. Kelly Services, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously held that a temporary employee’s request for an undetermined leave of absence was not a reasonable request for accommodation under the Americans with...more

Another Employer’s Defense in Disability/Medical Marijuana Case Goes Up in Smoke

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Many states have approved the use of medical marijuana, despite the fact that the federal government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. As a result there is a tension between state rights to...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

by Littler on

On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide...more

Regional International Sued by EEOC For Firing Employee Who Requested Leave for Surgery

Truck Dealership Refused to Accommodate 'Exceptional' Delivery Driver, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Regional International Corporation, a commercial truck and trailer dealership with locations in Western New York,...more

EEOC Sues Wesley Health System / Merit Health Wesley For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Accommodate and Fired Employee Because of Arm/Shoulder Injury, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Wesley Health System, LLC, dba Merit Health Wesley, a general medical and surgical hospital...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2017 #4

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Last week, HR Dive reported on a Washington federal court’s June order requiring that a public employer pay $1.8 million to a terminated employee. The worker was fired when she failed a drug test due to her lawful use of...more

Chemtrusion to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Case

Company Screened Out Job Applicants After Medical Examinations Without Any Individualized Assessments on Fitness for Work, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - Chemtrusion, Inc., a Houston-based manufacturing services...more

Washington Public Employer Hit with $1.8 Million Judgment for Failing to Accommodate Prescription Drug User

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Last month, a Washington federal district court judge ordered an employer to pay a terminated employee a little over $1.8 million in damages for failing to accommodate the employee’s use of opioids that had been prescribed to...more

Dear Littler: A potential new hire shaved his head after learning about our drug-testing policy. Now what?

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Dear Littler: We recently offered a position to a candidate at one of our retail locations. He had a reasonable amount of head hair at the time we offered the job. After learning that we require hair testing both for new...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision Allowing Medical Marijuana User to Assert State Law Handicap...

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a unanimous ruling in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, allowing medical marijuana users to assert claims for handicap discrimination under the...more

EEOC Sues Connections CSP For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

It’s Reasonable to Employ Marijuana Users

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A requested accommodation for a disability is not unreasonable as a matter of law just because it is illegal under federal law, says the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a recent case. As applied there, the result is...more

EEOC Sues Capstone Logistics For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

Medical exam results and tasks actually performed

by McAfee & Taft on

When addressing the issues of a person’s ability to perform a job or the potential need for accommodation, don’t forget to take into account work the individual has previously performed. Sometimes that can be every bit as...more

EEOC Sues Advanced Home Care For Disability Discrimination

Call Center Violated Federal Law by Refusing Accommodation for Employee With Asthma and COPD and Then Firing Her, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Advanced Home Care, Inc., a North Carolina nonprofit corporation...more

EEOC To Employers: Requiring Employees to Return to Work with “No Restrictions” Could Get You Sued

Before the Americans with Disabilities Act (and there was a time before the ADA), it was not uncommon to require employees to have a doctor’s note returning them to work “with no restrictions.” That won’t work in today’s ADA...more

Court of Appeals Affirms Woody Allen - When it Comes to Work, Showing Up Is Essential

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The movie director and comedian Woody Allen is credited with the observation that “Showing up is 80% of life.” A federal court of appeals in New Orleans has gone one step further and ruled that showing up for work is a 100%...more

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