Americans with Disabilities Act 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 -
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Is Obesity a Disability Under the ADA Not Without Physical Impairment Eighth Circuit Rules

Obesity does not meet the definition of a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for either the discrimination or “regarded as” provisions of the statute, a panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Employee’s Failure to Participate in Interactive Process in Good Faith is Fatal to ADA Accommodation Claim, Says Washington...

The Western District of Washington recently emphasized that the obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to engage in good faith interactive dialogue when seeking an accommodation that will permit an...more

Connection to Someone With a Disability is Nearly Identical to an Actual Disability

As disability discrimination and accommodation claims continue to rise across the country, an appellate court in California may have just helped significantly expand such claims in the future by finding that an employee can...more

“Up in Smoke – Are Employers Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use?”

For reasons that are subject to debate, 4/20 has become known as a holiday for those who enjoy marijuana. However, over the course of many years, the face of “pot culture” has changed to include not only those lighting up...more

RockTenn to Pay $187,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Human Resources Manager Fired Because of Coronary Artery Disease, Agency Says - DETROIT - A paper and packaging manufacturer with a facility located in Battle Creek, Mich., will pay $187,500 to settle a disability...more

Courts Cut the Fat, Clarify When Obesity is a Disability Under the ADA

The ADA prohibits discrimination based upon actual or perceived medical disabilities and requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities subject to certain exceptions. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 effectively...more

EEOC Requesting Information? Be Wary What You Tell Fellow Employees

Picture this scenario: You come into your office one morning to learn that an employee has filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming that you failed to accommodate...more

Never Forever: Indefinite Extension of Light-Duty Not Required Under ADA (Per Eleventh Circuit)

Employers evaluating ADA reasonable accommodation requests often must decide whether they have to provide extended light duty for an injured employee. In Frazier-White v. Gee, the Eleventh Circuit recently provided helpful...more

The Rights and Limitations of Associational Discrimination under the ADA

While a recent Second Circuit case received lots of headlines regarding its discussion of individual liability under FMLA, the case has some other nuggets for employers to understand, as my colleague Gary Starr explains in...more

Work-Related Stress and the Americans with Disabilities Act

With increasing frequency employees are claiming disabilities based on work-related stress. Some employees are asking for accommodations such as transfers to new supervisors, working from home, additional leave, and...more

Higher Education Highlights - Spring 2016

Upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act salary-basis test may convert many of your smartphone-toting exempt employees into non-exempt employees, requiring you to track the evening and weekend time these employees...more

Protecting Alcoholics, Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Distinguishing Between the Two

It has long been clear that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects alcoholism if it qualifies as a “disability.”1  That said, courts have consistently held that employers can have legitimate work rules...more

USC Responds to Football Coach’s Claims that Termination Was Discriminatory

In October of last year, I wrote in this space about how the firing of Steve Sarkisian as head football coach by the University of Southern California (“USC”) may raise legal issues related to the Americans with Disabilities...more

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation?

Employers are often asked to allow an employee to telecommute as a reasonable accommodation for a disability. Should employers always grant such requests? What considerations come into play? Here’s a checklist to help...more

Fourth Circuit Says Driving May Not Be Essential Job Function for Traveling Salesperson

Most employers would assume that a traveling salesperson who could no longer drive due to a medical condition cannot perform the essential functions of her job. The Americans with Disabilities Act only requires accommodations...more

Effective Communication with Consumers with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to certain entities providing goods and services to the public. In the context of interactions with the public, mortgage lenders have obligations to ensure that information...more

Is Driving An “Essential Function Of The Job” For Your Road Warriors?

If your employee isn’t a professional driver but spends a lot of time on the road, how “essential” a job function is driving for ADA purposes? Is driving “essential” at all? In what I consider to be a very significant...more

Workplace Scents and Sensibility

Spring is beginning to bloom and for many of us this means taking time to stop and smell the flowers. However, those delightful smells of spring can trigger annoying and sometimes painful physical reactions for many who...more

Presence Health to Pay $500,000 To Conciliate EEOC Class Investigation

CHICAGO - Presence Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois, has agreed to pay $500,000 to conciliate complaints filed with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pursuant to the Americans with...more

Quirky Question #271: We’ve Got a Worried Waiter

Question: We recently interviewed a candidate for a server position at our restaurant. During the interview, he informed us that he has an anxiety disorder, which causes him to have panic attacks out of the blue. Do we have...more

AT&T Debe Pagar $250.000 y Ademas Reinstalar a un Empleado Para Transar Demanda de Discrimen por Discapacidad

Gigante de las telecomunicaciones removio a un empleado técnico con una discapacidad visual de sus labores, haciendo caso omiso de la petición de acomodo razonable, reclamo la agencia federal. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -...more

AT&T to Pay $250,000 and Reinstate Employee to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Telecom Giant Removed Visually Impaired Technician From His Job, Ignoring His Accommodation Request, Federal Agency Charged - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - AT&T, a multi-national telecommunications company, will pay $250,000,...more

All Dogs Go to Heaven, But Can They Go to Work?

Cartoonist Charles M. Shultz once said, "Happiness is a warm puppy." It is a common sentiment among the canine crowd, those who love their dogs as much as they love their friends and family, and science has recently given...more

Play Under Review: USC Football Coach Wanted Mid-Season Timeout for Alcoholism

At the beginning of last year's college football season, many folks had high expectations for the University of Southern California Trojans and the team's second-year head coach, Steve Sarkisian. Instead, USC ended the season...more

Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Breadth Of The Rehabilitation Act

Recently, a split has continued among the Circuit Courts as to whether Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act permits employment discrimination suits by independent contractors. On February 1, 2016, the Fifth Circuit joined...more

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