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

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a California Department of Transportation worker with severe allergies to scents and household chemicals won a $3.3 million jury verdict in a disability harassment lawsuit. The employee claimed that his...more

May Is American Stroke Month

Act ‘FAST’ if Signs or Symptoms Occur - A stroke strikes someone every 40 seconds in the United States, affecting nearly 800,000 lives each year. It is the fifth-leading cause of death, and kills 130,000 annually. For...more

Employer’s Enforcement Of Its Call-In Policy Was Reasonable Vis-à-Vis A Disabled Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers frequently struggle with enforcement of call-in and job abandonment policies when there has been a lack of communication by a disabled employee. In Alejandro v. ST Micro Electronics (N.D. Cal.) 178 F.Supp.3d 850,...more

Appeals court rules diagnosed mental impairment not proven to be actual disability

by McAfee & Taft on

As many employers know, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) broadened the scope of who may be considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Indeed, through the ADAAA, Congress sought to make it...more

PA ABLE Accounts and How They Differ From Supplemental Needs Trusts

Pennsylvania now has an ABLE account program created by the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. The ABLE program allows for a different type of planning to provide for the supplemental needs of...more

EEOC Sues Impressions Incorporated for Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says St. Paul Company Fired Employee for Depression Despite His Submitting to Unlawfully Mandated Examination - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Impressions, Incorporated, a St. Paul-based design, printing...more

Special Education Tip - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - 46-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

School staff oftentimes find themselves in a quandary when they overlook student misbehaviors as the misbehaviors are the result of the disability. Eventually, there comes a time when it becomes evident that no matter how...more

Medstar Harbor Hospital Will Pay $179,576 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Hospital Refused to Grant Therapist Reasonable Accommodation then Terminated Him, Federal Agency Said - BALTIMORE - Harbor Hospital Inc., trading as MedStar Harbor Hospital, will pay $179,576 and furnish other relief to...more

Refusal to Rescind Employee’s Resignation Not an Adverse Employment Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal has held that an employer’s refusal to honor an employee’s rescission of a voluntary resignation is not an adverse employment action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

Supreme Court Upends Back Ratings

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

The Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled claimant’s ability to hold gainful employment does not, alone, preclude a finding of total and permanent disability based on more than 50% to the back. Further, the Supreme Court...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

NC Court of Appeals Says Attempted ADA Accommodation Can Be Terminated Based on Effects on Coworkers

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) encourages employers to engage in an interactive process with disabled employees to determine if there are reasonable accommodations that allow the employee to perform the essential...more

From the Tinfoil Hat Files: Plaintiff Sleeping on the Job Claims Sensitivity to Electromagnetic Voltage

The 7th Circuit, in a short opinion issued April 6, zapped a plaintiff’s claim that he was terminated in violation of the ADA based on his condition of being overexposed to electromagnetic voltage at his job. Mr. Hirmiz, a...more

Federal Court: Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act Requires Employer to Consider Jobs Other than Employee’s Current Job When...

In a recent case, a Maryland Federal court permitted a plaintiff to proceed to trial on her failure to accommodate claim under Maryland’s Fair Employment Practices Act (MFEPA), finding that under Maryland law the employer was...more

Food Service Company to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Legendary Baking Fired Employee Because of Spinal Cord Condition, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - An Illinois food service company will pay $35,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination...more

Second Circuit Reverses ADA Jury Verdict for Pharmacist with Fear of Needles

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., No. 15-277 (March 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury award of almost $2 million in favor of a pharmacist who suffered from a fear of needles because he...more

Colorado Businesses Continue to Face "Drive By" Lawsuits Over ADA Accessibility

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Plaintiffs have brought more than 150 lawsuits in federal court in Denver against Colorado businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over the past year, following a national trend. These...more

Disability Services Company to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

ValleyLife Failed to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Employees With Disabilities, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - ValleyLife, a disability support services company, will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to...more

ADA and Batman - by Robin

by FordHarrison on

Recently, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the new Batman movie to focus on his recovery following recent treatment for alcoholism. His reason for stepping down was due to his belief that he was unable to give the...more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist,...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

by FordHarrison on

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $10.4 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately 13% from last year. While estimates vary, some...more

Managing the Employment Relationship in Ontario

by Dickinson Wright on

What state-specific laws govern the employment relationship? The Employment Standards Act, 2000, sets out most of the minimum employment standards for provincially regulated workplaces in Ontario....more

Regulatory comments due in March & other housing news updates

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Comments on the following HUD and housing related guidance are due this month. HOTMA implementation for Section 8 Voucher Programs – Due March 20, 2017 - On January 18, 2017, HUD issued a proposed rule to implement...more

New Image Building Services to Pay $16,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Cleaning Company Discharged Employee Because of His Scoliosis, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A privately owned Mt. Clemens, Mich.-based company that provides cleaning services for corporate clients in commercial...more

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