Disability Discrimination

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Site-Specific Disability?

Does the ADAAA allow an employee to claim that she is disabled-in-a-particular-place or with-a-particular-supervisor, and otherwise not disabled? A California federal court judge opened the door to such claims by denying...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance Interpreting Civil Rights Laws Protecting Students with Disabilities

Regulators have given school districts new guidance on how to remain compliant with federal laws concerning services to students with disabilities thanks to some year-end agency filings. U.S. Department of Education...more

No medical report means no accommodation

Although the Army Ammunition Depot is located in McAlester, it was a Muskogee federal court that upheld an employer’s right to require adequate medical support before granting an employee’s request their job be modified on...more

Third Circuit Expands Liability Under the ADEA for Disparate Impact Claims

The Third Circuit recently held that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) permits disparate impact claims by older "subgroups" of workers within the law's protected 40-and-over class. Under the court's ruling,...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules No Punitive Damages Under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently set aside an award of statutory punitive damages in a disability discrimination case brought pursuant to Connecticut’s human rights law, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act...more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

Working At Home May Be A Reasonable Accommodation

Working at home may constitute a reasonable accommodation according to a recent decision in Rezvan v Phillips Electronics North America Corp., Case No. 15-cv-04767-HSG (N.D. Calif.) In Rezvan, a former employee with...more

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana....more

Diallo’s Of Houston to Pay $139,366 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Nightclub Made Unlawful HIV Medical Inquiry, Then Fired Employee, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that Diallo's of Houston, a Houston-area...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

Employment News - January 2017 #1

A little knowledge is dangerous – awareness of the consequences of a disability not required for discrimination "arising from" disability - In City of York Council v Grosset, the EAT decided that the employer did not...more

[Event] Master Class: Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration - Jan. 25th, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for BakerHostetler's “Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration.” This daylong seminar is designed to offer all new high-level courses, hitting specific and practical headline issues that will be...more

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

2016 brought about a host of changes for employers, including new political leaders, ever-changing technology, and new and more open dialogue on a variety of different issues. Aside from politics, perhaps one of the biggest...more

Q&A with Paula Williams: Guidelines allow voluntary employer wellness programs

Guidelines allow voluntary employer wellness programs - Q: A federal court recently heard a case involving a corporate wellness program. What was the basis for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit...more

A Particular Challenge: Managing Mental Disability in the Workplace

Understanding disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation is a challenge for employers, and particularly for the in-house counsel and HR professionals who must manage disability issues in the workplace. As you...more

National Origin Discrimination – A New Frontier?

Immigration law is said to be the next major debate in both state legislatures and Congress. While that debate will focus on the rights of immigrants to gain legal status in our country, employers can anticipate many new...more

EEOC Rule on Affirmative Action for Individuals With Disabilities in Federal Employment

Seyfarth Synopsis: These new regulations require federal agencies to be “model employers” of individuals with disabilities. As such, they now must take specific steps that are “reasonably designed” to gradually increase the...more

Developments in Disability Discrimination Law in 2016, and Predictions for the Future

President-elect Trump made headlines during the campaign (as he often did) when he gave the appearance of mocking a physically disabled reporter. The election of Donald Trump in 2016 carries far-reaching implications for...more

Punitive Damages Not Available For State Employment Discrimination Claims

In a decision that will be officially released next week, the Connecticut Supreme Court has, at last, ruled that punitive damages are not an available remedy for state law employment discrimination claims. You may recall...more

European Court of Justice: Can Temporary Incapacity of an Unknown Duration Constitute a Disability?

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Mohamed Daouidi v Bootes Plus S.L. (Case C-395/15) (2015/C 354/22) considered whether the dismissal of a worker due to temporary incapacity (but of unknown duration) could constitute...more

Kansas City Gives St. Louis A Run For The Money–Literally

St. Louis and Kansas City have long been cross-state baseball rivals. Who can forget the 1985 I-70 World Series? So it is hardly surprising that on the eve of St. Louis being named by the American Tort Reform Association...more

End of the Year News from the EEOC

The EEOC closed out 2016 with several reports that provide interesting reading for employers heading into the new year. The first is the EEOC’s annual performance report, which provides a snapshot of how the EEOC views...more

Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals...more

EEOC Issues Guidance on Mental Health Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations

On December 12, 2016, the EEOC issued a resource document, titled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights,” reminding employers of workplace rights for employees and applicants...more

Apply Here! (with Everyone Else): ADA Does Not Mandate Noncompetitive Reassignment

When you can’t reasonably accommodate a disabled employee in the current position, do you have to give the employee a vacant position or can you follow your usual, competitive process? In EEOC v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Inc.,...more

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