Disability Discrimination

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Stevens Transport Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Air Force Veteran With Bipolar Disorder as Truck Driver, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Stevens Transport, the largest refrigerated trucking company in Texas and one of the top four largest...more

EEOC Appoints Elizabeth Cadle as Director of Phoenix District Office

WASHINGTON - Elizabeth (Isa) Cadle has been appointed district director of the Phoenix District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and as a member of the Senior Executive Service, effective Oct....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC released its 2016 Annual Performance and Accountability Report. In fiscal year 2016, which ended September 30, the agency won $482.1 million for workers and resolved 97,443 charges—6.5 % more than it...more

Opposing Employer Actions Directed at General Public Not Protected Activity

Seyfarth Synopsis: An employee who expresses opposition to an employer’s policies and practices that affect members of the general public is not engaging in an activity that FEHA protects, because the activity is not opposing...more

“Weight Watchers”— Weight Discrimination in the Workplace

Seyfarth Synopsis: ‘Tis the season of food temptation: the average American gains at least five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. California employers need to beware of weight discrimination in the fluctuating...more

Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in...more

Georgia Power to Pay over $1.5 Million to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Refused to Hire Applicants and Fired Employees Based on their Disabilities, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Georgia Power Company, an electric utility company headquartered in Atlanta, will pay $1,586,500 to...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016 #2

Employment law commentators spent much of last week speculating about the impact of a Trump administration on workplace laws and regulations. HR Dive summarized the results of state minimum wage and marijuana initiatives and...more

Impaired Access: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits On the Rise

An increasing number of class action lawsuits have been filed over the past year against private companies by individuals alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for failure to maintain websites that...more

Bentonville McDonald’s To Pay $103,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Restaurant Fired Employee Because of His HIV Status, Federal Agency Charged - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A McDonald's restaurant owned and operated by Mathews Management Company and Peach Orchard, Inc. in Bentonville, Ark.,...more

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Recently, a number of businesses across the country have become targets of demand letters and lawsuits arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many of these claims have focused on financial institutions....more

With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - November 2016

Taxation of termination payments draft legislation published - At present, in certain circumstances the first £30,000 of a termination payment is exempt from income tax and national insurance ("NIC"). However, there have...more

Defense Strategy: Interactive Process Can Be Used To Defeat ADA Claims

Most employers are well aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires them to engage in an “interactive process” with employees or applicants who indicate they have a disability and may require some type of...more

Recent Disability Discrimination Cases Outline Employer Responsibilities

Two recent decisions regarding disability discrimination have outlined an employer’s responsibilities when dealing with a potential claim of disability and need for accommodation. These decisions offer reminders for...more

Safeway Will Rehire Store Clerk and Pay $27,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Grocery Store Fired Clerk Based on Disability, Federal Agency Said BALTIMORE - Safeway, Inc. will pay $27,000 in monetary damages and furnish significant equitable relief, including returning an employee to work, to...more

Sharp Healthcare To Pay $90,000 To Settle

Job Applicant Seeking a Surgical Technologist Position Was Perceived as Disabled and Denied Employment, Federal Agency Charged - SAN DIEGO - Sharp Healthcare, one of the largest private employers in San Diego County will...more

Federal Website Lawsuits Spike; Community Banks Get Demand Letters*

Seyfarth Synopsis: The number of federal lawsuits alleging inaccessible websites continues to increase, along with the number of law firms filing them. Businesses should seek advice now on how to manage risk in this chaotic...more

The Eighth Circuit & the ADA, Part I: Court Tips the Scale in Employer’s Favor in Suit Challenging Sleep Test for Overweight...

In Parker v. Crete Carrier Corporation, et al, No. 16-1371 (October 12, 2016), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a trucking company complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in requiring its drivers...more

What’s an “Implied” Request for an ADA Reasonable Accommodation?

Seyfarth Synopsis: A divided panel of the Eighth Circuit recently decided that an employer may be required to assume or infer from the circumstances that an employee is seeking a reasonable accommodation – even when no...more

Do Employers Need to Accommodate if the Employee Does Not Ask?

Most employers are aware of their obligation to explore reasonable disability accommodations when an employee asks for such a measure. But, what if the employee never asks? A new decision out of the United States Court of...more

The City of Brotherly Love is Showing Love to Persons with Disabilities Under the ADA, but not to Lyft or Uber

From coast to coast, Uber and Lyft have come under increasing fire from disability rights organizations and have faced litigation because their ride share practices allegedly discriminate against persons with disabilities. ...more

New California Lease Requirements for Disability Access

Perkins Coie published an alert on July 1, 2013 regarding California legislation (SB 1186), which required disclosures in commercial leases as to whether the property being leased had been inspected by a Certified Access...more

Justice Department Settles Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Florence, Kentucky

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree with the city of Florence, Kentucky, to resolve a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the department under Title VII of the Civil...more

Sign of the Times: EEOC Settles Case of Employer Failing to Provide ASL Interpreter for Job Interview

A deaf person applies for a job and the employee who takes applications asks you “how can a deaf person do this job?” What if an essential function of the job requires interaction with the public or the ability to communicate...more

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