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Obesity can be a disability, ECJ confirms

Ben Gorner, a Partner in our Birmingham office, comments: As we reported in Be Aware on 1 July and 18 July, the ECJ was recently asked in the case of Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening to consider whether obesity should be...more

Perceived Disability Now Recognized Under Connecticut Law

On Monday December 8, 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Mireille Derosiers v. Diageo North America, Inc. et al. holding that the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (the...more

Employment Law 101: Americans with Disabilities Act

Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. What is the issue: It is against the law to discriminate against an employee or a prospective employee based on a disability the person...more

Care for parent leads to firing

Can an employer terminate an employee out of a belief that the employee is too distracted from his job duties due to caring for a relative with a disability? That was the issue in the recent case, Kourimihelakis v. Hartford...more

Baywood Home Care to Pay $30,000 under Decree Ending EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Home Health Care Provider Fired Employee With Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis Because of Walking Restrictions, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis-area home health care provider will pay $30,000 under...more

10 Tips for Communicating with People with Disabilities in the Workplace

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The purpose of this national campaign is to raise awareness about disability...more

Disability Access Litigation on the Rise

In an article published recently in The Wall Street Journal (“Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar,” October 15, 2014), staff writer Angus Loten reported that accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans...more

Jury Finds In Favor Of EEOC That One-Armed Security Guard Was Fired Because Of His Disability

MIAMI - In a verdict in favor of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a jury has found that a licensed security guard with only one arm was unlawfully discriminated against based on his limb loss when his...more

Wal-Mart Stores East Will Pay $72,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Retailer Refused to Reasonably Accommodate Applicant With End-Stage Renal Disease, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., will pay $72,500 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a...more

Concurrent Causation from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"

Facts and holding: Rita Kruk (“Kruk”), a Human Resources Specialist, was a participant in an ERISA plan provided through her employment that provided disability benefits. Kruk’s Plan stated that if a disability was due to a...more

2d Cir Extends Williamson County Ripeness "Final Decision" Requirement To ADA Claims

Ah, Williamson County. We've ranted about it before, so we won't do so here (again). But takings mavens know that a property owner must meet two tests before she can raise a takings claim against a state or local government...more

EEOC Sues FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., for Nationwide Disability Discrimination

Shipping Giant Repeatedly Failed to Provide Needed Accommodations to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Package Handlers and Applicants, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Shipping giant FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.,...more

Kaiser Permanente to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Worker With Hydrocephalus Was Denied a Free Job Coach to Assist With Training, Then Fired, Federal Agency Charged - SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States,...more

A Reader Asks: “Is It Me, Or Has Job Interviewing Become Really Complicated?”

Last week, I wrote about the two situations in which an employer should ask an applicant about a disability or a religious belief or practice that might require reasonable accommodation. (As I emphasized last week, 99 percent...more

Deciphering Accommodation Requests under the ADA Not Clear Cut

Employers often take appropriate measures to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, ADA compliance efforts may be useless in situations where an accommodation request or disability is not...more

Small Dog Creates Big Problem For Employer Under The ADA; Employee's ADA Claims May Proceed To Trial

A recent ADA case in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii serves as a reminder that employees do not have to use any specific language to request a reasonable accommodation and that employers should follow up with employees in...more

Ontario Divisional Court Upholds Controversial Award of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

In Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board v Fair, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld two noteworthy decisions of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. In the Tribunal’s first decision, it found that the Hamilton-Wentworth...more

Harrison Poultry Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Poultry Hatchery Fired Employee While on Approved Leave, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Harrison Poultry, Inc. a poultry hatchery located in Bethlehem, Ga., unlawfully terminated an employee with a disability who...more

Kroger Sued by EEOC for Violating ADA

Grocery Giant Fired Cashier at Howell Store Because of Back Impairment, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - The Kroger Company of Michigan violated federal law by failing to provide a reasonable accommodation to an...more

Papa John’s Discriminated Against Employee with Down Syndrome, EEOC Charges in Suit

Pizza Delivery Company Unlawfully Refused Job Coach for Worker With Intellectual Disability and Then Fired Him, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - PJ Utah LLC, PJ Cheese, Inc., and PJ United, Inc., collectively doing...more

Baker Concrete Construction Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Charges Concrete Company Refused to Accommodate Payroll Manager, Then Fired Her Because of Disability - HOUSTON - Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. violated federal law by refusing to accommodate and...more

Dollar General Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Diabetic Employee Fired for 'Grazing' to Stave Off Hypoglycemic Episode, Federal Agency Charges - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A diabetic sales associate suffering from a hypoglycemic episode while on duty at a Maryville, Tenn.,...more

Apria Healthcare Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Company Fired Warehouse Clerk After Surgery for a Tumor, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Apria Healthcare Group, Inc., an Albuquerque home respiratory services and medical equipment company, violated...more

Pflicht zur Mitteilung der Schwerbehinderung durch einen Bewerber

Will ein schwerbehinderter Mensch bei seiner Bewerbung vom besonderen Schutz nach dem SGB IX profitieren, so muss er die Eigenschaft, schwerbehindert zu sein, grundsätzlich im Bewerbungsschreiben mitteilen. Eine solche...more

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION: Court rules interactive process should have been triggered by a couple of stray comments

I miss my dog … or how to require your employer to let you bring your dog to work. Don’t laugh. A recent federal court decision from Hawaii seriously considered this issue. John Assaturian, a long-time Hertz employee...more

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