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Week in Review

We hope you had a happy 4th of July weekend! Last week’s news included more employees making headlines for their misuse of social media. The links below highlight three cases in which employees’ social media activity or...more

Bypass ADA Interactive Accommodation Process At Your Peril

Discrimination claims are expensive to defend. If they reach a jury, the results are often unpredictable. That’s one reason employers need to do everything within their power to preserve the option to file a motion for...more

Fort Worth Center of Rehabilitation to Pay $30,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Healthcare Facility Denied Applicant in Renal Failure Reasonable Accommodation for Her Disability, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - A Fort Worth-based health care facility will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 45: What Is A Disability?

Ever since disability discrimination became illegal, the most pressing question has been how to define a disability. One of the first issues the courts faced was how to deal with disabilities that could be corrected with...more

Jamison Shaw Hairdressers Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Atlanta Hair Salon Unlawfully Fired Disabled Veteran, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, which operates a salon in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, violated federal law by subjecting a...more

7 Tips to Avoid ADA Violations in Pre-Employment Medical Exams

Even when an applicant’s disability appears directly related to job performance, employers may not reject the applicant based on that condition. Employers who do may be subject to significant fines and other legal...more

EEOC Roundup

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Court Enters Permanent Injunction Against American Tool & Mold in EEOC Disability Case

Clearwater Company Ordered to Pay $150,000 and Observe Non-Discrimination Provisions For Withdrawing Job Offer Because of Applicant's Old Back Injury - TAMPA, Fla. - In an order issued yesterday, a federal judge...more

Norfolk Southern Railway Company Pays $110,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Railroad Worker With Degenerative Disc Disease Was Discharged Because of His Disability, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Norfolk, Va.-based Norfolk Southern Railway Company, which operates in the eastern United...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 5: The Americans With Disabilities Act...

Like many discrimination laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act was born from a grass roots movement. On Monday, March 12, 1990, disability activists descended on the U.S. Capitol Building, rallying for equal rights for...more

Breaking News: Missouri Supreme Court Abandons "Exclusive Causation" Standard For Workers' Compensation Retaliation

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that plaintiffs claiming workers' compensation retaliation need only prove that their workers' compensation claims were a "contributing factor" to any adverse employment action. The...more

OFCCPs New Veteran/Disability Regulations Are Now in Effect. Are You Ready?  [Video]

Two new groundbreaking regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act went into effect on March 24. They require federal government contractors...more

EEOC Roundup (January 2014)

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Making Your Termination Decision Count (Don’t Sleep on This One…)

The success or failure of an employer’s defenses in employment litigation often turns on what motivated a termination decision. My consistently subpar performance or my complaint about harassment? My taking of leave or...more

Failure to provide an Ounce of ADA Compliance is worth a Pounding by the DOJ - What you can learn from the DOJ's settlement...

The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to make the hospitality sector a target for enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and The Phoenician are the latest to...more

Annual Labor & Employment Update 2013 [Video]

BB&K labor and employment law attorneys hosted a webinar focusing on new legislation and case law impacting California employers - private and public. Topics included: - New Legislation Public and Private Employers -...more

Regions Bank to Pay $95,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Bank Fired Branch Manager Because of Her Age and Disability, Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Regions Financial Corporation, doing business as Regions Bank, will pay $95,000 and provide injunctive relief to settle a...more

Expansion of Employment Protections for Employees Who Are Crime Victims, Including Obligations to Provide Reasonable...

Existing laws prohibit an employer from discharging, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault for taking time off from work in connection with court proceedings...more

Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

Beverage Distributors Ordered to Pay About $200K and Hire Sight-Impaired Employee in EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Jury Found Company Violated Federal Law by Shunning Legally Blind Applicant - DENVER - In a disability lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal court in Denver has ordered...more

Step Three to Pay $60,000 for EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Suit

Hawaii Resort Retailer Disciplined and Fired a Buyer Due to Fertility Treatments and Pregnancy Restrictions, Federal Agency Charged - HONOLULU - Step Three, Ltd., a Hawaiian resort retailer, will pay $60,000 for...more

Oakland Children's Hospital Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Medical Center Fired Employee with Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - OAKLAND, Calif. - An Oakland-based non-profit regional medical center violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and instead fired an...more

Alorica Pays $135,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company's Predecessor Unlawfully Fired Employee With Bipolar Disorder and Depression While on Short-Term Disability Leave, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Alorica Inc., a telesales and data services company that...more

Did An Employer Inflate Its Worker’s Performance Deficiencies as a Pretext for Disability Bias? Mass. Court Says Maybe

On November 4, 2013, in Akerson v. Pritzker, No. 12-10240-PBS, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts rejected the race discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims brought by a former employee of the U.S....more

Providence Hospital Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Fired Employee Who Relied on Cane, Federal Agency Charged - WASHINGTON - Providence Hospital, a full-service hospital in Washington, D.C., unlawfully refused to accommodate a disabled employee and subsequently...more

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