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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

EEOC and Flying Star Transport Settle ADA Claims for $65,000

Federal Agency Steers Hiring Case of Driver With Amputation to Early Resolution - AMARILLO, Texas - An Amarillo, Texas-based fuel transport company has agreed to pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

Peoria’s Green Chevrolet to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Discrimination Suit

Black Employee with Disability Involuntarily Transferred and Fired for Opposing It, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - A Peoria, Ill., Chevrolet dealership will pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability...more

IDEX Corporation to Pay $380,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Illinois-Based Global Company Fired Regional Manager in Florida Because of His Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - IDEX Corporation, a Lake Forest, Ill.-based manufacturer and supplier of fluidics systems with...more

May Employers Weed Out Medical Marijuana Patients Through Drug Testing? Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Weigh In

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The ever-changing landscape of medical marijuana laws in states across the nation has given rise to several lawsuits regarding an employer’s right to enforce anti-drug policies against employees who hold valid state-issued...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

Wisconsin Court Holds Discharging Employee Because of Misconduct Caused by Disability Can Be Discrimination

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision holding that a call center employee with bipolar disorder proved that he was discharged “because of” his disability by establishing he was discharged for misconduct—i.e.,...more

Zale Delaware Will Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Kiosk Manager Fired Because of Orthopedic Disability, Federal Agency Charged - GREENVILLE, N.C. - Zale Delaware, Inc., dba Piercing Pagoda, a jewelry retailer based in Irving, Texas, will pay $30,000 to settle a...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

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

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

4.5 Million Disability Discrimination Verdict Against Auto Dealer Who Failed to Investigate

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal jury in Florida has awarded $4.5 million against an auto dealer for claims of disability discrimination under the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA). Axel v. Fields Motorcars of Florida, Inc., No. 8:15-cv-893-17JSS...more

Second Circuit Rejects Employee’s Trypanophobia Claim

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

You don’t need to look for a needle in a haystack to figure out this latest case from the Second Circuit. But you do need to know what “trypanophobia” is....more

Employment News - March 2017 #3

by Hogan Lovells on

Last minute decider – incapacity dismissal without considering new evidence was disability discrimination - The Court of Appeal in O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy has reinstated a Tribunal decision that the...more

Court OK’s termination of diabetic employee for misconduct

by McAfee & Taft on

A recent federal appeals court decision case upheld an employer’s termination of a diabetic employee for misconduct, despite the employee’s argument that her poor work performance was a result of low-blood sugar....more

“I’ll Be Back To Work Soon”: Massachusetts Addresses An Employer’s Obligations When Employee On Leave Gives An Indefinite Return...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 5, 2017, in M.C.A.D. v. Country Bank for Savings, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) held that an employer engaged in unlawful disability discrimination when it...more

Employee Suspected of Drug Diversion Could Not Establish “Regarded as Disabled” Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An appellate court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a hospital that terminated the employment of a nurse for diverting medications, rejecting her claim that she had been perceived to be a drug addict by her...more

You Can’t Fire Me for Drug Diversion If I Am Personally Consuming the Drugs

by BakerHostetler on

A nurse employed by a major medical center was suspected of illegally diverting medications. When confronted by her employer with evidence of suspicious transactions recorded by the provider’s medication monitoring systems,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Magnolia Health, a California company that operates health care and assisted living facilities, agreed to pay $325,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination class action lawsuit. In the...more

“100% Healed From Injury” Policies May Violate the CA Fair Employment and Housing Act

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently obtained a settlement on behalf of a custodian for a school district who was fired after an on-the-job injury. As part of the settlement, the...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

New Jersey Appellate Division Refuses to Deduct Unemployment Benefits from Employee’s Verdict in Discrimination Suit

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In a published decision issued March 6, 2017, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a trial judge erred by reducing an employee-plaintiff’s back pay award in light of his receipt of unemployment compensation benefits....more

NJ Court Rules That Unemployment Benefits Do Not Offset Back Pay Awards

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Jersey’s Appellate Division determined that an award of unemployment compensation benefits will not offset an award of back pay in cases brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. ...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

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