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Is Firefighter's Fear of Fire an ADA Disability?

Although it might seem strange to suggest that a firefighter's fear of entering a burning building is a disability, that's exactly what a Texas jury decided. In the end, however, the Texas Supreme Court overturned the jury's...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

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2014 #2

SBA Data Shows Large Firms are Nabbing Contracts Reserved for Small Businesses - Federal procurement data show that large companies, including leading defense contractors, last year received millions of dollars in...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

You Should Know - October 2014

In This Issue: - Veterans Still Waiting - Five Errors to Avoid - Readers on Seventh Amendment - Excerpt from Five Common Errors to Avoid When Filing Claims: Backlog Improves, But Vets Still Struggle for...more

Function over Form: The Impact of Separate Stock Classes on Veteran-Owned Firms

In my recent blog post about Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPS”), I discussed how the plans are treated differently under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program (the “VA Program”) for Veteran-Owned and...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

“You Want More Time Off?” – Dealing with Employees’ Medical Leave Requests Under the FMLA and ADA [Video]

The webinar will review the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), focusing on the interplay between the two statutes and the differing employer and employee...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

4 Considerations When Estate Planning With a Special Needs Child

When we think about children with special needs, we often think of how they might need extra medical care, a different approach to their education, or simply a little more assistance as they navigate their life. However, it...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

Inflexible Leave Policies and the EEOC

The last several years have seen the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) take an aggressive stance on inflexible leave policies. According to the EEOC, these policies – which subject employees to termination...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Police Officer with ADHD Not Disabled Under ADA

Weaving v. City of Hillsboro, No. 12-35726 (August 15, 2014): In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a police officer with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was not disabled under the...more

Beyond Essential Functions: The Role of Job Reassignments in Accommodating Employee Disabilities

Imagine for a moment that you are the HR Manager for a company with many physically demanding jobs. One of your employees submits a doctor’s note prohibiting her from lifting anything over 25 pounds. Mindful of your...more

District Court Certifies Class Challenging ERISA Plan Amendment

The Eastern District of Michigan has certified a class of ERISA plan participants challenging an amendment which, in attempt to address the plan’s underfunded status, reduced their monthly disability payments. The Court...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

Employment Law Quiz: You Be The Judge!

Susan and her husband, who are white, are cleaning out their attic one weekend. They come across some quaint old clothes and sepia-tinted pictures, and among the treasures Susan finds an old yellowed ticket from 1920 to an...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

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