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Is Your Website Accessible to Disabled Users? If Not, Courts Say You Could Be Violating the ADA

by Jaburg Wilk on

Yes, seriously. This is no longer a remote threat cautioned by overzealous lawyers. This is now a real threat that business owners should address now. If you own and/or operate a business, and the business has a website that...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Creates Employer Obligation to Accommodate Employees Using Medical Marijuana

by Littler on

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously held that an employee may pursue a disability discrimination claim under state law against her former employer for failing to accommodate the employee’s...more

Medical Marijuana Use May Be Reasonable Accommodation Under Massachusetts Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a much-anticipated decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on July 17, 2017, that an employee's use of medical marijuana to treat a qualified disability may be a reasonable accommodation under the...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Employers May Need To Accommodate Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an employer could be liable under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Act for disability discrimination by declining employment based...more

EEOC Sues Connections CSP For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

It’s Reasonable to Employ Marijuana Users

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A requested accommodation for a disability is not unreasonable as a matter of law just because it is illegal under federal law, says the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a recent case. As applied there, the result is...more

EEOC Sues Capstone Logistics For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

New Federal Regulations for Schools - Clarifies Language and Requirements Related to Special Education

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education published regulations to implement Rosa’s Law, legislation enacted in 2010 to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in federal laws. These laws include...more

EEOC Sues Advanced Home Care For Disability Discrimination

Call Center Violated Federal Law by Refusing Accommodation for Employee With Asthma and COPD and Then Firing Her, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Advanced Home Care, Inc., a North Carolina nonprofit corporation...more

Fifth Circuit Says Regular Attendance at Work is an Essential Function of Most Jobs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent win for employers, the Fifth Circuit clarified that opened-ended or unlimited requests to work from home are unreasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and may be rejected...more

EEOC To Employers: Requiring Employees to Return to Work with “No Restrictions” Could Get You Sued

Before the Americans with Disabilities Act (and there was a time before the ADA), it was not uncommon to require employees to have a doctor’s note returning them to work “with no restrictions.” That won’t work in today’s ADA...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision in Protz Marks Major Change in Workers’ Compensation Law

Prior to June 20, 2017, a powerful tool was available to employers and workers’ compensation carriers to cap exposure on long term workers’ compensation claims. That tool, provided by the Act 44 amendments in 1996, was...more

Sensient To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Dried Food Producer Violated Federal Law by Denying Accommodations and Discharging Employees with Disabilities, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC, a division of Sensient...more

Ninth Circuit Holds ADA Certified Class Has Standing to Challenge Facilities Not Personally Visited by Plaintiff

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff, seeking declarative and injunctive relief, brought a putative class action alleging that the city and county of San Francisco failed to comply with certain requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act,...more

Legal Alert: A New Opinion in Clemmons v. Lowe’s Home Center and the Law of Unintended Consequences

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

The Supreme Court withdrew its opinion in Clemmons v. Lowe’s Home Center and replaced it with a new opinion. The Court removed the language regarding the fact that Clemmons was actually working at the time of the hearing and,...more

Utah Is a New Hotbed of ADA Title III Federal Suits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Utah businesses are experiencing an unprecedented number of ADA Title III lawsuits....more

IREs Held as Unconstitutional in Workers’ Compensation Cases

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week drastically altered the landscape for workers’ compensation carriers and created future uncertainties when it struck down aspects of the Workers’ Compensation Act....more

Department of Labor Finalizes Claims and Appeals Regulations for Disability Benefits

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued final regulations that change the claims and appeals procedures for disability benefits provided by ERISA plans. The final rules are...more

Dear Littler: Do I Really Have to Let an Employee Bring an “Emotional Support Pig” to Work?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: One of our employees here in Iowa has requested to bring a pet pig to work for “emotional support” purposes. A pig! In a factory! Do I need to entertain her request? And if so, what do I tell other employees?...more

Sixth Circuit Signs Off On EEOC Subpoena In UPS Disability Discrimination Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. District Court’s decision granting the EEOC’s application to enforce a subpoena in a disability discrimination investigation, finding that company-wide...more

Saved – Or Sunk – By the Job Description?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

A job description identifying essential job functions can be an employer’s best friend—if drafted correctly. Two recent cases illustrate the importance of accurate job descriptions.Eddy Reyes was a sales representative for a...more

Kentucky Fried Chicken Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Owner Fired Employee for Taking Prescribed Medications for Bipolar Disorder, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Hester Foods, Inc., the operator of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant franchise in Dublin, Ga., violated...more

Employment News - June 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

Keep it for later – European Court's Advocate General issues Opinion that the right to paid leave can be carried over if employer has not offered it - According to the preliminary Opinion of the European Court in The Sash...more

Scottsdale Car Dealership to Pay $45,000 To Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Bell Lexus and The Berge Group Refused to Hire Woman Because of a Prescription Drug She Took for Her Disability, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - Two Scottsdale, Ariz., companies will pay $45,000 and furnish other relief...more

High School Teacher Is Determined To Not Be Disabled After She Accepts Another Teaching Position

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Sharon Walker (“Walker”), a high school business teacher, brought suit against the Pulaski County Special School District (“PCSSD”) claiming that she had been discriminated against and retaliated against because of her...more

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