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Making a Reasonable Accommodation: Walgreens and the $1.37 Question

A California federal court denied Walgreen Co.’s motion for summary judgment on April 11, 2014, in a disability discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC v. Walgreen Co., 2014 U.S. Dist....more

Where is the Internet?

Is the Internet a place? Apparently, no one’s entirely sure, but one federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to figure it out in the context of a lawsuit that is pending against Cable News Network....more

Irregular Attendance May Render An Employee With A Disability "Unqualified"

In a recent case, Daniel Mecca v. Florida Health Services Center, Inc., Case No. 8:12-cv-02561 (M.D. Fla. February 3, 2014), a federal court in Florida held that where regular attendance is an "essential function" of a...more

Banks Previously Sued in Title III ADA Class Action Lawsuits Now Getting Sued Again in Second Wave of Accessibility Lawsuits

A Pittsburgh-based law firm, which has filed more than 100 class action lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in federal district courts throughout the United States against banks on behalf of a...more

You May Think They Are Disabled But That Doesn’t Mean You “Regarded“ Them as Disabled

While the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) made it easier for employees to state a claim that he or she was “regarded as” having a disability, a recent decision from a federal court highlights...more

Temporary Accommodation Does Not Waive ADA "Essential Functions" Defense

Good employers often attempt to provide support for employees who are facing personal issues. Such was the case when Selena Hancock developed a nerve condition that prevented her from lifting more than 20 pounds. Although an...more

Employment Newsletter - February 2014: Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation: A Remote Possibility?

In recent years, many employers have shied away from telecommuting programs and arrangements, believing employees cannot perform their jobs as effectively from home or be adequately supervised while working remotely. Disputes...more

Accommodating A Disabled Condominium Unit Owner

The Ontario Human Rights Code provides protections and rights to persons with disabilities. Where a condominium resident provides sufficient evidence that he or she suffers from a disability attracting the protection of the...more

Commercial Foreclosures and the Impact of the ADA

A. Statutory Overview When foreclosing on commercial properties, lenders and servicers must assess the liabilities to which they may be exposing themselves under various state and federal laws and regulations. One such...more

U.S. District Judge Orders Creighton University To Accommodate Deaf Medical Student

A U.S. District Court judge last week ordered Creighton University to provide a medical student who is deaf with auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, including Communication Access Real-time Transcription...more

No Duty to Explore Cause of Poor Performance Absent Notice of Correlation to Disability

A federal district court in Washington refused to require an employer, absent some notice from an employee of the need to do so, to investigate the cause of the employee’s poor performance to explore whether it might be...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 4, December 2013: New Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014

The Affordable Care Act has dominated the headlines of employment newsletters (justifiably) for the last six months. It will continue to be an area of focus for all employers. But don’t lose sight of the fact that all the...more

Compliance Reminder – Accessibilty For Ontarians With Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) has been around for a while. So what’s the big deal now?...more

Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association Seminar Summary

On October 29 and November 12, members of Pullman & Comley, LLC’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department presented an intensive seminar to the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association. Significant...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: What's An "Individualized Analysis" – And Why Should I Care?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) poses ongoing compliance challenges and attracts significant attention from plaintiffs' lawyers and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The resulting litigation...more

New York's Highest Court: Indefinite Leave Not Reasonable Under State Law, But Could Be Under NYC Law

In a decision that is both favorable to and disadvantageous for New York State employers, the New York Court of Appeals has ruled that indefinite leave is not a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities under the...more

EEOC Sues Saint Joseph’s Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Refused to Accommodate Nurse's Disability, Refused to Reassign, Then Terminated Her, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - Saint Joseph's Hospital, part of the BayCare Health System, the second-largest...more

Banks Face Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Noncompliance With ADA Regulations Governing ATMs

More than 100 nearly identical class action lawsuits alleging noncompliance with Americans with Disability Act accessibility standards for ATM machines have been filed against banks and credit unions since new standards went...more

New York State’s Highest Court Confirms that a Request for Indefinite Leave May Constitute a Reasonable Accommodation Under the...

The New York Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court – is out with a new decision this week addressing our favorite statutory friend (foe?), the New York City Human Rights Law – this time in the context of a disability...more

What's the One Thing Missing from Most Employee Handbooks?

In your experience, what's the one thing most employers overlook when putting together an employee handbook? The answer to that question depends on whom you ask - and, for a legal perspective, we put it to leading employment...more

Fifth Circuit Says Designated Parking Space May Be Reasonable Accommodation

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a request for a reserved, free on-site parking space could have been a request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) even though...more

Quirky Question #209, Obesity as a Disability under MT Law

We are in Montana and a very obese woman recently applied for a manager position. The position is more physical than most in that there is significant walking between facilities, and the candidate must climb ladders to view...more

EEOC Sues Upper Chesapeake Health System for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Health Care System Fired a Pulmonary Function Technologist After She Requested an Accommodation and Filed a Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Upper Chesapeake Health System, a leading health...more

Indefinite Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation, District Of New Jersey Holds

In Bourhill v. Nextel of New York, Inc., 2013 WL 1680140 (D.N.J. Apr. 17, 2013), an employee with a back condition was granted several consecutive leaves of absences (spanning eight months of leave), followed by an open-ended...more

Maryland Employers Soon Must Provide "Light Duty" to Pregnant Disabled Women and Update Employment Handbooks

Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must provide their pregnant employees with certain reasonable accommodations beyond the requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)...more

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