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Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

Employer’s Refusal To Allow Rescission of an Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Constitute Adverse Employment Action Under...

In Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, (No. B275225, filed 4/19/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held absent evidence an employee’s resignation was coerced, an...more

American Dental Association to Pay $1.95 Million to Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

Federal Agency Found Reasonable Cause to Believe Two Association Execs Were Discharged in Retaliation for Voicing Concerns About Potential Discrimination - CHICAGO - The American Dental Association, which is...more

Sensitivity to Electromagnetic Voltage Not a “Disability” Under the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment dismissing a former employee’s claim that he was terminated because of his purported disability, “sensitivity to electromagnetic voltage.” Hirmiz v....more

EEOC and Orion Energy Systems, Inc. Settle Wellness Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On April 5, 2017 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had reached a settlement with Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (Orion) relating to the EEOC’s claims that Orion’s wellness program violated the...more

NC Court of Appeals Says Attempted ADA Accommodation Can Be Terminated Based on Effects on Coworkers

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) encourages employers to engage in an interactive process with disabled employees to determine if there are reasonable accommodations that allow the employee to perform the essential...more

“Ignorance” May Not Be Bliss: Court Denies Employer’s Motion for Summary Judgment on an ADA Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Preeson v. Parkview Medical Center, a federal court in Colorado denied Defendant’s motion for summary dismissal of a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Plaintiff alleged, in relevant part, that her...more

Is Hiring the Most-Qualified Candidate Reasonable? Two Recent Decisions Say Yes

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: For several years now, employers and the EEOC have been at odds over whether employers must automatically reassign a disabled employee to an open position as a reasonable accommodation, or whether employers...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

Employer Will Have to Do Heavy Lifting After Court Denies Motion for Summary Judgment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Crain v. Roseville Rehabilitation and Health Care, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment dismissing a claim under the Americans with...more

“Goldilocks” Work Environment Not Required Under the ADA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Just over two decades ago, when the ADA was in its infancy and this blogger was a summer associate heading into his final year of law school, I attended a hearing in federal court where the judge was considering a motion to...more

“The Bermuda Triangle” ADA-FMLA-Workers’ Comp Quiz

(DEAR READERS: I know that using “Bermuda Triangle” to refer to issues involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and workers’ compensation is corny, trite, stale, and overdone. But I’m...more

Fear Not: Employees’ Phobias May Not Relieve Them of Essential Job Duties

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

From agoraphobia to xenophobia, employers should be well aware that there is a long list of phobias—including more common disorders such as social anxiety disorder—that can be considered disabilities under the Americans with...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

Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In May 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act” The EEOC published the guidance as it observed a “troubling trend:” employment...more

Be Careful With That! – Second Circuit Dismisses Failure to Accommodate Claim Brought by “Needle Phobic” Pharmacist

On March 21, 2017, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former Rite Aid pharmacist’s claim against Rite Aid for refusing to accommodate his “needle phobia.” In 2011, Rite Aid altered the job description for its...more

March Preparedness: Inadequate Employee Training May Cause Even the Best Employers to Suffer an Upset

Employers implement employee training programs for a variety of reasons, such as furthering professional development and improving poor performance, ensuring compliance with information security protocols and competence using...more

What Pretext? The Tenth Circuit Shows the Value in Trucking & Transportation Employers Citing to Safety and Customer Complaints to...

by Genova Burns LLC on

On March 10, 2017, the Tenth Circuit in Henson v. AmeriGas Propane, Inc., no.: 16-7057, declined to revive a discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuit in finding that the lower court was correct in its holding that that...more

EEOC Charlotte District Office Pilots Online Inquiry and Appointment System for The Public

New System Provides Online Interaction With the Federal Agency - CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is one of five offices that will pilot the EEOC...more

Can We Lawfully Terminate an Employee After He Submits a Vague Doctor's Note Seeking an Extension of Leave? In a Word, Yes.

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

An employee’s 12 weeks of FMLA leave has exhausted, and over the past several weeks, he’s provided you a series of vague doctor’s notes typically containing nothing more than a one-liner extending his medical leave of absence...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

Employer Requirements in Regard to Permitting Employees to Bring Service Dogs to Work

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In a recently filed lawsuit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CRST International Inc. and CRST Expedited Inc., the EEOC alleges that CRST violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by denying an...more

You Don’t Look Like You Are From Around Here: EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

If you weren’t sure what it meant to discriminate against someone because of their national origin, the EEOC wants to help. The newly revised Section 13 of the EEOC Field Manual provides guidance on how the EEOC defines...more

C&A Tool Engineering to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Withdrew Job Offer Based on Mistaken Assumptions About Applicant's Vision, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - C&A Tool Engineering Inc., a manufacturing-tooling company in Churubusco, Ind., will pay $35,000...more

Florida Employers: Here Comes Medical Marijuana – Are You Ready?

Florida voters turned out in droves to pass Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana. This Constitutional Amendment greatly expanded what was once a very narrow right in Florida to be treated with low dose THC cannabis....more

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