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Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, “update your job descriptions?” Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, “I feel like that’s tattooed on my brain.” ...more

EEOC increases pregnancy discrimination enforcement

by GableGotwals on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is making pregnancy discrimination a priority. Since 2017 started, the commission has settled four lawsuits, totaling more than $400,000 in plaintiff relief. It’s become one of...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

Federal District Court Rules Federal Protections Expanded For Transgendered Employees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

According to one federal court judge, a transgendered former employee can proceed with an employment discrimination case under the American With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) alleging that she was mistreated and fired based on her...more

Interviewing An Individual With A Visible Disability: From The Employer’s Perspective

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a recent Q&A on the “Ask a Manager” blog, an individual wrote in to say that she had a genetic disorder requiring the use of a cane for walking and ring braces for finger stability. Although she had been public about her...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

When Is Reassignment To An Intermittent Position Required As An ADA Accommodation?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) generally requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled employees so that they can perform the essential duties of their jobs. This is not news. But what if no...more

Wearables And Wellness: Considerations For Connected Employers

Wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness trackers have become increasingly popular as the technology matures and the devices become more affordable. Many forward-thinking employers, with an eye towards controlling...more

Restraining Unruly Children As An Essential Job Element: Expected In Secondary Schools But Not At A Youth Detention Center? A...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a recent blog post, I discussed the fact that under the reasonable accommodation provisions of the ADA, employers generally are not required to provide their employees with a stress-free work environment or one that...more

In Landmark Decision, Federal District Court Holds the ADA Protects Gender Dysphoria

by Clark Hill PLC on

In Blatt v. Cabela's Retail, Inc., No. 5:14-CV-04822 (E.D. Pa. May 18, 2017), a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania allowed a transgender plaintiff to pursue a claim against the outdoor retail chain under...more

Gender Dysphoria: Is It An ADA-Protected Disability?

As our readers know, discrimination against transgender individuals is often treated as sex discrimination under Title VII, as a form of unlawful “sex stereotyping.” But is it also a “disability” within the meaning of...more

Second-Guessing The Advice Columns On Workplace Law — Again!

I’m going to have to make this a regular series. A few weeks ago, I posted about an “Ask Amy” column involving a bullying boss, which I thought had really poor employment law advice. (To her credit, Amy posted not one,...more

Is Distress Over Your Assigned Gender a Disability?

District Court Narrowly Construes the ADA to Allow a Transgender Employee to Pursue Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Pennsylvania District Court Judge Joseph F. Leeson recently ruled that the Americans with Disabilities...more

Midyear Peek: What Has The EEOC Been Up To In FY 2017?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Reviewing the EEOC’s case filings during the first half of the Commission’s fiscal year may already reveal some surprising trends, most notably a sharp uptick in the total number of case filings – up 75%...more

Fourth Circuit Decision Reiterates That Filling Employee’s Position During Leave And Re-Assigning Employee To A Different But...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employer had done nothing wrong when it (i) filled the plaintiff’s position during his leave, (ii) restored the plaintiff to a different, but equivalent,...more

UPCO Will Pay $106,000 For Disability Discrimination

Company's Improper Use of Pre-Employment Medical Exam Screened Out Qualified Employee, Federal Agency Charged - ST. LOUIS - A Claremore, Okla.-based manufacturer of sucker rods and accessories for the oil and gas...more

Federal Judge Rules that Transgender Employee's ADA Claim May Proceed

by FordHarrison on

On May 18, 2017, in the first decision of its kind, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that transgender people are not categorically barred from protection by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they suffer...more

12 Months of Additional ADA Leave Not Reasonable, Court Says - Three Lessons to Be Learned From 1st Circuit Decision

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal appellate court recently ruled that an employee’s request for 12 months of additional medical leave was not reasonable, and thereby upheld the dismissal of her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit against...more

IXL Learning Sued by EEOC for Retaliation

Employee Fired for Posting About Discrimination on Glassdoor.com, Federal Agency Charges - SAN FRANCISCO - Educational technology company IXL Learning Inc. violated federal law when it retaliated against an employee for...more

Legislative Update: Pregnancy Discrimination Protections Under State Law Changing?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Connecticut House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that would greatly expand the already broad anti-discrimination provision that exist under Connecticut law. The bill, House Bill...more

Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make in Employment Applications

Employment applications—almost every employer in the country uses them. They can seem innocuous, but they contain a number of minefields of which employers should be aware....more

Carolina Creek to Pay $70,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Suit

Christian Camp Demoted Employee Because of Her Pregnancy and a Related Complication, Then Fired Her for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - Carolina Creek Christian Camp, Inc., a Huntsville, Texas-area...more

Arkansas Legislature Adds Employer Protections To Medical Marijuana Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In November 2016, Arkansas passed a constitutional amendment (Amendment 98) establishing a medical marijuana program. The legislature recently added provisions to the law, resulting in significant protections for Arkansas...more

Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code Does Not Incorporate ADA’s Prohibition on Release of Confidential Health Information

Texas courts interpreting Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code generally attempt to interpret it consistently with federal anti-discrimination laws and frequently look to federal court decisions for guidance. However,...more

Employment Law - May 2017

What Is a “Workplace”? California Appellate Court Considers - Why it matters - A California appellate panel considered the issue of the location of a “workplace” for purposes of employer liability when an employee got...more

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