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Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 2 of 11 – What do the Ice Bucket Challenge and FMLA-Related Lawsuits Have in Common?

$113.6 million and counting – that’s the total amount donated to the ALS Association since July 29 as a result of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Just to put that fundraising number into perspective, the Association raised around...more

EEOC Sues McLeod Health for Disability Discrimination

Non-Profit Medical Institution Subjected Employee to Illegal Medical Examinations And Fired Her in Violation of Federal Law, Federal Agency Charges - FLORENCE, S.C. - McLeod Health, Inc., a South Carolina regional...more

Sixth Circuit Says Manufacturer's Testing for Legally Prescribed Drugs May Not be Prohibited ADA Medical Exam

Americans’ use of prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety medications and other drugs with psychotropic effects has exploded over the past decade. Many of these medications include warnings for persons who take them with...more

EEOC Challenges Overbroad Medical Releases In Lawsuit Against Cummins Power

Company Violated Two Federal Laws by Making Invasive and Irrelevant Inquiries Through Its Medical Releases, Federal Agency Charges - MINNEAPOLIS - Shoreview, Minn.-based Cummins Power Generation violated federal law by...more

EEOC Disability Case Against Sony to Proceed, Federal Judge Orders

Judge Also Refuses to Admit Evidence Sony Collected in Violation of HIPAA - CHICAGO - U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel of the Northern District of Illinois has issued an order denying a motion by Sony for a pre-trial...more

Medical review officers can help eliminate disability discrimination claim

Oklahoma consistently ranks at or near the top of all states when it comes to prescription drug abuse. The prescription rate for opioids (i.e., painkillers) in Oklahoma is among the highest in the nation, and the state also...more

Popeye's Chicken Franchisee to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discirmination Lawsuit

Longview Fast Food Restaurant Refused to Hire HIV-Positive Applicant Despite His Qualifications, Federal Agency Charged - TYLER, Texas - Famous Chicken of Shreveport, L.L.C. a Popeye's Chicken franchisee, has agreed to...more

BREAKING: 6th Circuit Will Rehear Ford Telecommuting/Reasonable Accommodation Case

Law 360 reports this morning that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has agreed to rehear the EEOC v. Ford Motor Co. case, which I reported on (and disagreed with) in April. The original decision, holding that...more

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation Pays $20,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Now Known as RockTenn CP, LLC Fired Employee Because of His Disability, Federal Agency Charged - FLORENCE, S.C. - RockTenn CP, LLC formerly known as Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, will pay $20,000 and...more

Illinois Amends the Human Rights Act to Provide Greater Protections Regarding Pregnancy

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 8 (the amendments), which amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (the Act) to provide greater protections to applicants and employees who are or become...more

EEOC Sick Over Wellness Programs

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against an employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) related to its maintenance of a wellness program. Although far from a...more

Court Upholds Employer’s Inflexible Leave Policy

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a number of lawsuits against companies with inflexible leave policies, claiming the policies are discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Sexy ADA Issue: Bad Breakup May Not Justify Employer-Mandated Medical Exam

Rarely does one get a case that involves a cutting-edge Americans with Disabilities Act issue combined with wild, crazy, passionate, irrationally exuberant, tempestuous, adulterous romance. Well, folks, today is your lucky...more

The Boss Just Wanted to Help

Assuming that psychological counseling might be a “medical examination” under the ADA, when may an employer require an employee to get counseling as a condition of continued employment? A recent 6th Circuit case provides some...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Orion Energy Wellness Program and Related Firing of Employee

Steep Penalties for Not Participating Said to Make Program Involuntary and Violate Disabilities Act - MILWAUKEE -- Manitowoc, Wis.-based Orion Energy Systems violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to...more

Employers: Be Vigilant About ADA Compliance During the Hiring Process

While certain job duties may legitimately require that employers screen applicants and employees for medical conditions, organizations risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and incurring serious legal...more

Termination of Police Officer Whose ADHD Limits Ability to Get Along With Others Does Not Violate ADA, Ninth Circuit Says

In Weaving v. City of Hillsboro (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Or.), August 15, 2014), the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to decide whether, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the city...more

Post on Personal Facebook Page May Violate the ADA

A recent federal court decision underscores the importance of ADA compliance and medical confidentiality. In this case, an employer could end up being liable because an employee posted confidential medical information...more

How The ADA Impacts Your Hiring

Most employers understand their fundamental obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect against disability discrimination and to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled employees,...more

Do Recent Events Impact Your Discrimination and Harassment Training?

You’ve probably already heard about President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT workplace discrimination. The question is, how will it impact you and your organization? Have you heard that the EEOC recently...more

EEOC Issues Much-Anticipated Guidelines On Pregnancy Discrimination: Few Surprises, But Good Reminders

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is charged with enforcing the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, issued guidance on an employer's light duty and leave obligations under the law. First,...more

Controversy Surrounds EEOC’s Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its controversial Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, discussing pregnant employees’ rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination...more

A Game-Changing Decision? Sending FMLA Notices to Employees by U.S. Mail May Not Cut It Anymore

With all the FMLA paperwork that a leave administrator has to provide an employee during the FMLA process, you’d wonder whether you’re attending a real estate closing. All these documents — whether it’s the Notice of...more

‘Steering Clear of ADA Drive-By Lawsuits’: Three Tips For Better Managing ADA-Related Risk

When I defend Virginia property owners in lawsuits involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), certain plaintiffs greet me warmly as I walk up to depose them. Why? Because we have seen each other so many times we are...more

Timing Is Everything: Employee Can Advance Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

On the heels of the EEOC’s recent guidance on pregnancy discrimination, a federal court has determined that an employee who was terminated based on future pregnancy-related job restrictions may proceed to trial on her...more

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