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Fifth Circuit Issues First of Several Pro-Employee Decisions: ADA Accommodations Need not Relate to Essential Job Functions

The Fifth Circuit, which covers federal district courts from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, has been busy recently issuing decisions in the employment law arena. Surprisingly, many of these decisions from this...more

Recent ADA Decision Might Signal Broadening of the ADA’s Accommodation Provisions

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not limited to job modifications that enable an employee to perform essential job...more

The Working Paper - June 2013

In This Issue: - New York State Raises Minimum Wage - New York City Bans Discrimination Against the Unemployed - Employee Evaluations Play Crucial Role in Defending Against Discrimination Claims - EEOC Says...more

The Working Paper - June 2013: Court Rules That On-Time Arrival at Work May Not Be an Essential Function of an Employee’s Job

Most employers likely think that on-time arrival at work is an essential function of an employee’s job. However, a federal appeals court recently ruled that may not always be the case. In McMillan v. City of New York, 711...more

Timely Arrival At Work Not Always An Essential Job Function

In a case involving a schizophrenic employee whose medication caused him to feel drowsy and sluggish in the morning, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that on-time arrival at work is not always an essential job...more

Employer Has No Obligation to Provide “Light Duty” Assignment Under FMLA or ADA

Employers often assign light duty to employees who are returning to work after recuperating from illnesses or injuries. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held, however, that neither the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

California Employer Should Have Engaged In Interactive Process Before Firing Employee

Prock v. Tamura Corp. of America, No. E054185 (January 25, 2013): In an unpublished opinion, a California Court of Appeal recently overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit where the employee was fired while on a leave of absence...more

Is Being On Time an Essential Function of Job? Second Circuit Says Most Times But Not Always

Let’s start with the premise, as the Second Circuit does, that “In many, if not most, employment contexts, a timely arrival is an essential function of the position, and a plaintiff’s inability to arrive on time would result...more

Disability Discrimination Claim Failed Where Employee Admitted Her Disability Made It Impossible For Her To Fulfill Her Job Duties

An employee brought a lawsuit against her employer claiming disability discrimination after she was terminated from her employment. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the employee could not...more

Police Department Is Not Required To Rehire Disabled Officer Who Is No Longer Able To Perform Essential Functions Of The Job

In Liu v. City and County of San Francisco (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 1 Dist., December 11, 2012), a California court of appeal considered whether a city police department violated the California Fair Employment and...more

Employee’s Request to Move from Rotating Shift to Straight Shift not a “Reasonable Accommodation” under the ADA

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed an issue of concern frequently raised by employers: whether allowing an employee to move from rotating shifts to straight daytime work is a required “reasonable...more

An Indefinite Exemption From The Essential Functions Of A Job Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

An issue that confounds employers on a regular basis is whether the discharge of an employee who is unable to return to work after a medical leave will violate the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Most employers...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 07, 2011

In this issue: California Employer Allowed to Pursue Defamation Action Against Protesting Employees; Payroll Company Not an Employer Under the California Labor Code or FLSA; PAGA Claims On The Rise – Suitable Seating Just...more

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