Light-Duty Positions

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Light Duty Takes Hard Hit

Many employers have what they call “light duty” policies whereby they allow employees to continue working even though the employees are unable to perform some of the essential functions of their jobs. Very few employers can...more

“Light Duty” Work Assignments in Doubt: Supreme Court Adopts New Pregnancy Discrimination Standard Affecting Manufacturers

The United States Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, (U.S. Sup. Ct., March 24, 2015), in which the Court set forth a new standard for litigating pregnancy discrimination...more

Lessons Learned from the EEOC's Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

A pregnant nursing assistant for a long term care facility gives her employer a doctor’s note with a 20 pound lifting restriction for the duration of her pregnancy. The job requires her to lift in excess of 50 pounds on a...more

Pregnancy-Blind Light Duty Policy Not Enough To Obtain Summary Judgment On Pregnancy Discrimination Claim In New Sixth Circuit...

The Sixth Circuit recently held that a certified nursing assistant (CNA) should be permitted to take her Pregnancy Discrimination Act claim to trial even though the employer terminated her based on its facially neutral policy...more

Permanent Work Restrictions Aren't Always Permanent for Nevada Work Injuries

Here's an excellent question by someone posting a comment to my post about the difference between temporary light duty and permanent light duty - Do Permanent Work Restrictions (light duty) follow me once my case is...more

Cop Moved Off Her Beat and Onto FMLA Leave

A police officer in a small town asked for light duty after she hurt her foot off duty. The chief refused because there was no light duty available, the force had only provided it in the past to officers with work related...more

Legislation Roundup: Maryland General Assembly Mandates that Employers Provide "Light Duty" to Pregnant Disabled Women, Leave for...

In May 2013, Governor Martin O'Malley signed three noteworthy statutes that will affect virtually every Maryland employer. Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must provide their pregnant...more

Ostracism and Petty Mistreatments May Collectively Rise to the Level of Hostile Work Environment for Light Duty Employee

A female plumber on “light duty” in the city of Chicago’s Department of Sewers filed a lawsuit alleging that her supervisor assigned menial work to her, prohibited her co-workers from interacting with her, and subjected her...more

To Terminate or Not to Terminate. . . That is the Question

The Facts – “What Happened?”: The plaintiff, Ms. Mocic, worked as an EMT for the employer/defendant (SCEMS) for almost four years. She became pregnant in 2009. She requested and was granted an apparently uneventful...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

No Violation of FMLA to Refuse Request for Light Duty Before Return to Work

Employers sometimes offer light duty work to employees who are recuperating from injuries, illnesses, or other medical conditions, when they cannot yet perform the essential functions of their jobs. Employers may have a...more

Permanent “Light-Duty” Position Not Reasonable Accommodation for Disabled Employee Under the ADA

In an unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the dismissal of a case in favor of an employer who refused to convert a temporary light-duty position into a permanent job for a disabled...more

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