Reasonable Accommodation

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Nursing Mother's USDOL Claim Settled

The U.S. Labor Department reports that a temporary-staffing employee has received $1,152 in back-wages and unspecified "other damages" for what it contended was a violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section...more

Quirky Question #267: An Equine Accommodation?

Question: Our employee regularly uses a service dog in our office, which helps him with stability and maintaining balance around the office, which can be challenging for him due to several medical conditions he has. However,...more

BREAKING: Young And UPS Settle Pregnancy Lawsuit

Law360 reported this morning that Peggy Young and United Parcel Service have settled their pregnancy discrimination/accommodation case that went to the Supreme Court, resulting in this decision from last March. The Supreme...more

EEOC Sues Physicians’ Specialty Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Refused to Accommodate Nurse With Seizure Disorder, Federal Agency Charges - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A physician-owned hospital in Fayetteville, Ark., violated federal law by failing to accommodate a nurse with a...more

Emory University Hospital Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation to an Employee After Emergency Surgery, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Emory University Hospital, which operates in midtown Atlanta, violated federal law by...more

Double Whammy For Employer Who Won’t Accommodate Pregnancy — But Will The EEOC’s Case Survive?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit last week in a federal court in Pennsylvania against Landis Communities (retirement communities), claiming that Landis unlawfully refused to accommodate the pregnancy and...more

New Protection For Pregnant Employees

For decades, the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act has protected pregnant employees from termination or other adverse job action on account of pregnancy. Now, the Rhode Island General Assembly has taken pregnancy...more

Supreme Court Ruling Endangers Ignorance Defense

Until now, job application and interview questions that reveal applicants’ protected characteristics have been strongly discouraged. In an economy where dozens of people apply for a vacant job posting, knowing too much about...more

EEOC Sues Piercing Pagoda for Disability Discrimination

Major Jewelry RetailerFired Disabled Manager Rather Than Let Her Sit Intermittently, Federal Agency Charges - GREENVILLE, N.C. - Zale Delaware, Inc. dba Piercing Pagoda, a major jewelry retailer based in Irving, Texas,...more

E-MDS, Inc. Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination

Company Failed to Provide Disabled Pregnant Employee With Accommodation and Subsequently Fired Her While on Maternity Leave, Federal Agency Charged - AUSTIN, Texas - E-MDS, Inc., an Austin-based business which provides...more

Changes to Pay Structure in Lieu of Requested Accommodations May Violate ADA and FMLA

Employers that receive requests for accommodation made by a disabled employee must remain careful about making significant changes to that employee’s terms and conditions of employment prior to concluding review and...more

State Employment Laws That Every Virginia Employer Should Know

Keeping track of the latest changes to federal employment laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), to name just a few, is hard...more

EEOC Sues Methodist Health System for Disability Discrimination

Patient Care Technician With Back Injury Denied Transfer to a Job She Could Perform, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS - Methodist Health System and Methodist Charlton Medical Center, also known as Charlton Methodist...more

Wearable Technology: Rewards and Risks

Wearables will soon be everywhere. They’ll be on our wrists, around our waists, arms, and fingers, in our shoes, and embedded in our uniforms. Wearable technology promises great things for employers, but like all technology...more

Tucson-Area Trucking Company CTI to Pay $300,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation to Class of Individuals with Disabilities Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - CTI, Inc., a Tucson-area regional trucking company, will pay $300,000 and furnish other...more

Employers’ Bundle of Joy: The Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Mandatory Reasonable Accommodation Law for Pregnant and Nursing...

On June 25, 2015, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed and Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed legislation making it an unlawful employment practice under the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act for an employer to refuse...more

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

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

With the recent expansion of legislation permitting the production, sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes, employers should begin to think about crafting a policy which addresses medical marijuana use in their...more

New Urgent Question: Does Your Website Accommodate Disabled Users?

Your business, school or enterprise has an obligation under the law to accommodate handicapped people in accessing your facilities. As more business moves to the Web, the U.S. Justice Department is increasingly finding that...more

Allowing an Employee to Work a Shorter Shift May Be a Reasonable Accommodation

A recent federal district court decision is a good reminder that an employer needs to explore all options before denying an accommodation request, including whether it can go back to an employment practice it has changed and...more

Sensient Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Dried Food Producer Unlawfully Discharged Workers After Denying Extended Leave of Absence for Disability-Related Needs, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC, a producer of dried...more

What employers need to know about transgender discrimination

Recent developments in the area of transgender rights should put employers on notice that government agencies are serious about eliminating this type of discrimination. DOJ steps in to sue university in Oklahoma...more

Conscientious Objectors in the Workplace

Recently, the news has been filled with employees who refuse to perform their duties based on political, moral, or religious beliefs. Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex...more

Accommodations Legalese: 5 Key Terms Every Employer Should Know

It’s true in other areas of employment law as well, but in the world of disability discrimination law there are numerous phrases that have taken on special meaning and become true terms of art. Even those who are well-versed...more

[Event] Retail Best Practices: Accommodating Disabilities with Acumen, Protecting Data with Diligence, and Avoiding Class Actions...

Topics covered will include: Accommodating Disabilities in The Retail Work Environment: A discussion of recent developments under the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act impacting...more

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