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Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Breadth Of The Rehabilitation Act

Recently, a split has continued among the Circuit Courts as to whether Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act permits employment discrimination suits by independent contractors. On February 1, 2016, the Fifth Circuit joined...more

Are You Training Your Teachers on Trauma-Informed Practices?

The Compton Unified School District in California is currently defending itself in a unique federal court lawsuit brought by students who allege that by failing to properly address the symptoms of complex, personal trauma...more

Employment Law Commentary, January 2016

Alcoholism And Disability Discrimination: Lessons From The USC Coach’s Case - If you have never dealt with an employee who is an alcoholic, rest assured, you will. Alcoholism has been described as the single largest,...more

P.H. Glatfelter to Pay $180,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Paper Manufacturer Screened Out Individuals With Disabilities Based on Unlawful Qualification Standard, Federal Agency Said - PHILADELPHIA - P.H. Glatfelter Company, a global paper manufacturer headquartered in York,...more

Downriver Community Services Will Pay $31,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Federally-Qualified Health Center Denied Counselor a Reasonable Accommodation, Terminated Her, Then Refused to Rehire Her Because of a Herniated Disc, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Downriver Community Services will...more

What Tips the Scale? Obesity as a Perceived Disability Under the ADA

Employers often call with questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they navigate when and how to make reasonable accommodations for employees with known disabilities. Most are generally familiar with the...more

EEOC Issues Guidance Directed Specifically to HIV Positive Employees and Their Physicians

On December 1, 2015, in conjunction with World AIDS Day, the EEOC issued two documents addressing the legal rights available to employees with HIV/AIDS under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)....more

Seventh Circuit Slams The “Brakes” On The EEOC’s Appeal Of AutoZone ADA Defeat

As we have previously noted, the EEOC continues to push the envelope on many fronts, including new theories/arguments in cases brought under Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (“ADA”), such as its...more

DOJ Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Access of Emotional Support Animal to University Housing

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) reached a $145,000 settlement over claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on January 4, 2016. In 2014, DOJ initiated a lawsuit against...more

Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

The Americans with Disabilities Act, as Amended ("ADA"), and the Arizona Civil Rights Act ("ACRA") require employers with 15 or more employees to provide "reasonable accommodations" to employees with a qualifying...more

Trojan Travails: Coach Sarkisian’s Alcoholism-Discrimination Lawsuit Against USC

Readers have been clamoring for my take on the alcoholism-discrimination lawsuit filed by Steve Sarkisian against the University of Southern California. Actually, I got one email from a reader, who had a better take on...more

Employer May Eliminate Light Duty Job

In Dunderdale v. United Airlines, the employee suffered from a back injury that prevented him from performing any heavy lifting. The employer assigned him to a light duty position – sitting at a computer scanning bags as they...more

“Deaf Culture” Expert to Testify at Trial? Judge Allows EEOC to Test the Limits

In the last couple of years, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has prosecuted at least 12 lawsuits on behalf of deaf or hard-of-hearing employees or...more

Living with HIV: Employer Obligations under the ADA

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, the EEOC released two new publications designed to assist employees and their health care providers in handling HIV/AIDS in the workplace. The new publications got us (and some other...more

EEOC Issues Publications on the Rights of Job Applicants and Employees Who Have HIV Infection

User-Friendly Documents for Doctors and Individuals Living With HIV Infection Explain Workplace Protections Under the Americans with Disabilities Act - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Extra Paperwork Triggers EEOC to File ADA Suit in South Carolina

The EEOC recently filed a disability discrimination suit in a South Carolina federal court (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Correct Care Solutions, LLC). The complaint alleges that Correct Care Solutions, LLC,...more

EEOC Has Attendance Point Systems in its Sights

Attendance point systems undoubtedly have appeal. These policies — often referred to as “no fault attendance policies” because they assign points to absences regardless of the cause — take the subjectivity out of...more

Jury Sides with FedEx in ADA Failure to Accommodate Case

For those of you who think the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means you have to do whatever a disabled employee wants, I bring good news from of all sources, a jury in California. This case had it all—an employee...more

Employers Need to Consider Accommodation Requests Made at Any Time During a Disabled Employee’s Employment

Can an employer simply ignore a request by a disabled employee for an accommodation made in a meeting that could lead to the employee’s termination? A recent federal case from Wisconsin says no. In the case, the former...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

DAP Products Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Construction Products Manufacturer Fired Capable Worker Because of Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - DAP Products, Inc., a Dallas-based business and a leading manufacturer of home repair and construction...more

Something is Rotten at the Pork Roll Company … and it’s not the Pork Rolls: Flatulent Employee (and his Wife) Bring Claims for...

Is passing gas now protected by our anti-discrimination laws? Over the past several years, we have written extensively about the possibility of obesity discrimination lawsuits becoming the next wave of disability...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

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

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