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Labor and Employment Group News: Stop Talking to Yourself: Your Employee's Obligation to Engage in the “Interactive Process” When...

Legal counsel for companies have long emphasized the importance of engaging in the “interactive process” in dealing with an employee’s request for an accommodation for a disability. We also advise that the accommodation must...more

Employers, Employees and Reasonable Accommodations: A Webinar

Tomorrow, I’ll be part of a webinar produced by the American Bar Association on reasonable accommodations under the ADA. You can still sign up here....more

Does the ADA Protect a Customer Service Agent With Dissatisfied Customers? The Ninth Circuit Says No

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against a failure-to accommodate claim brought by a customer service employee who was fired for poor performance. According to the court, the former employee, who suffered...more

Defense Strategy: Interactive Process Can Be Used To Defeat ADA Claims

Most employers are well aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires them to engage in an “interactive process” with employees or applicants who indicate they have a disability and may require some type of...more

Yes, Cher, you can ‘Turn Back Time’—you’ll just have to pay for it

By the way, if you haven’t heard, the Cubs won something called “the World Series.” Our long, national nightmare—arrogant Cubs fans—has now officially begun. Now, onto things that actually matter. This past weekend, we...more

Recent Disability Discrimination Cases Outline Employer Responsibilities

Two recent decisions regarding disability discrimination have outlined an employer’s responsibilities when dealing with a potential claim of disability and need for accommodation. These decisions offer reminders for...more

ADA/FEHA Interactive Process Issues – Debate Over Doctor’s Notes

I recently participated in a panel discussion about ADA/FEHA reasonable accommodation and interactive process issues for the LA County Bar Association. I presented on a panel with a plaintiff’s attorney and a disability...more

Safeway Will Rehire Store Clerk and Pay $27,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Grocery Store Fired Clerk Based on Disability, Federal Agency Said BALTIMORE - Safeway, Inc. will pay $27,000 in monetary damages and furnish significant equitable relief, including returning an employee to work, to...more

The Eighth Circuit & the ADA, Part II: Must a Request for Accommodation be Explicit?

In contrast to Parker v. Crete Carrier Corporation, et al, in Kowitz v. Trinity Health, et al, No. 15-1584 (October 17, 2016), a split panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment for an employer on...more

Employer Had Implied Knowledge of Employee's Need for ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Since the inception of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that employees can trigger the Act’s reasonable accommodation obligations without having to ask...more

What’s an “Implied” Request for an ADA Reasonable Accommodation?

Seyfarth Synopsis: A divided panel of the Eighth Circuit recently decided that an employer may be required to assume or infer from the circumstances that an employee is seeking a reasonable accommodation – even when no...more

Do Employers Need to Accommodate if the Employee Does Not Ask?

Most employers are aware of their obligation to explore reasonable disability accommodations when an employee asks for such a measure. But, what if the employee never asks? A new decision out of the United States Court of...more

Justice Department Settles Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Florence, Kentucky

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree with the city of Florence, Kentucky, to resolve a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the department under Title VII of the Civil...more

Sign of the Times: EEOC Settles Case of Employer Failing to Provide ASL Interpreter for Job Interview

A deaf person applies for a job and the employee who takes applications asks you “how can a deaf person do this job?” What if an essential function of the job requires interaction with the public or the ability to communicate...more

Telework Under The ADA & Other Nondiscrimination Laws

A workforce that adheres to a traditional work style, or a consistent eight-hour workday in the same location – with no offsite work or interaction with business colleagues or customers – is increasingly becoming a relic in...more

To Accommodate or not to Accommodate: How to Know if Your Employee Actually Requested a Reasonable Accommodation

A divided federal appeals court recently reminded employers that an employee’s request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) need not be explicit in order to invoke the interactive...more

McDonald's to Pay $56,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Belton, Mo., Eatery Refused to Interview Deaf Applicant, Federal Agency Charged - ST. LOUIS -- McDonald's Corporation and McDonald's Restaurants of Missouri will pay $56,500 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

Fifth Circuit Flips Grant Of Summary Judgment Against EEOC in ADA Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADA action regarding disability discrimination, the Fifth Circuit reversed a District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer and against the EEOC, noting that even though the...more

Extended Leave Under the ADA: Necessary Next Steps to Consider

Earlier this summer, I wrote an article for the July issue of our firm's L&E Newsletter, surveying cases on when an employee's request for extended medical leave is, and is not, a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. As...more

Obesity and the Americans With Disabilities Act

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied a petition for review from a case holding that morbid obesity, without an underlying physiological condition, is not a “disability” under The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Peanut Passions, The ADA, And Co-Workers Who Take An Employee’s Allergy With A Grain Of Salt

Karla Miller of the “WorkAdvice” column in the Washington Post had a doozy last week. I’m going to assume that all the people involved in this story are female. I’m probably wrong, but that will allow me to make up fake...more

Greektown Casino Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Employer Failed to Grant Leave Extension for Employee With Stress-Anxiety Disorder And Fired Him Instead, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - A Detroit casino operator violated federal law by denying a reasonable...more

Harrison Poultry to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Poultry Company Fired Manager While on Approved Leave, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Harrison Poultry, Inc., a poultry hatchery located in Bethlehem, Ga., will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

7-Eleven Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Oklahoma Chain Unlawfully Denied Reasonable Accommodations to Workers with Disabilities and Fired Them, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - Brown-Thompson General Partnership, dba 7-Eleven, a chain of Oklahoma...more

Morbidly Obese Employee Entitled to Leave of Absence As Reasonable Accommodation

A case decided by a Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Hearing Officer on September 21, 2016 serves as a reminder that, even if an employee is not entitled to paid time-off, granting leave for medical reasons may...more

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