Reasonable Accommodation Disability Discrimination

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It’s All Relative: A California Court Says Employers Must Accommodate Employees “Associated” With a Person With a Disability

In an issue of first impression, the California Court of Appeals held that employers have a duty under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to provide reasonable accommodations to an applicant or employee who...more

Employee’s Inability to Meet Job’s Attendance Requirements Divests her of ADA Protections Sixth Circuit Holds

The converging paths of the Family Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ranks among the most difficult legal issues for employers to safely traverse. Employers should think twice before...more

Court of Appeal Clarifies the FEHA Requires Reasonable Accommodations to Employees Who Are Associated With a Person with a...

In the recent Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. decision, the court held that under the California's Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"), employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for...more

Is Obesity a Disability Under the ADA Not Without Physical Impairment Eighth Circuit Rules

Obesity does not meet the definition of a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for either the discrimination or “regarded as” provisions of the statute, a panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Employee’s Failure to Participate in Interactive Process in Good Faith is Fatal to ADA Accommodation Claim, Says Washington...

The Western District of Washington recently emphasized that the obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to engage in good faith interactive dialogue when seeking an accommodation that will permit an...more

Connection to Someone With a Disability is Nearly Identical to an Actual Disability

As disability discrimination and accommodation claims continue to rise across the country, an appellate court in California may have just helped significantly expand such claims in the future by finding that an employee can...more

California Court Imposes Duty to Accommodate Non-Disabled Employees Associated With Disabled Persons

On April 4, 2016, a California Court of Appeal set new precedent in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, opining that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may require employers to reasonably...more

RockTenn to Pay $187,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Human Resources Manager Fired Because of Coronary Artery Disease, Agency Says - DETROIT - A paper and packaging manufacturer with a facility located in Battle Creek, Mich., will pay $187,500 to settle a disability...more

Courts Cut the Fat, Clarify When Obesity is a Disability Under the ADA

The ADA prohibits discrimination based upon actual or perceived medical disabilities and requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities subject to certain exceptions. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 effectively...more

EEOC Requesting Information? Be Wary What You Tell Fellow Employees

Picture this scenario: You come into your office one morning to learn that an employee has filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming that you failed to accommodate...more

Reasonable Accommodation Protections Expanded to Non-Disabled Employees

Seyfarth Synopsis: California court creates new duty to accommodate employees who, although not themselves disabled, are associated with a disabled person. The Court of Appeal decision in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable...more

California Court Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Employees Who Are “Associated With” a Disabled Person

The California Court of Appeal, in its highly controversial opinion in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, held that under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), an employer’s duty to provide...more

Neenah Paper to Pay $33,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Required Employee to Take Meds at Job Site as a Condition of Employment, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A manufacturer of various types of premium paper with a paper mill in Munising, Mich., will pay $33,000...more

California Court of Appeal Finds that Employers are Required to Reasonably Accommodate Even Non-disabled Employees

On April 4, 2016, the California Court of Appeal issued an unprecedented ruling in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to reasonably...more

Bank of America Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Deaf Employee Was Denied a Sign Language Interpreter, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS-Bank of America, N.A. will pay $30,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

Protecting Alcoholics, Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Distinguishing Between the Two

It has long been clear that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects alcoholism if it qualifies as a “disability.”1  That said, courts have consistently held that employers can have legitimate work rules...more

USC Responds to Football Coach’s Claims that Termination Was Discriminatory

In October of last year, I wrote in this space about how the firing of Steve Sarkisian as head football coach by the University of Southern California (“USC”) may raise legal issues related to the Americans with Disabilities...more

Retaliation Weigh-in – Don’t Be the Biggest Loser

While watching the Biggest Loser may be entertaining or even inspiring, dealing with an overweight employee may be a human resources nightmare. A person’s weight is a delicate topic in almost any conversation. When an...more

Workplace Scents and Sensibility

Spring is beginning to bloom and for many of us this means taking time to stop and smell the flowers. However, those delightful smells of spring can trigger annoying and sometimes painful physical reactions for many who...more

For Reasonable Accommodation Claims, Employer Intent May Be Irrelevant to Liability

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Employer intent is not a required element in a disability discrimination claim alleging a failure to accommodate, and the employer bears the risk of mistaking the employee’s abilities. On...more

Presence Health to Pay $500,000 To Conciliate EEOC Class Investigation

CHICAGO - Presence Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois, has agreed to pay $500,000 to conciliate complaints filed with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pursuant to the Americans with...more

AT&T Debe Pagar $250.000 y Ademas Reinstalar a un Empleado Para Transar Demanda de Discrimen por Discapacidad

Gigante de las telecomunicaciones removio a un empleado técnico con una discapacidad visual de sus labores, haciendo caso omiso de la petición de acomodo razonable, reclamo la agencia federal. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -...more

AT&T to Pay $250,000 and Reinstate Employee to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Telecom Giant Removed Visually Impaired Technician From His Job, Ignoring His Accommodation Request, Federal Agency Charged - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - AT&T, a multi-national telecommunications company, will pay $250,000,...more

Ill Will Not Required – Court Finds Disability Discrimination Even Where Employer Acted In Good Faith

On February 25, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District held that employees can prove disability discrimination without having to show the employer acted intentionally or in bad faith. The Court held that...more

All Dogs Go to Heaven, But Can They Go to Work?

Cartoonist Charles M. Shultz once said, "Happiness is a warm puppy." It is a common sentiment among the canine crowd, those who love their dogs as much as they love their friends and family, and science has recently given...more

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