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Reasonable Accommodation Disability Discrimination

Running a 21st Century Railroad with 20th Century Job Skills: How to Accommodate Disabilities?

by Murtha Cullina on

On March 7, 2011, Peter Joyce, Jr. (“Joyce”) filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), claiming that Respondent CSX Transportation (“CSX”): (1) denied him a reasonable accommodation...more

Dear Littler: Do I Really Have to Let an Employee Bring an “Emotional Support Pig” to Work?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: One of our employees here in Iowa has requested to bring a pet pig to work for “emotional support” purposes. A pig! In a factory! Do I need to entertain her request? And if so, what do I tell other employees?...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

High School Teacher Is Determined To Not Be Disabled After She Accepts Another Teaching Position

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Sharon Walker (“Walker”), a high school business teacher, brought suit against the Pulaski County Special School District (“PCSSD”) claiming that she had been discriminated against and retaliated against because of her...more

Is That a Disability?

by Zelle LLP on

We recently wrote about the $3.3 million verdict in a disability discrimination case brought by an employee who is allergic to certain scents and chemicals. For some of our readers, it came as a surprise that a scent allergy...more

Property Owners Gaining New Tools To Fight ADA Lawsuits

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

Help may be on the way for property owners sued for alleged violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). As covered in a prior post, over the last couple of years, Florida has seen a big...more

12 Months of Additional ADA Leave Not Reasonable, Court Says - Three Lessons to Be Learned From 1st Circuit Decision

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal appellate court recently ruled that an employee’s request for 12 months of additional medical leave was not reasonable, and thereby upheld the dismissal of her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit against...more

Bringing Your Dog to Work: Service Animals as Disability Accommodation

The reasonable accommodations for an employee’s disability that may be required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act can take many forms, including an employee coming to...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a California Department of Transportation worker with severe allergies to scents and household chemicals won a $3.3 million jury verdict in a disability harassment lawsuit. The employee claimed that his...more

Carolina Creek to Pay $70,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Suit

Christian Camp Demoted Employee Because of Her Pregnancy and a Related Complication, Then Fired Her for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - Carolina Creek Christian Camp, Inc., a Huntsville, Texas-area...more

Avoiding Illegal Termination of Employees in Nevada

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the many challenges for employers is that, occasionally, employees must be terminated. Unfortunately, sometimes those former employees claim to have been terminated illegally, giving rise to the risk of legal and...more

EEOC Sues Impressions Incorporated for Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says St. Paul Company Fired Employee for Depression Despite His Submitting to Unlawfully Mandated Examination - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Impressions, Incorporated, a St. Paul-based design, printing...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, we saw several developments in the area of race discrimination in employment, including a Second Circuit decision that has generated media coverage and commentary. The Second Circuit’s ruling reversed a lower court...more

Medstar Harbor Hospital Will Pay $179,576 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Hospital Refused to Grant Therapist Reasonable Accommodation then Terminated Him, Federal Agency Said - BALTIMORE - Harbor Hospital Inc., trading as MedStar Harbor Hospital, will pay $179,576 and furnish other relief to...more

EEOC and Flying Star Transport Settle ADA Claims for $65,000

Federal Agency Steers Hiring Case of Driver With Amputation to Early Resolution - AMARILLO, Texas - An Amarillo, Texas-based fuel transport company has agreed to pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

Employer Not Required to Pay for Medical Treatment or Provide Teamwork Structure as ADA Accommodations

A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the limits of employers’ obligations to accommodate employee disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp....more

From the Tinfoil Hat Files: Plaintiff Sleeping on the Job Claims Sensitivity to Electromagnetic Voltage

The 7th Circuit, in a short opinion issued April 6, zapped a plaintiff’s claim that he was terminated in violation of the ADA based on his condition of being overexposed to electromagnetic voltage at his job. Mr. Hirmiz, a...more

Back To The Drawing Board: Tenth Circuit Denies EEOC Subpoena Request Seeking To Expand Individual Charge Into Pattern-or-Practice...

“[A] single discriminatory act does not, by itself, warrant a broader patter-or-practice investigation.” That was the conclusion the Tenth Circuit reached recently when it affirmed a federal district court’s denial of an EEOC...more

Employer successfully fights EEOC subpoena

by McAfee & Taft on

Any employer that has gone through an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation knows one thing is certain: you will have to provide mountains of documents. Normally, the EEOC will informally request...more

Federal Court: Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act Requires Employer to Consider Jobs Other than Employee’s Current Job When...

In a recent case, a Maryland Federal court permitted a plaintiff to proceed to trial on her failure to accommodate claim under Maryland’s Fair Employment Practices Act (MFEPA), finding that under Maryland law the employer was...more

Zale Delaware Will Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Kiosk Manager Fired Because of Orthopedic Disability, Federal Agency Charged - GREENVILLE, N.C. - Zale Delaware, Inc., dba Piercing Pagoda, a jewelry retailer based in Irving, Texas, will pay $30,000 to settle a...more

Food Service Company to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Legendary Baking Fired Employee Because of Spinal Cord Condition, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - An Illinois food service company will pay $35,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination...more

Second Circuit Reverses ADA Jury Verdict for Pharmacist with Fear of Needles

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., No. 15-277 (March 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury award of almost $2 million in favor of a pharmacist who suffered from a fear of needles because he...more

Disability Services Company to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

ValleyLife Failed to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Employees With Disabilities, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - ValleyLife, a disability support services company, will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to...more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist,...more

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