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How To Handle Insufficient Medical Documentation in Support of an Employee’s Disability Accommodation Request

Workplace accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be tricky to navigate especially if the employee’s supporting medical documentation is insufficient. This often occurs in situations where the...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), by a 3-to-2 vote of commissioners, issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (the "Guidance"), along with a question and...more

EEOC Issues Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination for First Time in 30 Years

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination for the first time in 30 years. The new guidance clarifies the EEOC's understanding of the law, as well...more

Employment Law: The Devil is in the Details

Employment law, perhaps more than other areas of law, is highly fact-specific. A small change in any of the facts will often alter the analysis and outcome of the case. In part, this is because employment relationships are...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds Employer Provided Reasonable Accommodation To Disabled Employee, Even Though It Did Not Provide The...

A federal appellate court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that a Dairy Queen franchisee failed to reasonably accommodate a blind employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Bunn v. Khoury...more

Bypass ADA Interactive Accommodation Process At Your Peril

Discrimination claims are expensive to defend. If they reach a jury, the results are often unpredictable. That’s one reason employers need to do everything within their power to preserve the option to file a motion for...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 45: What Is A Disability?

Ever since disability discrimination became illegal, the most pressing question has been how to define a disability. One of the first issues the courts faced was how to deal with disabilities that could be corrected with...more

How Important is Attendance at Work?

The answer seems obvious. The employer must decide what hours of work are best for producing its products or serving its customers, and employees must maintain regular and reliable attendance during those hours. In fact,...more

Is Telecommuting Now a Reasonable Accommodation?

The laws prohibiting disability discrimination impose obligations on employers which go far beyond the mere avoidance of discrimination. In addition to refraining from discrimination, employers must also provide reasonable...more

Human Rights and Wrongs: Service Dogs and Accommodation

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that it is “wrong” and “absurd” for a Florida condominium association to initiate legal proceedings against a disabled resident after her service dog moved into her condo unit. ...more

Lifecare Medical Services to Pay $72,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit

Employee With MS Denied Accommodation and Fired, Federal Agency Charged - CLEVELAND - Lifecare Medical Services, Inc., an Ohio medical transportation services company, will pay $72,500 and provide other relief in order...more

Disability Accommodation Through Telecommuting More Reasonable In Modern Workplace

In EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the federal Sixth Circuit appellate court (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) recently held that telecommuting may be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with...more

EEOC Targets Another “No-Fault” Attendance Policy

On Friday, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against AutoZone targeting the company’s “no fault” attendance policy because of its negative impact on disabled employees requesting accommodations. The suit, EEOC v. Autozone, Inc., No....more

EEOC Files Suit Alleging Attendance Policy Failed To Accommodate Disabled Employees

On Friday, the EEOC filed suit against AutoZone, alleging that the car repair company violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by applying its attendance policy in a way that failed to accommodate certain...more

Sneakers Corp / Just Sneakers to Pay $18,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit

Legally Blind Veteran Denied Accommodation and Fired, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Sneakers Corporation, doing business as Just Sneakers, Inc., will pay $18,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

New York Court Of Appeals Emphasizes Need For Interactive Process When Accommodating Employees’ Disabilities

Jacobsen v. New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., No. 2014-34 (N.Y. Court of Appeals, Mar. 27, 2014): New York’s highest court recently ruled that an employer’s failure to engage in a good-faith interactive process...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules for EEOC in its Disability Discrimination Case Against Ford Motor

Agency Charged Automaker Denied Employee the Chance to Telework; Sixth Circuit Agrees Case Should Go Forward - WASHINGTON -- The majority of a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2014

Supreme Court Confirms FICA Taxes Must be Withheld from Severance Payments - Finding severance payments to be a form of “remuneration for employment,” the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Quality Stores,...more

Making a Reasonable Accommodation: Walgreens and the $1.37 Question

A California federal court denied Walgreen Co.’s motion for summary judgment on April 11, 2014, in a disability discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC v. Walgreen Co., 2014 U.S. Dist....more

Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division Updates

Handicapped-accessible housing as a "physical aid" under 39-A M.R.S. § 206(8) - In Chapman v. VIP, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. No. 14-9 (March 10, 2014), at issue was the payment of rent premium due to an asserted need for...more

Direct Optical to Pay $53,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Farmington Hills Optical Store Fired Employee Because of Request for Service Dog, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Direct Optical, Inc., an optical store in Farmington Hills, Mich., will pay $53,000 and furnish other...more

Court: Regular Attendance Is an Essential Job Function

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance can be challenging, as employers attempt to decipher whether a specific situation falls under the definitions of the law, such as when they must provide accommodations to an...more

Making Your Termination Decision Count (Don’t Sleep on This One…)

The success or failure of an employer’s defenses in employment litigation often turns on what motivated a termination decision. My consistently subpar performance or my complaint about harassment? My taking of leave or...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Age and Disability Discrimination

Keller Store Manager Harassed and Then Fired Because of His Age; Also Denied a Reasonable Accommodation for His Diabetes, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS - Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, LLC discriminated against a store...more

You May Think They Are Disabled But That Doesn’t Mean You “Regarded“ Them as Disabled

While the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) made it easier for employees to state a claim that he or she was “regarded as” having a disability, a recent decision from a federal court highlights...more

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