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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

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

Temporary Accommodation Does Not Waive ADA "Essential Functions" Defense

Good employers often attempt to provide support for employees who are facing personal issues. Such was the case when Selena Hancock developed a nerve condition that prevented her from lifting more than 20 pounds. Although an...more

Employment Newsletter - February 2014: Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation: A Remote Possibility?

In recent years, many employers have shied away from telecommuting programs and arrangements, believing employees cannot perform their jobs as effectively from home or be adequately supervised while working remotely. Disputes...more

New York's Highest Court: Indefinite Leave Not Reasonable Under State Law, But Could Be Under NYC Law

In a decision that is both favorable to and disadvantageous for New York State employers, the New York Court of Appeals has ruled that indefinite leave is not a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities under the...more

EEOC Sues Saint Joseph’s Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Refused to Accommodate Nurse's Disability, Refused to Reassign, Then Terminated Her, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - Saint Joseph's Hospital, part of the BayCare Health System, the second-largest...more

Banks Face Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Noncompliance With ADA Regulations Governing ATMs

More than 100 nearly identical class action lawsuits alleging noncompliance with Americans with Disability Act accessibility standards for ATM machines have been filed against banks and credit unions since new standards went...more

New York State’s Highest Court Confirms that a Request for Indefinite Leave May Constitute a Reasonable Accommodation Under the...

The New York Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court – is out with a new decision this week addressing our favorite statutory friend (foe?), the New York City Human Rights Law – this time in the context of a disability...more

Quirky Question #209, Obesity as a Disability under MT Law

We are in Montana and a very obese woman recently applied for a manager position. The position is more physical than most in that there is significant walking between facilities, and the candidate must climb ladders to view...more

EEOC Sues Upper Chesapeake Health System for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Health Care System Fired a Pulmonary Function Technologist After She Requested an Accommodation and Filed a Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Upper Chesapeake Health System, a leading health...more

Maryland Employers Soon Must Provide "Light Duty" to Pregnant Disabled Women and Update Employment Handbooks

Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must provide their pregnant employees with certain reasonable accommodations beyond the requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)...more

MISO to Pay $90,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Power Grid Operator Denied Employee Reasonable Accommodation for Postpartum Depression, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), a Carmel, Ind.-based power...more

EEOC Sues Lifecare Medical Services for Disability Discrimination

Employee With MS Denied Accommodation and Fired, Federal Agency Charges - CLEVELAND - Lifecare Medical Services, Inc., an Ohio medical transportation services company, violated federal law by denying a reasonable...more

Employment And Labor Alert: EEOC Updates Guidance On Several Disabilities

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new guidance in an effort to help employers work with employees with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities....more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Disability Discrimination

Developmentally Disabled Walmart Employee in Akron Store Fired for Complaining About Sexual Touching, Federal Agency Charges - CLEVELAND - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. violated federal law by allowing a male employee...more

Employers Beware: Anything Short of a Robust Attempt to Engage in Interactive Process Might Preclude Summary Judgment

Several recent cases in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals remind employers that their obligation to engage in the interactive process is an increasingly onerous one. First, in Keith v. County of Oakland, No. 11-2276 (6th...more

REDC Default Solutions to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Texas Woman Over Post-Stroke Condition, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - An Irvine, Calif.-based company will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by...more

Judgment Against AutoZone Affirmed in EEOC Disability Discrimination Case

Appeals Court Upholds Injunction and $415,000 Award to Disabled Former Employee - CHICAGO - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed a $424,000 judgment (including $9,000 in costs) against AutoZone,...more

University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. Will Pay $92,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit

Medical Practice Fired Employee Because of Her Crohn's Disease, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. will pay $92,500 and furnish other relief to settle a disability...more

Employer Beware - Automatic termination policies are illegal. Just ask Sears.

Qualified employees with a disability are entitled to a reasonable accommodation from their employer to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job. One of the most difficult issues employers face is...more

California Adopts New Disability Discrimination Regulations

Regulations proposed by California's Fair Employment and Housing Commission governing disability discrimination have been finalized after public comment and are now in effect. According to the Statement of Purpose, the...more

Labor Letter, February 2013: How To Weigh Obesity In Employment Decisions

Imagine you are the Hiring Manager for a distribution warehouse and have just begun interviewing applicants for a materials handler position. The first candidate enters the room, standing at a height of 5’4”, weighing more...more

Deaf Lifeguard Might Be Qualified To Notice Emergency Signs For Help

Would you feel comfortable with your kids swimming in a pool with a deaf lifeguard on watch? Could a deaf lifeguard notice your distressed child's cry for help? While these questions pose some serious personal judgments...more

D.O.E. Technologies and doeLegal Will Pay $130,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Hard-of-Hearing Employee Fired for Requesting Accommodations, Federal Agency Charged - WILMINGTON, Del. - D.O.E. Technologies, Inc. and a related company, doeLegal, LLC will pay $130,000 and furnish other relief to...more

Kintetsu International Express to Pay $77,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Harassment, Retaliation Suit

Supervisor Constantly Degraded Tour Coordinator with Arthritis, Then Forced Her and Co-Worker Out for Reporting Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - HONOLULU, Hawaii - Kintetsu International Express (USA), Inc. - a...more

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