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Employee’s Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A “Disability”

Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical assistant in Sutter’s Shared Services Department. Higgins-Williams reported to her treating physician that...more

Impact of Young V. UPS and Steps for Employers

Since 1978, pregnancy and pregnancy related health conditions have been protected conditions under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”). A recent Supreme Court case, Young v. UPS may increase the ability of pregnant...more

Mental Health Awareness: A Reminder to Maintain Sensitive and Compliant Policies

With one in five Americans currently dealing with mental health issues and about half of Americans suffering from a diagnosable mental health condition within their lifetime, this is a topic which warrants serious attention....more

Supervisor-Caused Stress is Not a “Disability” under the FEHA

The inability to work under a particular supervisor because of anxiety and stress related to the supervisor’s standard oversight of job performance is not a disability recognized under California’s Fair Employment and Housing...more

Are We Being Punked? EEOC Files Disability Discrimination Claim Against Disability Services Provider

The EEOC has filed a lawsuit (EEOC v. ValleyLife, Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-00340-GMS) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against ValleyLife, a disability support services company in Arizona, claiming that...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

Last Call! Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules That Employer Can Terminate Employee For Violating Strict No Alcohol Return To...

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision holding that an employer's termination of an employee for violating a very broad and restrictive return to work agreement (RWA), which prohibited the employee from...more

Tucson-Area Trucking Company CTI Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Company Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation to Visually Impaired Employee And Fired Her and Others Because of Their Disabilities, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - CTI, Inc., a Tucson-area regional trucking...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

Employees May Take “Total Disability” And Seek Accommodation Too

Just because a disabled employee takes long term disability benefits and certifies she is unable to work, doesn’t mean she can’t seek workplace accommodations. Smith v. Clark County School District, No. 11-17398 (9th Cir....more

Failure To Provide Additional Leave As ADA Accommodation Could Prove Costly To Employers

For ages, the employer community has awaited guidance from the EEOC regarding how much additional leave, if any, an employer is required to provide an employee as an ADA reasonable accommodation when an employee is unable to...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2013

In This Issue: - Feature Articles: - California Court Of Appeal Significantly Expands Pregnancy Leave Rights - New York Employer's Flex-time Policy Precluded Holding Employee Accountable For Tardiness...more

Employer Has No Obligation to Provide “Light Duty” Assignment Under FMLA or ADA

Employers often assign light duty to employees who are returning to work after recuperating from illnesses or injuries. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held, however, that neither the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

Pregnancy Disability Leave – Sanchez v. Swissport

A California appellate court has given employers yet another reason for caution in their handling of employees on pregnancy disability leave. In Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., B237761 (Feb. 21, 2013), the Second District Court...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

Lost in Translation: California's New Pregnancy Disability Leave Regulations and Their New, Contradictory Obligations

In regulations that became effective December 30, 2012, California employers received additional guidance on how to handle leaves of absence for employees disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition....more

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