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Where is the Internet?

Is the Internet a place? Apparently, no one’s entirely sure, but one federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to figure it out in the context of a lawsuit that is pending against Cable News Network....more

Irregular Attendance May Render An Employee With A Disability "Unqualified"

In a recent case, Daniel Mecca v. Florida Health Services Center, Inc., Case No. 8:12-cv-02561 (M.D. Fla. February 3, 2014), a federal court in Florida held that where regular attendance is an "essential function" of a...more

Banks Previously Sued in Title III ADA Class Action Lawsuits Now Getting Sued Again in Second Wave of Accessibility Lawsuits

A Pittsburgh-based law firm, which has filed more than 100 class action lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in federal district courts throughout the United States against banks on behalf of a...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

Commercial Foreclosures and the Impact of the ADA

A. Statutory Overview When foreclosing on commercial properties, lenders and servicers must assess the liabilities to which they may be exposing themselves under various state and federal laws and regulations. One such...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 4, December 2013: New Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014

The Affordable Care Act has dominated the headlines of employment newsletters (justifiably) for the last six months. It will continue to be an area of focus for all employers. But don’t lose sight of the fact that all the...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: What's An "Individualized Analysis" – And Why Should I Care?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) poses ongoing compliance challenges and attracts significant attention from plaintiffs' lawyers and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The resulting litigation...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

Fifth Circuit Says Designated Parking Space May Be Reasonable Accommodation

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a request for a reserved, free on-site parking space could have been a request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) even though...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

Can an Employer Fire an Employee for Sleeping on the Job? Unbelievable Court Ruling

An employee sleeps on the job, then insists his employer is obligated to wake him up. The employer terminates the employee; the employee sues. Open and shut case, right? Not so fast. Originally published on HR.BLR.com...more

Ranir LLC Settles EEOC Reasonable Accommodation Suit

Grand Rapids Dental Products Company Refused Use of Special Cane for Employee With Severe Arthritis, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A Grand Rapids, Mich. dental products manufacturer settled a disability...more

EEOC And Cooper University Health Care Reach Accord on Reasonable Accommodation Issues

CAMDEN, N.J. - The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced today that Cooper University Health Care has implemented policy changes that strengthen its processes for addressing reasonable accommodations for...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

Disabled Employee Unable to Perform Essential Functions of Job Despite Accommodation

In an unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an employee who was unable to complete the functions of her job while on part-time duty could not subsequently claim that ongoing part-time work...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

Employee Leaves of Absence and Other Accommodations Under the Law: What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Overview of ADA & FMLA - Policy & Practical Pointers - Example Requests for Leave or Other Accommodations –Discussion of Select Issues Related to Such Requests -...more

EEOC Updates Informal Guidance for Employers in Handling Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities Under the...

On May 15, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updates to four informal "Question and Answer" guidance documents relating to protections against disability discrimination under the Americans with...more

Supreme Court's Refusal To Hear Appeal Suggests Companies Must Transfer Newly Disabled Employees To Open Positions As A Reasonable...

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review EEOC v. United Airlines, Inc., a Seventh Circuit decision (which overruled its prior precedent) holding that the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") obligates employers...more

EEOC Requires Reasonable Accommodations For Wellness Plans

Many employers are offering wellness programs to employees in connection with their health plans and are aware of the HIPAA regulations that govern such programs. Although employers design their wellness programs to conform...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

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