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Supreme Court Vacates 4th Circuit in UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case, But Rejects EEOC's "Most Favored Employee" Argument

Since the case was argued on December 3, 2014, practitioners and clients alike have been anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court's decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. That wait is over as the Supreme Court issued a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Accommodations

This is one of our "ones to watch for 2015" – Young v. UPS. The legal question certified by the Supreme Court in 2014 was: Whether, and in what circumstances, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling overturning a lower court’s decision dismissing a woman’s Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) case and remanded the case for further proceedings. By overturning the...more

Failure to Comply with Terms of EEOC Consent Order Costs Employer $400,000 in Agency's Costs

Under federal civil rights laws, one major difference between suits brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and private parties involves liability for attorney’s fees. Losing employers must pay the prevailing...more

Lie Rejecter: Employer's Fraud Defense to Disabled Employee's Claim Fails

It's no secret that in formulating their defense to employment claims, employers often seek to discredit employees' allegations through the employees' own contradictory statements or positions taken. This issue arises most...more

Employer Found to Have Violated Consent Decree; Ordered to Pay EEOC’s Attorney Fees

The EEOC recently announced that it was awarded nearly half a million dollars in attorney fees after a court found that an employer (the Jewel-Osco grocery store chain) violated a consent decree....more

Jamison Shaw to Pay $27,500 to Settle EEOC Lawsuit

Federal Agency Charged Employee Was Fired in Retaliation for Complaining About Employer's Refusal to Provide Reasonable Accommodation for Scoliosis - ATLANTA - Jamison Shaw, Inc., a hair salon based in Atlanta, will...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

Wal-Mart to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit

Keller Store Manager Was Harassed and Fired Because of His Age and Denied Accommodation for His Diabetes, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, L.L.C. (Wal-Mart) has agreed to pay $150,000 and...more

Religious Accommodations: May Be Required by Law, Unless the Request is Unlawful

Several weeks ago, the EEOC secured a jury verdict of $150,000 in compensatory damages against an employer for failure to accommodate an employee’s religious objection to a workplace rule. But last week, the Sixth Circuit...more

No Second Bite for Prayer Claims

Neither the EEOC nor Muslim employees at a Nebraska meatpacking plant will be able to pursue individual claims that their employer failed to accommodate prayer practices. In a long running dispute, the EEOC filed suit against...more

Supreme Court to Determine If Employers Must Provide Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Women account for 57.2% of the American workforce and are increasingly working throughout their pregnancies. While most pregnant women require no changes in their jobs, some — particularly those with physically demanding...more

Drug Testing: Dot Every "i" and Cross Every "T" -

It seems unlikely that anyone who could pass a drug test would disagree that Iowa’s drug testing statute is complicated and difficult to administer. Iowa Code § 730.5, which relates to private sector drug and alcohol testing,...more

2015 Labor and Employment Law Checklist

Each year, LP’s Labor & Employment Practice Group is pleased to provide a short checklist of steps that all companies should consider taking to measure their readiness for the coming year. We hope that you find this 2015...more

School Teacher With Breast Cancer Could Proceed With Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Lauralyn Swanson was a teacher for the Yucca Valley Elementary School who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. After the district’s board of education voted not to renew Swanson’s contract, Swanson...more

Employee's Resignation in Midst of Interactive Accommodation Process Dooms ADA Claim

Employers understand that in the event that an employee requests a workplace accommodation due to a disability, they are legally required to explore the accommodation with the employee through the “interactive process.”...more

Jury in EEOC Suit Says Old Dominion Freight Line Must Pay Former Driver $119,612 for Disability Bias

Trucking Company Fired Pickup and Delivery Driver Who Self-Reported Alcohol Abuse, Federal Agency Charged - FORT SMITH, Ark. -- A federal jury has found that Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., a trucking company...more

Accommodations for Pregnant Employees Reaches Supreme Court

What accommodations must employers provide to pregnant employees? On December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case, Young v. United Parcel Service, that may help clarify the answer to this question. The...more

Employee’s Failure to Participate in Interactive Process Dooms ADA Claim

A diabetic employee who quit her job in response to her employer’s rejection of her suggested “reasonable accommodation” cannot support claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to the First Circuit...more

EZEFLOW USA, Inc. Will Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Pipe Fittings Manufacturer Fired Disabled Veteran Instead of Providing a Reasonable Accommodation, Federal Agency Said - PITTSBURGH - EZEFLOW USA, a pipe fitting manufacturer located in New Castle, Pa., will pay...more

Quirky Question #249, Rebirth of Pregnancy Discrimination?

Question: I work in Human Resources at a mid-size Minnesota company and am working on an HR resource related to workplace accommodations. I am relatively familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but am...more

Non-Profit Social Service Agency to Pay $309,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center Refused To Accommodate Long-Term Employee With Multiple Sclerosis And Denied Her Rehire, Federal Agency Charged ST. LOUIS -- Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center (CBHC), a non-profit...more

First Circuit Confirms Importance of Good Faith Interactive Process

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has given us yet another case demonstrating the importance of not only engaging in the interactive process, but doing so in good faith....more

A Holiday Gift from the First Circuit to Employers: Judgment Affirmed for Kohl’s Department Stores in Failure to Accommodate Case

On December 19, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of Kohl’s Department Stores in a failure to accommodate case pursued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a former employee....more

Does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act Require Light Duty Assignments for Pregnant Workers?

The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Young v. UPS, a case that could drastically impact accommodation policies for pregnant employees. Up until now, courts widely held that employers could offer light-duty...more

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