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Needle Phobia Creates A Sticky Situation Under ADA

The Second Circuit was “on point” when it reminded us about an old proposition in a brand new way this week. In the case of Stevens v. Rite Aid Corporation, the panel held that Rite Aid was justified in terminating a...more

Magnolia Health Corporation to Pay $325,000 To Settle EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Case

Settlement Resolves Claims for People Who Were Denied Employment or Accommodations Because of Their Disabilities - FRESNO - Magnolia Health Corporation, a Visalia, Calif.-based company that operates health care and...more

EEOC Sues Company That Didn't Hire Veteran Over Use Of Service Dog

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against freight company CRST Expedited Inc. on behalf of a truck driver trainee who is a veteran. According to the Commission, the employer violated...more

[Events] Thompson Coburn's Annual Labor, Employment, and Benefits Law Seminar - April 6th, St. Louis, MO

Navigating human resources issues in the workplace can often feel like being launched into space at hyperspeed without a co-pilot. To gain insights on the full galaxy of employment and benefits laws, touch down and connect...more

Cushman & Wakefield will Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Commercial Real Estate Services Company Fired Employee with Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Commercial Real Estate Services Company Cushman & Wakefield will pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief...more

The “D” in the ADA Still Exists, Court of Appeals Reminds Us

In 2009, Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), unquestionably expanding the definition of a disability under the ADA and, for all practical purposes in most cases, shifting the focus of...more

S&B Industry to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Fort Worth Cellphone Repair Facility Refused to Hire Two Hearing-Impaired Applicants Because of Their Disability, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - A Fort Worth cellphone repair facility has agreed to pay $110,000 and...more

What is a Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act? The City of Philadelphia’s Costly Reminder to...

On July 9, 2012, David Moore filed a Charge with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) (Charge No. 530-2012-02470) alleging that the City of Philadelphia failed to reassign him to a new job as a...more

Arkansas Federal Court: Failure to Accommodate, in and of Itself, Violates the ADA

Despite the lack of a clear causal connection between an employer’s failure to grant an employee’s request for additional training and its decision to terminate her employment, an Arkansas federal district court recently...more

Breaks and Flexible Hours Not a Reasonable ADA Accommodation for Frequently Absent Employee, Court Holds

Employers can easily feel overwhelmed when it comes to enforcing employee attendance standards while providing reasonable accommodation to employees with chronic health conditions. Increasingly, however, court decisions such...more

Accommodating Mental Health Conditions – The EEOC's Latest Guidance and Some Practical Tips for Complying with the ADA

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act is not an easy task. Even if an employer does the document dance correctly, determining whether an accommodation is reasonable can be a tough call. Reasonable people can...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects EEOC Position on Retroactive Accommodation of Performance Issues

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and federal courts have acknowledged that employers do not have to excuse employee disciplinary violations because the employee later attributes such conduct to a...more

Third Circuit Says “Last Call” for Employee Terminated After Caught Drinking While on FMLA “Bed Rest”

On January 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit joined the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits in holding that an employer’s honest belief that its employee was misusing FMLA leave is enough to...more

Third Circuit adopts the “honest belief” defense to FMLA retaliation claims and confirms that FMLA leave requests can double as...

The Third Circuit’s recent decision in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC is a mixed bag for employers. The good news is that it establishes that an employer’s honest belief that its employee misused FMLA leave can defeat a...more

Anxiety, Absenteeism, and the ADA

As accommodating and flexible as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compels employers to be, the harsh reality is that there are some jobs that a person with certain disabilities simply cannot do. When an employee...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim Based on Employer Ending Home Working Arrangement

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to agree to allow employees to work from home based on medical restrictions. The Americans with Disabilities Act may require employers to provide such...more

Retroactive Accommodations to Excuse Past Misconduct Not Required under the ADA

Envision a situation where you are about to terminate an employee for violating a work conduct rule. Sensing what is coming, the employee explains to you her disability caused her to violate the rule. Are you required to...more

EEOC Sues Walmart for Discriminating Against Employee with Intellectual Disability

Retail Giant Refused to Make a Simple Accommodation for a Longtime Employee, Federal Agency Charges - MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Walmart violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and fired a longtime employee because of...more

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

2016 brought about a host of changes for employers, including new political leaders, ever-changing technology, and new and more open dialogue on a variety of different issues. Aside from politics, perhaps one of the biggest...more

A Particular Challenge: Managing Mental Disability in the Workplace

Understanding disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation is a challenge for employers, and particularly for the in-house counsel and HR professionals who must manage disability issues in the workplace. As you...more

Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals...more

EEOC Issues Guidance on Mental Health Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations

On December 12, 2016, the EEOC issued a resource document, titled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights,” reminding employers of workplace rights for employees and applicants...more

Apply Here! (with Everyone Else): ADA Does Not Mandate Noncompetitive Reassignment

When you can’t reasonably accommodate a disabled employee in the current position, do you have to give the employee a vacant position or can you follow your usual, competitive process? In EEOC v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Inc.,...more

Court: Employees Seeking Accommodation Must Compete For Reassignment - Split In Circuits Could Lead To Supreme Court Intervention

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a disabled worker forced to leave her position because of her physical impairment must compete for vacant jobs when seeking reassignment, handing a victory to her former employer....more

EEOC Provides Guidance Outlining Protections for Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions

On December 12, 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an informal resource document which serves to remind employers of protections afforded to applicants and employees who suffer from...more

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