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EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

On Monday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a new enforcement guidance dealing with employer obligations under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. While repeating settled law regarding employer obligations to...more

EEOC Effectively Declares Pregnancy a "Disability" Requiring Reasonable Accommodation — Even When the Pregnant Employee Is Not...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently declared that pregnancy alone, even without other underlying medical conditions, may require employer accommodations according to recent guidance released July 14,...more

Court Recommends Supervalu/Jewel-Osco Be Held in Contempt for Violations of EEOC Consent Decree in Disability Case

Federal Agency Obtains Relief for Three Jewel Employees Denied Accommodation, Court Calls for Extension of Decree and Appointment of Special Master - CHICAGO - Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Mason has entered a...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds Employer Provided Reasonable Accommodation To Disabled Employee, Even Though It Did Not Provide The...

A federal appellate court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that a Dairy Queen franchisee failed to reasonably accommodate a blind employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Bunn v. Khoury...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination

Retailer Rescinded Accommodation, Then Fired Intellectually Disabled Employee, Federal Agency Charges - ROCKFORD, Ill. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit here yesterday against...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Considers the Duty to Accommodate Probationary Employees

In reasons released on May 6, 2014, the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Telecommunications Workers Union in respect of an unsuccessful judicial review application to question a labour arbitrator award. The...more

America's Largest Drug Store Chain to Pay $180,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

South San Francisco Walgreens Fired Longtime Employee With Diabetes Over a $1.39 Bag of Chips, Federal Agency Charged - SAN FRANCISCO - Drugstore giant Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a longtime employee with...more

Employers May Now Have To Provide Employees With The Added Comfort Of Working From Home

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has put employers on notice that they may need to accommodate employees with disabilities by allowing them to work remotely from home, forcing employers to reconsider whether a physical...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 46: How To Deal With Employees Using...

Fifty years ago when Title VII became law and 23 years ago when the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, it would be inconceivable that someone would be blogging about accommodating employees by allowing them to smoke...more

Quirky Question #232, We Can Require Our Employee To Work At The Office, Right?

Question: We are a medium-sized Minnesota employer. Our lead accountant recently spoke with our Director of Human Resources and requested to work from home several days a week due to a medical condition. We believe...more

Discrimination and Duty to Accommodate Disabled (Non-Compliant) Co-Op Member

In the recent case of Castlegreen Co-Operative Inc. v Carmichael, the court discussed the human rights issues at play when terminating the membership of disabled co-operative members....more

How Important is Attendance at Work?

The answer seems obvious. The employer must decide what hours of work are best for producing its products or serving its customers, and employees must maintain regular and reliable attendance during those hours. In fact,...more

Is Telecommuting a More ‘Reasonable’ Accommodation Under the ADA?

On April 22, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company reviewed whether a telecommuting arrangement could be a reasonable accommodation for an employee suffering from a debilitating disability....more

ADA interactive process: A quiz for employers

What do you really know about the “interactive process” under the Americans with Disabilities Act? This is one area in which I am always getting questions, and I think it’s the terminology that scares employers. “Interactive...more

Home Sweet Home: 6th Circuit Rules that Showing up for Work is not Required

Changes in telecommuting practices may be around the corner for many employers, as the recent 2-1 decision in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., 2014 FED App. 0082P (6th Cir. 2014) may usher in significant changes in what constitutes a...more

Employee Needing Extended Leave of Absence Not Qualified to Perform Essential Job Functions

Perhaps the most common question faced by employment law attorneys representing management involves employees whose medical condition requires a long leave of absence from work. The employee exhausts FMLA leave and/or the...more

Executive Briefing - May 2014

In This Issue: - ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Avoid Rigid Policies and Consider Technology - IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses - OSHA to Refer Untimely...more

Tenth Circuit Says a Leave of Absence of More than Six Months Is Virtually Never a Required Accommodation

“[R]easonable accommodations…are all about enabling employees to work, not to not work.” This fundamental insight guides the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, holding that a six-month,...more

Is Telecommuting Now a Reasonable Accommodation?

The laws prohibiting disability discrimination impose obligations on employers which go far beyond the mere avoidance of discrimination. In addition to refraining from discrimination, employers must also provide reasonable...more

Human Rights and Wrongs: Service Dogs and Accommodation

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that it is “wrong” and “absurd” for a Florida condominium association to initiate legal proceedings against a disabled resident after her service dog moved into her condo unit. ...more

Employer’s Accommodation Is Enough

A Dairy Queen appropriately accommodated an employee’s legal blindness, even though it imposed the accommodation unilaterally. In Bunn v. Khoury Enterprises, Inc., No. 13-2292 (7th Cir. May 28, 2014), the employer determined...more

Lifecare Medical Services to Pay $72,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit

Employee With MS Denied Accommodation and Fired, Federal Agency Charged - CLEVELAND - Lifecare Medical Services, Inc., an Ohio medical transportation services company, will pay $72,500 and provide other relief in order...more

Managing Employee Medical Leave: How Much Leave Is Reasonable?

To date, there are few bright line rules to guide employers in determining how much leave is reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Further, employers sometimes mistakenly assume that if an employee has...more

Disability Accommodation Through Telecommuting More Reasonable In Modern Workplace

In EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the federal Sixth Circuit appellate court (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) recently held that telecommuting may be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with...more

EEOC Targets Another “No-Fault” Attendance Policy

On Friday, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against AutoZone targeting the company’s “no fault” attendance policy because of its negative impact on disabled employees requesting accommodations. The suit, EEOC v. Autozone, Inc., No....more

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