Teachers Reasonable Accommodation

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Employee Performance and Disability: A Short Course on Evaluation Under the ADA

Act I: The Problem - Jason is a veteran middle school math teacher who has been in the classroom for more than twenty years. He has never been a strong teacher. The principal who worked with him for the bulk of his...more

Are You Training Your Teachers on Trauma-Informed Practices?

The Compton Unified School District in California is currently defending itself in a unique federal court lawsuit brought by students who allege that by failing to properly address the symptoms of complex, personal trauma...more

Teacher With Fear of Children Not Entitled to ADA Accommodation

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations that allow a disabled employee to perform the essential functions of the job. However, not all accommodation requests are reasonable....more

California Court Revisits Employer’s Duty to Reasonably Accommodate Disabled Employee Under FEHA

Swanson v. Morongo Unified School District, No. G050290 (November 26, 2014): In a recent unpublished decision, a California Court of Appeal held that a teacher, whose request to teach a particular grade as an accommodation...more

Disabled Substitute Teacher Applicant Raises Some Adequate Claims Against Illinois School District

A federal trial court in Chicago recently decided that a disabled applicant for a substitute teacher position at Zion School District No. 6 alleged sufficient facts against the District to proceed with a lawsuit against it....more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict in Favor of Teacher with Seasonal Affective Disorder

On June 26, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a jury verdict finding in favor of a teacher with seasonal affective disorder claiming a Wisconsin school district violated her rights under the...more

Teacher With Expired Teaching Certificate Was Not "Qualified" Within The Meaning Of The ADA

Patricia Johnson, who had a history of depression and bipolar disorder, taught special education for a school district in Idaho for a decade. Before her teaching certificate expired in 2007, Johnson failed to take sufficient...more

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