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Care for parent leads to firing

Can an employer terminate an employee out of a belief that the employee is too distracted from his job duties due to caring for a relative with a disability? That was the issue in the recent case, Kourimihelakis v. Hartford...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Retailer Rescinded Accommodation, Then Fired Intellectually Disabled Employee, Federal Agency Charges - ROCKFORD, Ill.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

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

Passing a DOT medical exam is a ‘marginal function’ of the job?

In a recent opinion by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving a Type-1 insulin-dependent diabetic, the court found that passing a Department of Transportation medical examination was an impermissible “qualification...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

Is An Employee Who Is Six Days out of Rehab “Disabled” Under the TCHRA?

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) provides that a “current condition of addiction” to alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances is not a covered “disability.” In Melendez v. Houston Independent School District...more

The Lesson Of EEOC v. UPS And Automatic Termination Provisions: Engage In The ADA Interactive Process

Let me share a story about UPS, although in the end, this story has nothing to do with UPS. For about the past 10 years, UPS has maintained a policy of terminating any employees who are unable to return to work after...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

Employer Must Prove Indefinite Leave Is Undue Hardship Under NYCHRL, Says New York’s Highest Court

Can an employee state a claim for a disability discrimination termination when he advises his employer that his return to work date "is indeterminate at this time" and the employer, without further discussion with the...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

Massachusetts High Court Approves State Law Associational Handicap Discrimination Claim

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has approved a worker’s claim under the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination law, Mass. G.L. c. 151B, that his former employer discriminated against...more

EEOC Sues MPW Industrial Services For Disability Discrimination

Company Fired Laborer Because of Back Impairment, Federal Agency Charges - PITTSBURGH -- MPW Industrial Services, a provider of industrial cleaning, facility management and labor support services, fired an employee...more

Does Partial Deafness Constitute a Disability Under the ADAAA? The Question Remains Unanswered

A federal court in Pennsylvania recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by a female newspaper page designer who claimed that she was laid off because of her gender and her deafness in one ear. Mengel v. Reading Eagle Company, No....more

REDC Default Solutions to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Texas Woman Over Post-Stroke Condition, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - An Irvine, Calif.-based company will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by...more

Kintetsu International Express to Pay $77,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Harassment, Retaliation Suit

Supervisor Constantly Degraded Tour Coordinator with Arthritis, Then Forced Her and Co-Worker Out for Reporting Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - HONOLULU, Hawaii - Kintetsu International Express (USA), Inc. - a...more

America's Thrift Stores Pays $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Refused to Accommodate Employee With Joint Condition And Then Fired Her, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - America's Thrift Stores of Alabama, Inc. will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle...more

EEOC Sues Womble Carlyle for Disability Discrimination

Law Firm Fired Employee Because of Her Lymphatic Condition, Federal Agency Charges - WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, a law firm with offices primarily in the southeastern United States,...more

EEOC Sues Fidelity Engineering Corporation for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

HVAC Company Fired Employee Because of Heart Condition and Refused to Rehire Him After He Filed a Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Said - BALTIMORE - A leading provider of mechanical heating, ventilation and air...more

McCormick & Schmick’s to Pay $47,814 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Deaf Prep Cook at National Harbor Restaurant Demoted, Harassed, Retaliated Against and Fired, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, Inc. will pay $47,814 and provide other...more

J.A. Thomas & Assoc. Agrees to Pay $350,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Health Care Consulting Firm Refused to Rehire Bilateral Amputee, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT-The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has resolved its suit against J.A....more

Dayton Superior Corporation to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Charged Company Fired Employee Because of Her Bipolar Disorder - ATLANTA - Dayton Superior Corporation, a nationwide provider of concrete and masonry construction products, will pay $50,000 to settle a...more

Fox Den Apartments to Pay $37,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Property Manager Was Terminated After Heart Attack, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA -Oxford Glenn Of Wrightsboro, LLC, Stansberry and Company LLC, and Stansberry Management, LLC, d/b/a Fox Den Apartments will pay...more

EEOC Sues Camden Place Health & Rehab, LLC for Disability Discrimination

Nursing Home Failed to Provide Certified Nursing Assistant with Reasonable Accommodation and Discharged Her Because of Her Disability, Federal Agency Charges - GREENSBORO, N.C. - Camden Place Health & Rehab, LLC, a ...more

Henderson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Employee Fired Because of Her Disability, Agency Charges - HENDERSON, N.C. - Britthaven, Inc. and its successor, Principle Long Term, Inc., operators of a nursing and rehabilitation center in Henderson, N.C.,...more

EEOC Obtains $5 Million Settlement in ADA Pattern and Practice Lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported in a press release that Interstate Distributor Company, a trucking firm, agreed to pay $4.85 million to settle a lawsuit alleging pattern and practice violations of the...more

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