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Making Your Termination Decision Count (Don’t Sleep on This One…)

The success or failure of an employer’s defenses in employment litigation often turns on what motivated a termination decision. My consistently subpar performance or my complaint about harassment? My taking of leave or...more

Step Three to Pay $60,000 for EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Suit

Hawaii Resort Retailer Disciplined and Fired a Buyer Due to Fertility Treatments and Pregnancy Restrictions, Federal Agency Charged - HONOLULU - Step Three, Ltd., a Hawaiian resort retailer, will pay $60,000 for...more

Oakland Children's Hospital Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Medical Center Fired Employee with Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - OAKLAND, Calif. - An Oakland-based non-profit regional medical center violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and instead fired an...more

Alorica Pays $135,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company's Predecessor Unlawfully Fired Employee With Bipolar Disorder and Depression While on Short-Term Disability Leave, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Alorica Inc., a telesales and data services company that...more

Did An Employer Inflate Its Worker’s Performance Deficiencies as a Pretext for Disability Bias? Mass. Court Says Maybe

On November 4, 2013, in Akerson v. Pritzker, No. 12-10240-PBS, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts rejected the race discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims brought by a former employee of the U.S....more

December 2013's review of the year

Sandra Wallace, Partner and Employment group head, highlights the most important legislative and case law developments from 2013 and identifies the key cases to watch out for in 2014. ...more

Employee Stated a Claim for Associational Discrimination when Fired After Seeking Time Off to Donate a Kidney to his Sister

A trial court dismissed a lawsuit by a former employee against an employer who fired him after he requested leave to donate a kidney to his physically disabled sister. A court of appeal held that the trial court erred in...more

Tucson-Area Trucking Company CTI Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Company Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation to Visually Impaired Employee And Fired Her and Others Because of Their Disabilities, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - CTI, Inc., a Tucson-area regional trucking...more

EEOC Sues Bank of America for Disability Discrimination Against Deaf Worker

Bank Giant Repeatedly Denied Worker's Requests for a Sign Language Interpreter, Then Fired Her, Federal Agency Charges - LAS VEGAS - Bank of America Corporation, one of the country's largest financial institutions,...more

The Pines of Clarkston Unlawfully Fired Administrator Because of Epilepsy, EEOC Charges

Woman Terminated Because Physical Exam Disclosed Condition, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - The Pines of Clarkston, a Clarkston, Mich., operator of a chain of assisted living facilities violated federal law by...more

EEOC Sues Midwest Regional Medical Center For Disability Discrimination

Hospital Fired Employee for Accepting its Offer of a Brief Leave of Absence After Cancer Treatment, Federal Agency Charged - OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Midwest Regional Medical Center, an acute care hospital and for-profit...more

Supreme Court Makes Defending Title VII Cases Easier For Employers; Decides To Review Noel Canning, Will Rule On NLRB Recess...

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued opinions in two cases which are clear victories for employers. First, in Vance v. Ball State University, the Supreme Court held that “an employer may be vicariously liable for...more

EEOC Sues Chipotle Mexican Grill for Disability Discrimination

Employee Fired Day After Arriving at Work with Shunt in Arm for Intravenous Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, Federal Agency Charges - BOSTON - Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., a Colorado-based nationwide restaurant chain,...more

Americold Logistics to Pay $46,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit

Employee Fired Because of Chronic Back Pain, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS -- Americold Logistics, LLC, an Atlanta-based global provider of temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry,...more

Failure To Provide Additional Leave As ADA Accommodation Could Prove Costly To Employers

For ages, the employer community has awaited guidance from the EEOC regarding how much additional leave, if any, an employer is required to provide an employee as an ADA reasonable accommodation when an employee is unable to...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

Baptist Health South Florida Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Physician With Epilepsy Denied a Reasonable Accommodation and Fired by Coral Gables Doctor's Hospital, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - Baptist Health South Florida, a Miami-based hospital system, violated federal law...more

Employment Law Reporter – April 2013: "We won! Wait, no, we lost!": The Narrative Arc of a Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

An employee (Prock) becomes temporarily but totally disabled by an anxiety disorder, goes out on a disability leave and receives disability benefits. The disability leave is extended by the employee’s doctor several times....more

Employment Law Advisory for April 2, 2013: Pregnant Employees May Be Entitled To More Than The Four Month Leave Permitted By The...

Most California employers are keenly aware that California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”) requires an employer to allow an employee disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition, to take a leave...more

Store Manager’s Disability And Harassment Claims Were Properly Dismissed

Cynthia Lawler alleged disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress (“IIED”) associated with the termination of her employment. The district court granted summary...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2013

In this Issue: - California Supreme Court Revises Jury Instructions And Trial Procedures In Discrimination Cases, Harris v. Superior Court, 56 Cal. 4th 203 (2013) - Employee Who Exhausted Four Months Of...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2013

In This Issue: - Feature Articles: - California Court Of Appeal Significantly Expands Pregnancy Leave Rights - New York Employer's Flex-time Policy Precluded Holding Employee Accountable For Tardiness...more

Engage—Before You Fire

Consider this scenario: An employee goes out on a leave of absence for anxiety. His doctor says he’s temporarily totally disabled. Then the leave gets extended because the employee is having problems adjusting to the...more

California Employer Should Have Engaged In Interactive Process Before Firing Employee

Prock v. Tamura Corp. of America, No. E054185 (January 25, 2013): In an unpublished opinion, a California Court of Appeal recently overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit where the employee was fired while on a leave of absence...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

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