Termination Hiring & Firing Disability Discrimination

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Court Shoots Down ADA Discrimination Claim Premised on Employer's Alleged Embarrassment

It would never occur to most employers that "embarrassment" could serve as the grounds for a disability discrimination claim, but that's exactly what an employee attempted to argue in Lester v. City of Lafayette. In this...more

Settlement Reminds Employers Probationary Periods Are Not Immune to the ADA

Many employers reserve the right to terminate a new employee at any time during a "probationary period" if they find a new hire is not suited for the job. All too often, this gives employers a false sense of security in the...more

Disability Discrimination Claims Were Properly Dismissed On Summary Judgment

Tony Nealy worked as a solid waste equipment operator for the City of Santa Monica before injuring his knee in July 2003 while moving a large bin full of food waste. Nealy was temporarily totally disabled due to the injury...more

Supervisor Not "Qualified Individual" Under ADA after Failing DOT Medical Certification

Determining the essential functions of a job can be tricky, especially if there is no information or documentation with which to compare and consider. In this case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit considered...more

Sony to Pay $85,000 under Decree Resolving EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Electronics Giant Allegedly Engineered Firing of Employee Because of Her Prosthetic Leg - CHICAGO - Sony Electronics, Inc. will pay $85,000 under a consent decree entered in federal court today ending a lawsuit brought...more

Major changes in store for Tennessee wrongful discharge law

Last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law legislation (Public Chapter 995) that will significantly amend the Tennessee Human Rights Act (“THRA”), the Tennessee Public Protection Act (“TPPA”), and the...more

Christian Care Center of Johnson City to Pay $90,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Nursing Home Facility Fired Employee Because of HIV, Federal Agency Charged - JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Christian Care Center of Johnson City, Inc., a Johnson City-based nursing home facility, will pay $90,000 and furnish...more

Employee Terminated for Stealing Caused by Disability Entitled to Discrimination Trial

Is an employer allowed to enforce a uniformly-applied workplace conduct policy against an employee whose misconduct was caused by her disability? A federal district court in California said “maybe, maybe not,” and determined...more

Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division Updates

Handicapped-accessible housing as a "physical aid" under 39-A M.R.S. § 206(8) - In Chapman v. VIP, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. No. 14-9 (March 10, 2014), at issue was the payment of rent premium due to an asserted need for...more

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

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

Don't let medical absences cloud your judgment

In late January, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Smothers v. Solvay Chemicals Inc. (No. 12-8013, 10th Cir. Jan. 22, 2014) that emphasized the importance of conducting a proper investigation and...more

Last Call! Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules That Employer Can Terminate Employee For Violating Strict No Alcohol Return To...

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision holding that an employer's termination of an employee for violating a very broad and restrictive return to work agreement (RWA), which prohibited the employee from...more

Rocky Mountain High: Colorado High Court to Weigh in on Employers’ Ability to Enforce Drug Policies in the Face of...

Last week the Colorado Supreme Court decided to review a 2013 appellate court decision holding that Colorado employers may lawfully terminate employees for their off-duty use of medical marijuana even if they are not impaired...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

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

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

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

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

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