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The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -

Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...more

Federal Court Rules in Favor of EEOC in Disability Discrimination Charge against Amsted Rail

Denying Employment Based on Carpal Tunnel Screening Found Unlawful - ST. LOUIS - A federal judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Nov. 16 in its discrimination charge against...more

The EEOC on Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation, and Religion

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Recent Views from the EEOC Charlotte District Office - Thomas M. Colclough, Deputy District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charlotte District, spoke on October 6th at Ward and Smith's Labor...more

American Airlines and Envoy Air to Pay $9.8 Million to Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Airlines'Policies Discriminated Against Disabled Employees, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock, which is worth over $14 million if cashed in today, and...more

Online Retailers Beware: Court Holds Website Violates ADA Despite Lack of Physical Store

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Courts across the country continue to weigh in on the issue of website accessibility. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire denied a motion to dismiss filed by online food delivery servicer Blue...more

Serial Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Commences Latest Round of Hotel Litigation: How Can Hotels Protect Themselves?

Just as one flood of lawsuits against Arizona businesses finally dries up, another downpour begins. Peter Strojnik of Phoenix, the same attorney who filed more than 1,100 lawsuits that drew the attention of the Arizona...more

Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms that Indefinite Leaves of Absence Are Not Reasonable Accommodations

Last month, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a decision in favor of the employer in Roderick Billups v. Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, No. 17-10391, 2017 WL 4857430 (11th Cir. Oct. 26, 2017), continuing the trend of recent...more

Extended Leave is an Accommodation – Maybe Not

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As the after effect of the recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision about extended leave as an accommodation continues to develop, a serious question is developing of whether an employer is obligated to give an...more

Strataforce Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Required Applicants to Complete an Unlawful Pre-Offer Health Questionnaire, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS -- Strataforce, a staffing firm with offices in California, Indiana, North Carolina, and South...more

Agency Heads Discuss Changes in Regulatory Direction During Federalist Society Panel

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The current leaders of the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and National Labor Relations Board addressed transitions and regulatory plans at their respective agencies at a November 16 forum. ...more

Government's Duty to Accommodate People with Disabilities in Natural Disasters

Hurricanes, floods and wildfires have ravaged large swaths of the U.S. this year. Every major natural disaster disproportionately harms society’s most vulnerable populations, particularly people with disabilities....more

Court Confirms That “Perceived Alcoholics” Can’t Bring Workplace Claims In NYC

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In a solid win for New York City employers, the New York Court of Appeals held that a worker cannot bring a disability discrimination claim under New York City law based solely on a perception of untreated alcoholism. Through...more

California Grocer: The “Wild West” of ADA Website Litigation.

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Much of this increase has been driven by litigation focused on the accessibility of websites. Meanwhile, grocers have become more dependent on e-commerce and have adopted technology allowing customers to order groceries and...more

Disabled Access: A Chance to Fix Your Premises Before Being Sued?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

New legislation seeks to level the playing field for businesses that have been targeted by “drive-by” claims alleging discrimination by customers with disabilities who may have never even gone to visit the place of public...more

Long-Term Leave Under the ADA May Be Another Step Closer to Becoming a Thing of the Past

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eleventh Circuit is the next to find a long-term leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Just a few months after a recent and definitive decision by the Seventh Circuit...more

Location, Location, Location: New Website Accessibility Decision May Encourage Forum Shopping

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire joined the ranks of the federal courts that have held that a website itself is a place of public accommodation—even if the business that maintains...more

Employer ADA Test Conundrum? Seventh Circuit Flip Flops on ADA Accommodation Ruling

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The Seventh Circuit ruled that an employee’s extended medical leave request was “categorically unreasonable” under the ADA. However, what should an employer do when one of the Seventh circuit judges writes that prior decision...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That The ADA Is Still Not A Leave Statute

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 17, 2017, on the heels of its landmark decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer in its unpublished opinion in Golden v. Indianapolis...more

Florida Lawmakers Take Action To Curb Access Suits, But Will It Work?

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Florida’s recently-enacted House Bill 727 gives businesses a way to deter serial plaintiffs from suing them in Florida state courts....more

The Leaves Are Falling: Differing Interpretations Of Leave As ADA Accommodation

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has consistently maintained that leaves of absence should be considered as a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Court Hands Victory To Employer In “Leave After Leave” Battle

by Fisher Phillips on

Of all the accommodations considered reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), perhaps the most frustrating is when an employee requests additional time off after their 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave...more

What is Website Accessibility and Why Does It Matter?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

If you’re anything like us, a discussion that turns to the topic of software coding elicits panic– “are they going to want my legal opinion about this? Oh no! There’s a reason I didn’t take the patent bar – all those science...more

Hospitals’ Obligations to Employees Withstand Natural Disasters

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Hurricane Harvey reminded hospitals that obligations to employees do not cease during or after horrific natural disasters. Hospitals should have a plan in place when preparing for a natural disaster, such as an inclement...more

Wal-Mart Manager Terminated for Alleged Drug Abuse Files ADA Disability Bias Claim

Last Monday, former Wal-Mart manager Kathryn Silva filed an ADA disability bias claim in the Middle District of Pennsylvania that alleged Wal-Mart terminated her because she refused to sign a “last chance agreement.” The...more

Checking In On GINA: Revisiting the EEOC’s Rules on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

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On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued regulations governing the treatment of wellness programs under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), as well as under the...more

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