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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 -

Seventh Circuit Rejects EEOC Position Holding That a "Long-Term Leave of Absence" is Not a Reasonable Accommodation

by Clark Hill PLC on

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit held a "long-term leave of absence," in addition to 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, is not a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

6 Ways Employers Sink Their Own Ships

It’s not always the employee’s fault when things go bad for an employer. Sometimes the employer has no one to blame but itself. Here are six of the most common ways employers sink their own ships....more

Pharmacy Chain Not Required To Reasonably Accommodate Needle-Phobic Pharmacist

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Trypanophobia—the fear of needles—played a significant role in a case brought against Rite Aid Pharmacy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., the Second Circuit overturned a jury...more

New Mexico Court Rules Employee Is Entitled To Nationwide Discovery In FMLA Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 10, 2017, Judge Ritter issued the Memorandum Opinion and Order which granted a former employee’s Motion to Compel and held that the former employee was entitled to information from the company’s nationwide offices...more

Seventh Circuit Puts the Brakes on Never-ending Leave Under the ADA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers everywhere have been repeatedly warned not to automatically terminate employees who have exhausted their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. Instead, employers should first consider whether the employee might...more

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – Super Human Resource Department?

by Ruder Ware on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which addresses federal court cases brought in Wisconsin) has stated in the past that it does not intend to be a “super human resource department” for employers. Recent court decisions...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Extension of A Medical Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit held that an extension of a medical leave more than a few days beyond the 12 weeks provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) is not a reasonable accommodation under the...more

EEOC alleges medical exams and questionnaires violate ADA, GINA

by McAfee & Taft on

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) limits an employer’s ability to make disability-related inquiries or subject individuals to medical exams. No such inquiries or exams may be made until an offer of employment is made....more

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

The ADA: Four Issues To Watch In 2018

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you...more

Make Sure You’re On Target When Using Direct Threat Defense

by Fisher Phillips on

An employer’s personnel decisions do not always have to be “correct” in order to avoid liability under most federal and state anti-discrimination laws. If you decide to terminate an employee for engaging in workplace...more

Kessinger Hunter Management Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Kansas City Property Management Company Refused to Grant an Employee's Request for a One-Week Extension of Medical Leave to Recuperate From Surgery - ST. LOUIS - Kessinger Hunter Management (KHM), a national commercial...more

EEOC Sues Home Depot For Disability Discrimination

Peru, Ill., Store Fired Employee Because of Her Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia in Violation of ADA, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - Home Depot failed to accommodate and then fired an employee who had a...more

EEOC Sues San Diego Company Insideup for Disability Discrimination

Employee with COPD, Emphysema and Asthma Denied Accommodation, Federal Agency Charged - SAN DIEGO, Calif. - InsideUp, Inc., a San Diego-based company, violated federal law when its managers refused to provide an...more

Jacksons Food Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination for the Second Time

Employee Recovering from Wrist Surgery Forced to Train Replacement, Then Fired, Federal Agency Charges - BOISE, Idaho - Jackson Energy, a division of Jacksons Food Stores, violated federal law by refusing to accommodate a...more

EEOC Sues Norfolk Southern Corporation For Company-Wide Disability Discrimination

Railroad Unlawfully Disqualified Workers Because Of Disabilities, Federal Agency Charges - PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Norfolk Southern Corporation and subsidiary Norfolk Southern Railway Company, a provider of rail-based...more

EEOC Sues Dollar General for Disability And Genetic Information Discrimination

Retail Giant Rescinded Job Offers Based on Disabilities and Demanded Family Medical History During Post-Offer Medical Exams, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Dolgencorp, LLC, dba Dollar General Stores, Inc.,...more

The ADA is not an Extended Medical Leave Statute, Says the Seventh Circuit

by Benesch on

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit drew a clear line in what has been an ambiguous area: a “multi-month” leave is not a “reasonable accommodation” under the ADA. In the Seventh Circuit at least, employers are no...more

How Long is Too Long?? Seventh Circuit Sheds Light on Leave as Reasonable Accommodation

by Baker Donelson on

On September 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion addressing the most difficult question employers encounter when faced with a request for leave as an accommodation for a disability –...more

Seventh Circuit Rebukes EEOC—Extended Leave Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

by Blank Rome LLP on

In a victory for employers in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit ruled recently that the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) does not require employers to give workers extended additional leave after...more

EEOC Sues Hertz for Disability Discrimination

Hertz Refused to Hire Applicant With Most Experience Because He Uses a Cane, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER - The Hertz Corporation unlawfully refused to hire a job applicant due to his mobility impairment, the U.S....more

Allsup’s Settles EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit For $950,000

Convenience Stores Systematically Discriminated Against Pregnant Workers and Refused to Accommodate Their Pregnancy-Related Disabilities, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Allsup's Convenience Stores, Inc.,...more

Seventh Circuit Says Extended Post-FMLA Medical Leave Not Required Under ADA

Perhaps the most frequent question we receive with regard to employee medical leave involves the following scenario: An employee requests and is provided family and medical leave. Upon the expiration of the 12-week FMLA...more

Tick, Tock….The EEOC Runs Out The Clock – Fiscal Year 2017 Marks A Last Minute Return To Frantic Filing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With uncertain times and profound changes anticipated for the EEOC, employers anxiously await what enforcement litigation the EEOC has in store. Although 2016 showed a marked decline in filings, fiscal year...more

PPG Industries To Pay $45,250 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Global Paint Supplier Fired Employee Who Had a Seizure, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - PPG Industries, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based paint manufacturing company, has agreed to pay $45,250 to settle a federal disability...more

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