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Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

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San Francisco Regulators Provide Anticipated Guidance For Lactation Ordinance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In June 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide a private “lactation location” where new mothers can pump their milk as well as a “lactation break”...more

Halloween at work: Don’t get BOOed by your employees!

by FordHarrison on

Halloween can be such a fun holiday for kids of all ages. When October 31st falls on a weekday, as it does this year, ghoulish fun will certainly creep its way into the workplace. How can you, as a human resources...more

The ADA Is Not a Medical Leave Entitlement, Seventh Circuit Declares

Today’s employers must run their businesses within the competitive environment in which they operate while affording employees an ever-increasing array of leaves. Yet, running a business without a full complement of employees...more

Balancing Undue Hardship and Reasonable Accommodation with Employees Using Medical Marijuana Lights Up in Massachusetts Court

by LeClairRyan on

In a recent case, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (the “SJC”) held that medical marijuana may constitute a “reasonable accommodation” for employees.  As a result, employers may not terminate employees for failing...more

“Hold My Position Open Indefinitely” Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation, Court Rules

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Connecticut Appellate Court today released an important disability discrimination decision that gives employers some support for employees who struggle with employees who ask for “accommodations” for an indefinite leave...more

New IHRA Amendment on Religious Accommodations: What Does It Mean for Illinois Employers?

A recent amendment (Public Act 100-0100) to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) makes clear that employers in Illinois may have dress codes or grooming policies for the purposes of maintaining workplace safety or food...more

Washington’s New Healthy Starts Act Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Pregnant Workers Absent the Showing...

by Littler on

Washington’s legislature recently passed a new Healthy Starts Act (the “Act”), which places significant obligations on Washington employers with respect to pregnant employees. These new obligations are not otherwise required...more

EEOC Sues Illinois Action for Children for Disability Discrimination

Employer Fired Employee with Cancer Instead of Granting Request for Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - Illinois Action for Children fired an employee who was on leave receiving treatment for breast cancer...more

Summary Judgment Denied For Employer Who Circulated Letter About Employee’s Disability Discrimination Charge

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After an employer circulated a letter to 146 employees discussing an employee’s EEOC Charge that alleged discrimination on the basis of his disability in violation of the ADA, a federal district court in...more

DOH! Nuclear Safety Regs Trump ADA Accommodation Request (Thankfully)

In a battle between a mentally ill employee seeking accommodation for his job at a nuclear plant and federal nuclear safety codes—-which wins out? The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ended up going with safety codes....more

Dogged by Dogs at Work: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Suppose you hire Kristin Chenoweth to be your new TV show host, and she shows up on the set with her dog Thunder, claiming she needs the dog for emotional support. Must you allow this distraction?...more

EEOC Sues Silverado for Pregnancy Discrimination

Residential Care Provider Refused to Keep Pregnant Worker on the Job Working Light Duty and Instead Fired Her, Federal Agency Charges - MILWAUKEE - Residential care provider Silverado violated federal law when it fired an...more

You Might Feel a Small Stick: EEOC Sues on Failure to Accommodate Phlebotomist

If an employer provides a temporary reassignment to accommodate an employee’s disability/pregnancy restrictions, does it have to return her to that assignment after her maternity leave? The EEOC seems to think so. In Equal...more

Medical Marijuana Users Can Sue Their Employers

by Murtha Cullina on

In a case of first impression, a federal trial judge has found that, under Connecticut law, an employer can be sued for refusing to hire an applicant who tested positive for medical marijuana use. See Noffsinger v. SSC...more

EEOC Sues Dependable Health Services For Disability Discrimination

Health Care Staffing Agency Fired Phlebotomist With Sickle-Cell Anemia, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Dependable Health Services, Inc., a health care staffing agency, violated federal law when it fired an employee...more

EEOC Sues UPS Freight for Violating the Americans With Disabilities Act

Company Treats Disabled Drivers Worse Than Drivers With DWIs, Suit Charges - ST. LOUIS - UPS Freight violated federal law by treating a truck driver who was unable to drive because of a minor stroke worse than it treated...more

UPS Delivers Cautionary Tale

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Maximum leave policies are ubiquitous. These policies typically state that an employee who does not/cannot return from leave within a specified period (e.g. 12 months) will be discharged. Last year the EEOC issued...more

UPS to Pay $2 Million to Resolve Nationwide EEOC Disability Discrimination Claims

Shipping Giant's Rigid Leave Policies Forced Out Employees Who Needed Accommodations, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - International shipping giant United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay $2 million to nearly...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Staffing Company Win in Reasonable Accommodation Suit

by Littler on

In Punt v. Kelly Services, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously held that a temporary employee’s request for an undetermined leave of absence was not a reasonable request for accommodation under the Americans with...more

Watch Out: Workplace Smells, ADA Disability, Telecommuting, and an EEOC Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: According to the EEOC in this just filed lawsuit, a home care services provider in North Carolina violated federal disability rights law when it rejected telecommuting requests from an employee whose asthma...more

Now in Effect: California Employers Must Provide New Hires with Written Notice of Victim Rights

As reported in our new laws for 2017 post, employers must give written notice to new employees (and to current employees upon request) explaining the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. All...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

by Littler on

On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide...more

Regional International Sued by EEOC For Firing Employee Who Requested Leave for Surgery

Truck Dealership Refused to Accommodate 'Exceptional' Delivery Driver, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Regional International Corporation, a commercial truck and trailer dealership with locations in Western New York,...more

EEOC Sues Wesley Health System / Merit Health Wesley For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Accommodate and Fired Employee Because of Arm/Shoulder Injury, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Wesley Health System, LLC, dba Merit Health Wesley, a general medical and surgical hospital...more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

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