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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

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

Accommodations Beyond ADA Requirements Can Backfire on Employers

The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require employers to always allow disabled people to return to the job. In order to claim protection under the law, the disabled employee must show that he or she can perform the...more

When Is Enough, Enough? Limiting Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: How long does an employer have to accommodate an employee’s disability in the form of a leave of absence? A: The law in most jurisdictions is unclear. In fact, in most jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey,...more

Seventh Circuit Provides Clarity on Leaves of Absence and the ADA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that an employer's refusal to offer an employee a two- or three-month medical leave of absence following his exhaustion of his Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...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 Holds Long-Term Leave is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

The Seventh Circuit recently held in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. that a long-term leave of absence, particularly one extending beyond the twelve weeks of leave guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act...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 Sues Heart’s Desire for Disability Discrimination

Home-Based Care Provider Fired Employee With HIV, Federal Agency Charges - NEW ORLEANS - Heart's Desire, LLC, a Monroe, La., home-based care provider, violated federal law when it discriminated against an employee because...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

Courts Continue to Wrestle with Whether Long-Term Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: When an employee seeks leave as an accommodation for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the decision regarding whether to grant or deny the request can be challenging....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

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

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

Whole Foods Market Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Grocery Store Fired Employee for Missing Work Due to Kidney Impairment, Federal Agency Charges RALEIGH, N.C. - "America's Healthiest Grocery Store," Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. dba Whole Foods Market, headquartered in...more

Seventh Circuit Sets Proof Paradigm for ADA Interference Claims

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Too often, we think of Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) claims in terms of discrimination and failure to accommodate. Employment lawyers typically see interference claims in the context of other employment statutes,...more

Extended Medical Leave Not A “Reasonable” Accommodation Under ADA, Court Says

This week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a “multimonth leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ...more

Lengthy Leave of Absence Loses Reasonable Accommodation Status Under the ADA

As employers throughout the country know, what constitutes a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can be a difficult and very fact-specific inquiry. Frequently, employers are faced with...more

EEOC Sues Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas for Disability Discrimination

Health Care Company Refused to Hire Hearing-Impaired Applicant Because of Her Disability, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS - BlueCross/Blue Shield of Texas, a Dallas health care company, violated federal law by failing to...more

EEOC Sues Walmart for Disability Discrimination

Retail Giant Suspended and Failed to Accommodate Longtime Deaf Employee With Visual Impairment, Federal Agency Charges - MADISON, Wis. - Wal-Mart violated federal law when it failed to accommodate a longtime employee...more

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