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Just Who Is Considered “Disabled” Under The Fair Housing Act?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Although it comes up most frequently when I review emotional support animal reasonable accommodation requests under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the issue of just who is “disabled” is one for all of us in the professional...more

Some Thoughts On Live-In Aides And Fair Housing

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A Fair Housing Defense blog reader sent me a question about live-in aides which I thought I would answer with some general guidance in a post. First, in order to have a live-in aide, a resident would need to meet the...more

Answers To Questions About Accommodating Disabilities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Just over a month ago, I had the pleasure of presenting a webinar entitled: “2017 Update: Accommodating Employees With Disabilities.” You can download the slides from my presentation. There were over a hundred attendees...more

Plaintiff Who Could Get To Work On Time By Waking Up An Hour Earlier Was Not Entitled An Accommodation Allowing Her To Be Late.

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Years ago, I had a legal assistant who was unable to get to work on time. I finally told her that she had to be in at 8:30 as that was when everyone else started their work day. Three days later, she appeared in my office,...more

Seventh Circuit Says Extended Medical Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that a requested three month medical leave due to a disability was not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Although there is some discussion...more

ADA Compliance Challenges: Navigating The Over-Accommodation Conundrum

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Make no mistake about it: ADA compliance can be challenging. This is especially true when it comes to providing reasonable accommodation. Not uncommonly, managers wanting to do the right thing actually provide more than the...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 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

New Florida Law Aims To Put Brakes On ADA Barrier-To-Access Lawsuits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Responding to the alarming proliferation of lawsuits in Florida alleging that places of public accommodations create barriers to access to disabled patrons, Florida has adopted what appears to be the first law in the country...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

EEOC Sues Verona Resort & Spa For Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination

Company Failed to Accommodate and Fired Employee Because of Pregnancy-Related Condition, Federal Agency Charges - TAMUNING, Guam - Verona Resort & Spa., a hotel resort and spa in Tamuning, violated federal law when it...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

Chemtrusion to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Case

Company Screened Out Job Applicants After Medical Examinations Without Any Individualized Assessments on Fitness for Work, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - Chemtrusion, Inc., a Houston-based manufacturing services...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Creates Employer Obligation to Accommodate Employees Using Medical Marijuana

by Littler on

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously held that an employee may pursue a disability discrimination claim under state law against her former employer for failing to accommodate the employee’s...more

Medical Marijuana Use May Be Reasonable Accommodation Under Massachusetts Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a much-anticipated decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on July 17, 2017, that an employee's use of medical marijuana to treat a qualified disability may be a reasonable accommodation under the...more

EEOC Sues Connections CSP For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

It’s Reasonable to Employ Marijuana Users

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A requested accommodation for a disability is not unreasonable as a matter of law just because it is illegal under federal law, says the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a recent case. As applied there, the result is...more

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