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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

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

What Employers Should Know About The EEOC’s New Focus

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Blog readers will recall our Vlog in early October recapping the EEOC’s 2017 Fiscal Year. Today, Jerry Maatman of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP discusses recent developments from the EEOC that ought to be “required...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

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

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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

Employer Not Required to Provide Indefinite Leave for a Temporary Disability

Despite the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s more nuanced position, federal courts have generally rejected attempts by plaintiffs to claim that an indefinite leave of absence is a required reasonable accommodation...more

Managing the Interplay Between the ADA, FMLA and WC

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The following description may seem quite familiar to those who deal with employee issues on a daily basis. Your employee, who has a physically demanding job on the factory floor, has been out on leave for an injury that he...more

Phoebe Putney Hospital Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Hospital Discharged Employee Because She Requested Leave Due to Her Medical Condition, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a regional medical center located in Albany, Ga., violated federal...more

Peninsula Packaging Voluntarily Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Charge for $45,000

Company Placed Pregnant Employee on Involuntary Leave, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Exeter, Calif.-based Peninsula Packaging will pay $45,000 and provide other relief to settle a charge of pregnancy...more

Gavel to Gavel: Surge in claims necessitates updates

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It’s important employers review their policies, procedures and training programs when it comes to mental health disabilities in the workplace. With one in four Americans experiencing some kind of mental impairment, no...more

Changing of the Leaves: EEOC Again Pushes for Additional Leave as ADA Accommodation

We have said it before — the EEOC believes that leave is a reasonable accommodation and automatic termination when FMLA leave runs out violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Even though at least one federal court has...more

Is an Extended Leave of Absence a Reasonable Accommodation?

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held in no uncertain terms that "a multi-month leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation under the ADA." ...more

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

How to Answer Employee Questions About a Co-Worker's ADA Accommodations

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with medical disabilities. The ADA also prohibits employers from disclosing information about an employee’s medical...more

Dash Dream Plant to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Lawsuit

Don't Get Pregnant or You're Fired, Orchid Grower Told Employees, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination...more

Time Is Not On Your Side: Severson V. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. And The Limits Of Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

Although less rare than the recent solar eclipse, common-sense results can be elusive when dealing with workplace discrimination lawsuits. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, however, recently...more

Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Commercial Real Estate Firm Rescinded Job Offer After Applicant Disclosed Her PTSD and Requested an Accommodation, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - The Atlanta office of a commercial real estate and investment...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 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

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

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

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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

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