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Employer ADA Test Conundrum? Seventh Circuit Flip Flops on ADA Accommodation Ruling

by LeClairRyan on

The Seventh Circuit ruled that an employee’s extended medical leave request was “categorically unreasonable” under the ADA. However, what should an employer do when one of the Seventh circuit judges writes that prior decision...more

Don’t Make a Habit of it, but Sometimes, Ignorance IS Bliss

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As a general rule, of course, Human Resources Departments and company management want to be – and should be – well-informed about issues in the workplace, including employees unhappy enough to have raised claims of...more

Employment Law – “Conduit” Case Does Not Qualify as Marital Discrimination & Employers are Not Required to Investigate Allegations...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Orlando Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc., et al. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (August 10, 2017) - In Orlando Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc.,...more

7th Circuit Holds Long-Term Leave Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

In a recent decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. (Sept. 20, 2017), the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that an employer did not violate the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to...more

For Any Lawful Reason: Firing an at-will employee under dubious circumstances need not lead to liability if the reason for the...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the distinction between firing an employee for personal or politically expedient reasons (which may be entirely legal) and firing an employee because of his...more

Blocked Shot? Employer Runs into Religious Issues with Mandatory Flu Vaccines

If you require your employees to get a flu shot, what do you do with the ones who refuse on religious grounds? As with so much in employment law, it depends. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Mission Hospital, a...more

No Trial Needed: Ninth Circuit Confirms Summary Judgment Appropriate Where Discrimination Plaintiff Can’t Rebut Legitimate...

Employers faced with discrimination claims must determine if summary judgment is a viable means to dispose of those claims. A recent Ninth Circuit decision provides some additional ammunition for employers moving for summary...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence in Discrimination Case

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former financial advisor of JPMS claimed his employment was terminated based on racial discrimination. Through application of the three-part burden...more

Fifth Circuit Derails Reverse Discrimination Claims Against Amtrak

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

White male discontent has been a major media talking point since the presidential election, and even long before. This talking point has made its way into the workplace, where tech firms are now being targeted for allegedly...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Case, Using Securities Fraud Standard

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, dismissing a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case based on the plaintiff’s lack of an objectively reasonable belief of...more

11th Circuit Reminds Employers: Proceed Cautiously When Terminating Employees Shortly After FMLA Leave

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: While employees who have recently taken leave may be terminated for legitimate reasons, establishing a non-retaliatory termination can be challenging. The timing of the termination alone can support...more

No Evidence Of Age Bias When Job Was Eliminated As Part Of Reduction In Force

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

The Fifth Circuit, in Lay v. Singing River Health System, No. 16-60431, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10758 (5th Cir. June 19, 2017), recently upheld the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant employer in...more

Fourth Circuit Holds No Title VII Retaliation Claim When Employer Fires An Employee On Mistaken Belief The Employee Lied About...

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

Employers investigating Title VII discrimination claims should take some comfort, based on a recent Fourth Circuit case, that if they terminate an employee for making a false claim after a good-faith investigation, they will...more

4th Circuit sets a match to battalion chief's First Amendment claims

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Lately, we’ve been seeing more cases in which public-sector employees accuse their governmental employer of violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Such claims can arise in many ways, but with the...more

Refusal to Allow Employee to Rescind Her Voluntary Resignation Not an Adverse Employment Action

by Wilson Elser on

In its recent decision in Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District held that refusing to allow an employee to rescind her voluntary resignation does...more

Sensitivity to Electromagnetic Voltage Not a “Disability” Under the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment dismissing a former employee’s claim that he was terminated because of his purported disability, “sensitivity to electromagnetic voltage.” Hirmiz v....more

Employee Suspected of Drug Diversion Could Not Establish “Regarded as Disabled” Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An appellate court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a hospital that terminated the employment of a nurse for diverting medications, rejecting her claim that she had been perceived to be a drug addict by her...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

Eighth Circuit Methodically Rejects Plaintiff’s Allegations of Pretext in Age Discrimination Case

On March 1, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision affirming summary judgment in an age discrimination claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Although the case, Nash v. Optomec, Inc., did...more

Court Labels Employer Post-Offer Medical Examination “Textbook Case” of ADA Regarded As Liability

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When used lawfully, post-offer, pre-employment medical examinations can be a powerful tool. But a recent federal district court case demonstrates the importance of carefully implementing such programs...more

Employment Law - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Sends Employment Dispute to Arbitration - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sent an employment dispute to arbitration, reversing a denial of the employer's motion to...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

In one of the first cases to address the standard governing a motion for summary judgment in a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case, Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled that two former executives of Vista Outdoor Inc. (the...more

Evidence That Younger Employees Violated Company Policy Without Consequences Results in Denial of Summary Judgment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In light of evidence that younger employees committed similar infractions as the plaintiff, and did not suffer significant disciplinary action, an Illinois federal district court denied an employer’s summary judgment motion....more

Arkansas Federal Court: Failure to Accommodate, in and of Itself, Violates the ADA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Despite the lack of a clear causal connection between an employer’s failure to grant an employee’s request for additional training and its decision to terminate her employment, an Arkansas federal district court recently...more

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