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FMLA FAQ: If an Employee Racks Up Both FMLA and Unexcused Absences, Can He Be Terminated?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Here’s a puzzle for you. How would you handle it? Mary Beth is a nurse for a local hospital and has been diagnosed with cancer and asthma. 1. She is certified for FMLA leave for her cancer and asthma; 2. She incurs...more

Trick or Treat? Employee Claims Discrimination After Attending Office Halloween Party

Before you send out that next office-wide invite to a “holiday” party, think twice. Carmelite Lofton has sued her employer, BSN Sports, LLC—a Texas uniform and equipment retailer—when things turned sour after she was forced...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

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

EEOC Sues Wynn Las Vegas for Disability Discrimination

Employee with Ovarian Cancer Denied Leave and Fired, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the Wynn Las Vegas hotel/casino for violating...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

IXL Learning Sued by EEOC for Retaliation

Employee Fired for Posting About Discrimination on Glassdoor.com, Federal Agency Charges - SAN FRANCISCO - Educational technology company IXL Learning Inc. violated federal law when it retaliated against an employee for...more

Appeals court rules diagnosed mental impairment not proven to be actual disability

by McAfee & Taft on

As many employers know, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) broadened the scope of who may be considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Indeed, through the ADAAA, Congress sought to make it...more

Wisconsin Court Holds Discharging Employee Because of Misconduct Caused by Disability Can Be Discrimination

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has affirmed a decision holding that a call center employee with bipolar disorder proved that he was discharged “because of” his disability by establishing he was discharged for misconduct—i.e.,...more

Second Circuit Reverses ADA Jury Verdict for Pharmacist with Fear of Needles

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., No. 15-277 (March 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury award of almost $2 million in favor of a pharmacist who suffered from a fear of needles because he...more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist,...more

What Pretext? The Tenth Circuit Shows the Value in Trucking & Transportation Employers Citing to Safety and Customer Complaints to...

by Genova Burns LLC on

On March 10, 2017, the Tenth Circuit in Henson v. AmeriGas Propane, Inc., no.: 16-7057, declined to revive a discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuit in finding that the lower court was correct in its holding that that...more

Employer Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Migraines Results in Legal Headaches

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Bethscheider v. Westar Energy, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas denied Defendant’s motion to dismiss claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Alleged by Plaintiff was that her...more

Q&A with Paula Williams: Guidelines allow voluntary employer wellness programs

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Guidelines allow voluntary employer wellness programs - Q: A federal court recently heard a case involving a corporate wellness program. What was the basis for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit...more

EEOC Reminds Employers that Mental Health Conditions Are Covered by the ADA

On December 12, 2016, the EEOC issued a guidance document discussing workplace rights for individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC noted that in 2016, the agency...more

4th Circuit Bounces Bank's Request to Dismiss Manager's FMLA Case

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In a relatively recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) found that an employer's faulty notice to an employee about his rights under the Family and...more

Bentonville McDonald’s To Pay $103,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Restaurant Fired Employee Because of His HIV Status, Federal Agency Charged - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A McDonald's restaurant owned and operated by Mathews Management Company and Peach Orchard, Inc. in Bentonville, Ark.,...more

Fifth Circuit Flips Grant Of Summary Judgment Against EEOC in ADA Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADA action regarding disability discrimination, the Fifth Circuit reversed a District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer and against the EEOC, noting that even though the...more

Diallo’s Of Houston Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Nightclub and Party Venue Illegally Fired Disabled Employee After Making an Unlawful Medical Inquiry Based on HIV Hearsay - HOUSTON - Diallo's, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, violated federal...more

EEOC Sues M&T Bank for Disability Discrimination

Bank Fired Manager Instead of Accommodating Her Disability, Federal Agency Says - BALTIMORE - Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, doing business as M&T Bank, violated federal law when it refused to provide a...more

Wisconsin Court Rejects Employer’s Argument That Wellness Programs Are Insulated from Disability Law

Trial to Be Scheduled on Retaliation Claim - MILWAUKEE - A federal court has ruled in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a disability discrimination case involving wellness programs filed...more

Just What The Doctor Ordered: Court Denies The EEOC’s Motion For Summary Judgment In ADA Suit Regarding Employer’s Wellness...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After the EEOC brought an action under the Americans With Disabilities Act against an employer who implemented a wellness program requiring employees to take a health assessment to participate, the Court...more

One Expensive Bottle of Orange Juice: Denial of a $1.69 Orange Juice Costs Dollar General $277,565 in Back Pay and Damages

On September 16, 2016, a Tennessee jury awarded Linda Atkins, a former Dolgencorp LLC (“Dollar General” or the “Company”) Sales Associate, $277,565 in back pay and compensatory damages after being fired for drinking orange...more

Apria Healthcare Group to Pay $100,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Laid Off Warehouse Clerk After She Notified Them of Medical Restrictions, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Apria Healthcare Inc., a home medical provider that offers medical equipment and services in...more

New Image Building Services Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Employee Discharged Because He Has Scoliosis, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - New Image Building Services, Inc., a Troy, Mich.-based cleaning company, has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

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