Tag: disability

Kentucky

Manager Claims Disability Bias after Employer Requires Psychological Evaluation

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently heard from a former Home Depot manager, claiming that he was discriminated against based on a “perceived” disability. The manager claims he was put on medical leave and required to undergo a psychological evaluation. The manager had made “threatening remarks” that could […]

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Mississippi

ADA and FMLA Best Practices Pay Off for Cash-Handling Company

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) recently upheld a jury’s verdict in favor of an employer on an employee’s lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The verdict was the result of several things the employer did correctly in response to the employee’s medical issues. This case is worth another look.

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Kentucky

Was Attendance an Essential Job Function for AT&T Customer Service Rep?

An AT&T customer service representative (CSR) recently filed a lawsuit against her employer citing disability discrimination, but the employer, citing attendance as an essential job function of her position, claimed she was terminated for her frequent absences. Was the employee discriminated against? The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—has the answer.

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Arkansas

Disability Discrimination: Terminated Cancer Survivor’s ADA Claim Fails, Part 2

As you’ll recall in part one of this article, “Willow” a cancer survivor with long-lasting side effects, was terminated from her position at Medtronic. Medtronic cited poor performance, among other reasons, in its decision to terminate Willow. After a district court ruled in Medtronic’s favor, Willow appealed to the 8th Circuit.

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FMLA

Coordinating FMLA with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Part 1

In this article series, we’ll focus on the intersection of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and how it affects many other laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ comp, and other state laws that apply to medical or disability leaves. Additionally, the FMLA may intersect with a variety of employer-provided leaves […]

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Travel

First-Class Plane Ticket Not a Required ADA Accommodation, Court Says

While businesses must provide reasonable accommodations to workers with disabilities, they don’t necessarily have to provide an employee’s preferred accommodation. Instead, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) permits employers to fulfill their obligation by offering any effective accommodation.

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California

FMLA: California Employer Put Up with Performance, Attendance Issues Long Enough

Recently, a California employee sued her employer, claiming, among other things, that it discriminated against her because of her disability and failed to engage in the interactive process with her. The trial court dismissed her claims, and she appealed. This case exemplifies how an employer’s patience in providing reasonable accommodations pays off.

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Mississippi

Mississippi Court Allows Employee’s Self-Diagnosis Under the ADA

Even though the federal trial court in Aberdeen rejected a terminated employee’s claims of wrongful termination and interference under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it accepted her self-diagnosis of a disability. This case is worth another look.

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