Tag: Disability Discrimination

DOJ Issues Web Accessibility Guidance, Falls Short of Setting Specific Standards

For several years, businesses have been hammered with website accessibility lawsuits that argued all places of public accommodation, including online retailers and hospitality businesses, must have websites users with visual or other impairments can access. The lawsuits arise from Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which generally provides that places of public accommodation […]

Four Steps to Take if Employee Has Mental or Emotional Issues

Employees who exhibit what appear to be mental or emotional issues while in the workplace or performing their job duties present some of the most difficult situations for employers. They may have a disability you may be required to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They also may, at times at least, be […]

EEOC Announces Settlement with Winston-Salem Company

When an employer is sued for discrimination and decides to settle the case, the details are confidential. When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sues an employer, however, the settlement is very public and includes a press release giving details about the resolution. Recently, the EEOC announced a settlement with a Winston-Salem company in a […]

How Pandemic, Political Shifts have Affected Affordable Care Act

Pandemic-related and political shifts regarding Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the part that prohibits employer discrimination, have occurred over the last few years. Read on to learn what you need to know about (1) long-haul COVID-19 and disability discrimination and (2) the Biden administration’s approach to gender discrimination.

Reasonable Accommodation Not Always Employee’s Preferred Choice

A recent employer-friendly decision from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi) is a reminder to take disability accommodation requests seriously. Also, remember an accommodation can be reasonable even if it’s not the employee’s preferred choice. Facts In May 2016, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) hired Christian Jennings to work […]

One Strike and You’re ‘Out’

Citing the employer’s zero-tolerance “no-call, no-show” policy, an Ohio federal district court recently upheld the termination of an employee who had just returned from a leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Facts University Manor staffs and runs a nursing facility in Cleveland, Ohio. It provides respite, short-term, long-term, and hospice […]

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Potential ADA Accommodations Abound, But a Few Declared ‘Unreasonable’

There’s no exhaustive list of potentially reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Whether an accommodation is reasonable will depend on the unique circumstances of each instance, including the individual’s limitations and essential job functions. Some accommodations, however, have been declared “unreasonable.” 3 Unreasonable ADA Accommodations 1. It isn’t reasonable to eliminate job’s essential functions. An […]

Reassigning Disabled Employee to Another Job May Violate ADA

If disabled employees can’t be reasonably accommodated in their current job, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires you to consider reassigning them to a vacant position they are qualified to perform. Under the Act, however, reassignment isn’t a preferred accommodation. As the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals emphasized in a recent case, you […]