Tag Archives: accommodation

Employer pays $100,000 for 30 minutes of employment after firing pregnant applicant.

Dollar sign onesieWant a road map on how not to react to a successful applicant who announces her pregnancy immediately after receiving an offer letter? Look at the reaction of one prospective employer in Florida, who recently settled a legal claim on that issue. EEOC v. Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc., MDFL, No. 6:16-cv-1326-Orl-37DCI, Consent Decree … Continue Reading

Employee’s failure to actively engage in interactive process supports dismissal of ADA claim.

FightingThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires both a disabled employee and her employer to work interactively to identify reasonable accommodations for the disabled employee. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has underscored that requirement by dismissing the claims of an individual who, it found, failed to engage fully in the interactive process. Brown … Continue Reading

Employer must consider “job restructuring” if such restructuring would accommodate disabled employee without undue hardship.

wheelchairJob restructuring is one of the accommodations that an employer must consider under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its regulations. Recently, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that if a minor adjustment to the work duties of a few other nursing home employees would have enabled the home’s hairdresser to perform … Continue Reading

Interactive process is crucial element of analysis in disability discrimination cases.

Most employers recognize the fact that in addition to federal anti-discrimination laws, state and local laws – which often are more expansive – must be taken into account when making disciplinary and termination decisions related to protected individuals. In a case decided under New York state laws, that state’s highest court reversed summary judgment for … Continue Reading

Reasonable accommodation sought by disabled employee must enable employee to perform ‘essential functions’ of original job.

In an unpublished opinion, the6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that an employee who was unable to complete the functions of her job while on part-time duty could not subsequently claim that ongoing part-time work was a reasonable accommodation for her disability. White v. Security First Associated Agency, Inc.,et al, 6th Cir., No. … Continue Reading

Employer’s judgment about what constitutes an essential job function carries substantial weight.

Is the ability to be licensed to drive a commercial vehicle an “essential function” of a warehouse manager’s position, even though that manager rarely is required to drive? According to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, that answer depends largely upon the job description developed by the employer, and not on the employee’s specific … Continue Reading

“Reasonable accommodation” may include adjustments to work schedule, even beyond an agreed-upon flex-time schedule.

Employers are aware of the fact that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires them to engage in an interactive process in order to determine whether a disabled individual can be accommodated to assist him or her in performing the essential functions of a job. In determining the essential functions of a position, most employers … Continue Reading

Employer has no obligation to provide “light duty” assignment under FMLA or ADA.

The use of light duty assignments to employees who are returning to work after recuperation from an illness or injury is an often used mechanism. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that neither the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) nor the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) creates an obligation for an … Continue Reading

Employer not obligated to make an otherwise temporary “light-duty” position permanent to accommodate disabled employee under the ADA.

In an unpublished opinion, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld summary judgment in favor of an employer who refused to convert a light-duty position into a permanent job for a disabled employee.  Wardia v. Campbell County Regional Justice Dept. of Corrections, 6th Cir., No. 12-5337, January 3, 2013. In that case, a … Continue Reading

One district court finds that “sincerely held belief” of vegan employee may support a religious discrimination claim.

A federal district court in Ohio has refused to dismiss a complaint for religious discrimination made by a hospital employee after the employee was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for the flu. The basis of the refusal to be vaccinated was the employee’s veganism. The Court denied the employer’s motion to dismiss, holding that … Continue Reading

Employee’s request to move from rotating shift to straight shift not a “reasonable accommodation” under the ADA.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed an issue of concern frequently raised by employers: whether allowing an employee to move from rotating shifts to straight daytime work is a required “reasonable accommodation” under the ADA. Kallail v. Alliant Energy Corporate Services, Inc., 8th Cir., No. 11-2202, September 4, 2012. In that case, … Continue Reading

An indefinite exemption from the essential functions of a job is not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

An issue that confounds employers on a regular basis is whether the discharge of an employee who is unable to return to work after a medical leave will violate the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Most employers understand their obligation to engage in an interactive process to determine a reasonable accommodation that will assist the … Continue Reading

High school diploma as pre-requisite to employment may violate the ADA.

On December 2, 2011, the EEOC posted an “informal discussion letter” on its website. The letter was in response to an issue involving individuals who are unable to earn a high school diploma because of certain learning disabilities and who therefore are ineligible for jobs that require a high school education. According to the EEOC, … Continue Reading
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