Employment Discrimination

EEOC issues new guidance for people with HIV/AIDS in the workplace

Friday, December 11, 2015As part of the World AIDS Day 2015, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released new guidance December 1 pertaining to the protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act for people with HIV/AIDS. “We are proud to be a…

United Airlines to pay $1.04 million to settle employment case

Thursday, June 18, 2015After nearly six years of litigation, the nation’s largest airline employer has agreed to pay compensation to a set of employees who lost their jobs under a reassignment policy that was struck down in federal court. The Americans with Disabilities…

CA Court: Supervisor-induced stress is not a disability

Monday, June 15, 2015A California appeals court ruled May 26 that stress and anxiety caused by a particular supervisor does not entitle an individual to protection under disability discrimination law, even under California’s uniquely broad framework. “The plaintiff employee’s alleged disability – an…

Trucking company sued over medical clearance policy

Monday, March 16, 2015A federal court has ordered an Arkansas trucking company to pay $477,399 in damages for subjecting its drivers to overly broad medical inquiries. The ADA prohibits employers from inquiring into employee’s medical information, absent a showing that the inquiry is…

Lawsuit challenges exclusion of Gender Identity Disorder from ADA protections

Monday, March 2, 2015Kate Lynn Blatt, a transgender woman, began identifying as a woman in 2005. She changed her name, previously James, started dressing in feminine attire, grew long hair and began hormone therapy to change her physical appearance. Her employer, Cabela’s Sporting…

European Court: Obesity may sometimes qualify as a disability

Friday, January 2, 2015The European Court of Justice ruled December 18 that in some circumstances a persons’ obesity may be so significant as to qualify as a disability under European Union law. Karsten Kaltoft worked for 15 years as a child care worker…

EEOC settles genetic discrimination case

Monday, November 24, 2014The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced November 10 that it reached a consent decree with a California-based seed and fertilizer provider, requiring the company to pay $187,000 to settle a series of alleged civil rights violations, including those under the…

ACLU files disability discrimination claim on behalf of medical marijuana patient

Thursday, November 20, 2014Christine Callaghan, a University of Rhode Island graduate student, has lawfully participated in the state’s medical marijuana system since February 2013, in order to treat her migraines. Last June, she scheduled an interview for a paid summer internship at Darlington…

CCD urges support for EEOC nominees

Thursday, November 20, 2014The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the nation’s largest coalition of disability advocacy groups, has called for swift approval of two recent nominations by President Obama regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. David Lopez was nominated to serve a…

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