Employment Discrimination

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

Friday, December 11, 2015
New Guidelines for Employers
As 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…

United Airlines to pay $1.04 million to settle employment case

Thursday, June 18, 2015
United Airlines Compensates Employees
After 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.…

CA Court: Supervisor-induced stress is not a disability

Monday, June 15, 2015
California Court Rules on Employment Case
A 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…

Trucking company sued over medical clearance policy

Monday, March 16, 2015
Damages Awarded for Overly Broad Medical Inquiry Policy
A 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…

Lawsuit challenges exclusion of Gender Identity Disorder from ADA protections

Monday, March 2, 2015
News from Pennsylvania
Kate 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…

European Court: Obesity may sometimes qualify as a disability

Friday, January 2, 2015
News from Europe
The 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…

EEOC settles genetic discrimination case

Monday, November 24, 2014
Genetic Information Discrimination
The 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…

ACLU files disability discrimination claim on behalf of medical marijuana patient

Thursday, November 20, 2014
ACLU Sues for Employment Discrimination
Christine 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…

CCD urges support for EEOC nominees

Thursday, November 20, 2014
CCD Weighs In On EEOC Nominees
The 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…

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