Reasonable Accommodations

Acceptance and Accommodations: Bridges to Workplace Inclusion

Tuesday, November 22, 2016“You don’t look disabled,” a well-meaning colleague said. How do you respond to that? Say “thank you,” as if somehow you hit the jackpot that your disability was not immediately apparent? I opted not to extend false gratitude. Smiling, I…

Lowe’s to pay $8.6 million to settle “maximum leave” policy lawsuit

Monday, May 23, 2016A federal court signed off on a comprehensive settlement May 13, requiring the nation’s second-largest home appliance store to pay $8.6 million and eliminate its strict policy limiting how long employees can take off for medical purposes. “This settlement sends…

Disability rights groups sue Success Academy Charter Schools

Thursday, January 28, 2016New York City’s largest and most influential charter school system is the subject of a new complaint with the Department of Education [PDF], accusing it of violating a range of federal special education laws, particularly in regard to the…

Disability advocates weigh in on proposal to ban smoking in public housing

Friday, January 22, 2016Disability rights advocates are raising the alarm on a new Obama Administration proposal that they worry could potentially force thousands of people with disabilities out of their federally subsidized homes. In November, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued…

EEOC sues McDonalds on behalf of deaf applicant

Friday, January 8, 2016Ricky Washington submitted a job application to McDonalds in June 2012, in which he disclosed his disability by informing the fast food giant that he attended the Kansas School for the Deaf. The McDonalds store, located in Benton, Missouri, gave…

Fired USC football coach files disability discrimination lawsuit

Tuesday, December 15, 2015Former USC Football Coach Steve Sarkisian, recently fired due to his alcoholism, filed a discrimination lawsuit against his former employer December 7, arguing that the school was required to reasonably accommodate him for his disability. “Alcoholism is a recognized disability…

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…

EEOC, Pactiv settle over “inflexible medical leave policy”

Thursday, November 19, 2015The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled with an Illinois-based food packaging and food service products provider, requiring the company, Pactiv, to pay $1.7 million over Americans with Disabilities Act violations arising from its medical leave policy. “Employers need to…

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