California Letter Carrier Sues for Disability Discrimination

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2016 – A former letter carrier who worked at the Sausalito, California, branch of the United States Postal Service (USPS) for over two decades filed a lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and retaliation. The USPS was also accused of improperly disclosing his confidential medical records, according to the…

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Protecting Alcoholics, Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Distinguishing Between the Two

Jennifer Mora – March 30, 2016 It has long been clear that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects alcoholism if it qualifies as a “disability.”1 That said, courts have consistently held that employers can have legitimate work rules that prohibit alcohol use in the workforce. However, the line between having a protected…

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EEOC: Americans with Disabilities Act Charges for FY 1997- FY 2014

The following chart represents the total number of charges filed and resolved under the ADA. Receipts include all charges filed under the ADA and those filed concurrently under Title VII, EPA, and ADEA. Therefore, the sum of receipts for all statutes will exceed total charges received. The data are compiled by the Office of Research,…

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What You Should Know: ABC’s of the EEOC

Who We Are The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s: Race Color Religion Sex (including pregnancy) National origin Age (40 or older) Disability Genetic information It is also…

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Potential Pitfalls of Terminating an Employee who Requests Extended Leave

By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. – April 3, 2015 An employee who requests time off due to a medical or disability-related issue may have rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA and state and local corollaries to those laws. Depending on the factual circumstances, one…

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Settlement Reminds Employers Probationary Periods Are Not Immune to the ADA

Many employers reserve the right to terminate a new employee at any time during a “probationary period” if they find a new hire is not suited for the job. All too often, this gives employers a false sense of security in the belief they can terminate an employee for any reason during that period. However,…

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