As human resources consultants, we see all sorts of reasons for businesses deciding to terminate employees, ranging from gross misconduct to plant closures. But there is one scenario that comes up from time to time that always strikes me as a particularly unfortunate loss of talent – when a good employee gets promoted into a…

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A sales associate at a Dollar General store who asked how to request leave and was told by text that no leave was available could proceed with her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) failure-to-accommodate claim, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The plaintiff was a lead sales associate at a Dollar General store…

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While litigation regarding accessibility of websites and mobile applications continues to swell, plaintiffs’ counsel are now pursuing new claims in serial litigation. With the holidays quickly approaching, many attorneys have set their sights on gift cards. Between Oct. 24-27, 2019, 33 putative nationwide class action cases were filed in two U.S. District Courts against an…

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Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act poses difficult challenges for employers, and one of the toughest issues to come along in recent years is how to deal with obese employees. Thanks to a new decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the law appears to be settling on the principle that obesity only…

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As we previously reported, the issue of whether obesity is a legally-protected impairment is complex, and jurisdictions differ on the extent to which they consider obesity to be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). On June 12, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit joined the Second, Sixth,…

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The need to consider Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations can happen at any time during the employment relationship. Generally, an employee will ask for an accommodation before problems with performance emerge. Sometimes, however, an employee decides to notify you of the need for an accommodation when an investigation is underway, when they are being disciplined, or…

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The Fourth Circuit Court, located in Richmond, Virginia, with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: District of Maryland, Eastern District of North Carolina, Middle District of North Carolina, Western District of North Carolina, District of South Carolina, Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia, Northern District of West Virginia, and…

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On March 6, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, whose territory comprises the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, and appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the District of Connecticut, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Western District of New York, and the District of Vermont, decided…

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An employer that grants schedule adjustments that aren’t required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may later stop allowing such changes when the employee declines to help the employer identify a reasonable accommodation, a recent 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision shows. Time Warner Cable Texas LLC hired the plaintiff in October 2012…

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A security guard’s claim of failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) could proceed to trial despite his physical inability to perform walking patrol rounds, a federal district court decided. The plaintiff was employed by Covenant Security Services as a security officer at the facility of its customer, Kimberly-Clark. The plaintiff testified…

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