By: Nicholas E. Ma The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently confirmed in Tauscher v. Phoenix Board of Realtors, Inc. that while employers must engage in an “interactive process” with disabled employees to explore possible accommodations, there is no interactive process requirement for public accommodations and services. By the same token,… Continue Reading
On May 10, 2016 Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 269 (SB 269) which amends certain California statutes dealing with disability access in public accommodations and business establishments. SB 269 is not a new law, but rather, an effort by the Legislature and Governor Brown to amend existing law in order to address the significant financial… Continue Reading
On May 9, 2016 the EEOC issued yet another “guide” – this time to outline its position on when and how leave must be granted for reasons related to an employee’s disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The publication, entitled “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” contains information on the EEOC’s… Continue Reading
On July 14, 2014 the EEOC issued its updated “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues” (“Guidance”). The stated purpose of the Guidance is to provide information regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as they apply to pregnant employees. In addition to the new Guidance, the EEOC… Continue Reading
JUST ONE WEEK AFTER FILING (& SETTLING) IT’S FIRST EVER “GINA” LAWSUIT, IT HAS NOW FILED ITS FIRST “GINA” CLASS ACTION By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. The EEOC issued a press release on May 16, 2013 announcing that it has filed a class action against The Founders Pavilion, Inc. (“Founders”), a nursing and rehabilitation center… Continue Reading
By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On May 15, 2013, the EEOC issued a press release announcing revised publications regarding employment rights for four categories of individuals with specific disabilities. The publications address how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to applicants and employees with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities.
By: Brendan J. Begley A federal appellate court in the Midwest issued a decision this week that may provide a false sense of security to California employers regarding the extent of their obligation to accommodate disabled employees. See Basden v. Professional Transportation, Inc., Case No. 11-2880 (7th Cir. May 8, 2013).
By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On December 17, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Jankey v. Lee. The Court ruled that prevailing defendants in disability access cases brought under both the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California Civil Code section 55 are entitled to their attorney’s fees just like prevailing plaintiffs are…. Continue Reading
What do you think of when you think about St. Patrick’s Day? Corn Beef, Cabbage, Green Beer, John Wayne’s greatest movie “The Quiet Man”, new governmental regulations for bars and restaurants? WHAT!?!
By: Scott M. Plamondon The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) thinks so. The EEOC recently posted a letter to its website stating that it may be unlawful for employers to require a job applicant to have obtained a high school diploma if the applicant suffers from a learning disability and has been unable to obtain one. The… Continue Reading