ADA

Why Will Smith’s Oscar Slap Matters – Disability Discrimination Revisited

We all saw it live or on social media – Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during an Oscars on-stage moment that was unforgettable. Smith reacted to a joke that Rock expressed about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. What either was well known at the time or learned later by all of us is that Ms. …

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Court Rules ADA Prevents School District from Dropping Mask Mandate

In Doe v. Perkiomen Valley School District, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21079 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 7, 2022), the court granted an injunction requested by a class of disabled children and their parents to prevent the school district from moving to a voluntary indoor masking policy on the basis that moving from mandatory to voluntary indoor …

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Do Your Front-Line Supervisors Understand the FMLA or ADA?

If They Don’t, You Are Risking a Lawsuit. Most human resource professionals can tell you all about the FMLA’s leave requirements, when they are triggered and what documentation is needed. Similarly, they could talk for hours about the ADA’s accommodation requirements, what makes an accommodation reasonable or unreasonable and the importance of the interactive process. …

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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Religious Accommodation Guidance

One of the more challenging issues for employers seeking to roll out mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies has been the administration of requests for religious accommodations. Just before the new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing was announced, the EEOC issued a new update to its Technical Assistance on COVID-19 that …

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Employers Beware: EEOC Files Pandemic Related Remote Work Lawsuit

Last month, the EEOC filed a first of its kind lawsuit in federal court in Georgia based on an employer’s denial of an accommodation request to work from home. In the suit, the employee, a former health and safety manager at a facility services company, alleged that at the start of the pandemic, she requested …

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