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Court justices tussle over ADA ministerial exception

During heated oral arguments in a case involving religious doctrines, government interests and claims of job discrimination, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to carve out just how much constitutional leeway religious organizations have to fire employees without facing a job bias claim.

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EEOC files 15 suits in 10 days

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t stop to enjoy the last burst of summer, instead filing 15 discrimination suits over the last 10 days of August.

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EEOC accuses Rexnord of disability discrimination

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal agency that handles workplace issues has accused Milwaukee-based Rexnord Industries LLC of firing a woman who suffers from migraine headaches. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging discrimination on the basis of a disability. According to the EEOC, the woman gets migraines and was regarded by the company ...

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Blind law student sues Madison-based group over test accommodation

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DAVE GRAM Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Deanna Jones says she might like to devote her legal career to representing people with disabilities. But it appears she’ll have to win her own fight first. The 44-year-old Vermont Law School student, who is blind, is suing the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the Act Inc. testing company, saying ...

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Fond du Lac man accuses Kraft Foods of wrongful firing (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Fond du Lac man has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Kraft Foods of firing him rather than accommodating his bad back. James L. Brown was hired in 2001 at a Kraft frozen-pizza facility in Little Chute. According to his lawsuit, he missed a few days of work in 2008 to get treatment for chronic back ...

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09-3143 Miller v. IDOT

Employment ADA; fear of heights A bridgeworker who is perceived to be afraid of heights is protected under the ADA. “After the March 23, 2006 panic attack above the Mississippi River, Miller was formally diagnosed with acrophobia. IDOT immediately precluded him from performing any task required of the bridge crew, even tasks that could be performed from the ground—let alone ...

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Prosecutors reject furloughs, layoffs possible (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin district attorneys are bracing for a state-mandated work reduction for their assistant prosecutors, with some saying the “idiotic” move could mean crippling delays across the state’s criminal justice system. The state Department of Administration warned hundreds of assistant district attorneys that a 20 percent work reduction will be enforced starting ...

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09-4151 Ames v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.

Employment ADA; FMLA Where an employee was terminated for being intoxicated at work, the termination did not violate the ADA or FMLA. “Taking the record in the light most favorable to Ames, her ADA claims cannot survive summary judgment. For either a discrimination claim or a failure-to-accommodate claim, Ames must show that she has a disability under the ADA. Lloyd ...

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10-1353 EEOC v. AutoZone Inc.

Employment ADA; failure to accommodate; limitations on personal care The district court’s summary judgment ruling in this disability discrimination case must be reversed because a reasonable jury could conclude that the plaintiff’s back injury placed substantial limitations upon his ability to provide selfcare, even though his flare-ups were intermittent or sporadic. “AutoZone contends that even if Shepherd’s condition was limiting, ...

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New disability access rules published

Boston - Attorneys who represent state and local governments or private clients whose buildings are open to the public will need to get up to date quickly on new Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards.

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