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Tag Archives: Americans with Disabilities Act

25 years later, disabilities act has changed lives of millions

Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down.

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US Supreme Court’s cert denial leaves ADA issue unresolved

Leaving unresolved a question that has split the circuits and perplexed employment attorneys, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide whether the Americans with Disabilities Act requires an employer to reassign a disabled employee to a vacant position that would have otherwise been filled by a competitive process.

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Judge: Snookered by service dog claim

A Bucks County, Pa., district judge says he fell for a dog owner's story that her wiener dog had a right to be in the courtroom with her for medical reasons. Now Judge Daniel Baranoski is warning his county colleagues to be on the lookout for similar phony service dog claims.

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Working from home: Firms should set guidelines if they offer the privilege

The wired world presents more options than ever for flexible work arrangements. Thanks to the march of mobile technology, attorneys and staff are able to take their offices on the go, working not just from the cubicle, but from the coffee shop, the beach or their own living rooms. But while technology redefines what’s meant by going to work, it can also create potential problems. Some important guidelines can help firm leaders decide when to allow people to work from home and when it’s better to go the traditional route.

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Businesses brace for new ADA accommodation rules

The vast majority of publicly accessible properties – including hotels, stores, banks, movies theaters, doctors’ offices and barber shops – will be affected by new accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act governing public accommodations.

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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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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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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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