Archive for the ‘Disabilities’ Category

Rigid Disability Leave Policy Results in $2 Million Settlement

Inflexible disability leave policies that fail to assess the individual needs of the employee can lead to liability, as a recent $2 million settlement demonstrates. This settlement resolves a nationwide disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit charged that a large international package delivery company had a rigid leave […]

21 Aug 17 - Disabilities - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

“100% Healed” Policies Violate Duty to Accommodate

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently obtained a settlement that highlights a mistake that employers often make: requiring employees to be 100-percent healed before they can return to work after an injury. In fact, blanket policies that say an employee must be 100-percent healed before he/she can return to work after […]

22 Feb 17 - Disabilities - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

EEOC Provides Guidance on Mental Health Conditions and Work

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced the publication of a resource document, “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights”, that explains workplace rights for applicants and employees who suffer with mental health conditions. Many mental health conditions, such as major depression, post-traumatic stress and other conditions, […]

27 Dec 16 - Disabilities - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

ADA, employees with disabilities

New Guidance on Employer Provided Leave and the ADA

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a new resource document relating to the rights of employees with disabilities who are seeking leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the EEOC, disability charges filed with the agency reached a new high in fiscal year 2015 and […]

20 May 16 - Disabilities, Time Off - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

EEOC Settles Firing of Nurse with Cancer Case

The nationwide healthcare provider Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) recently settled a disability lawsuit involving the alleged firing of a nurse who needed more medical leave to complete her cancer treatment. The lawsuit was filed last year by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the nurse worked at a Sacramento […]

22 Sep 15 - Disabilities, FMLA/CFRA - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »