Category Archives: Equal Employment Opportunity

Toys “R” Us Will Pay $35K for Requiring Deaf Applicant to Provide Own Interpreter

Retailer Toys “R” Us will pay $35,000 to settle allegations that it required a deaf applicant to provide her own interpreter for a job interview  according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. EEOC filed suit earlier this year on behalf…

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EEOC Sues Popeye’s for Failing to Hire Applicant with HIV

A Popeye’s chicken franchise refused to hire a job applicant because he was HIV-positive, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has alleged in a lawsuit. Famous Chicken of Shreveport, LLC, a company that owns several Popeye’s Chicken restaurants, violated the…

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Contractors Must Implement Hiring Goals for Workers With Disabilities, Veterans

Federal contractors and subcontractors must soon meet a hiring goal for workers with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Aug. 27. New regulations have been finalized that will, among other things, require contractors to ensure that workers with disabilities make up…

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Employee Who Left Drug Rehab Not Entitled to ADA, FMLA Protections

An employee who abused drugs and then failed to complete a rehabilitation program was not entitled to job protection by the Americans With Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled….

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Rules Could Require Fed Contractors to Hire a Certain Percentage of Disabled

Federal employers and contractors may soon have new disability regulations to follow, two federal agencies have announced. Both the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have said they will issue new regulations for the Rehabilitation…

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Supreme Court Narrows Scope of ‘Supervisor’ Status in Title VII Discrimination Claims

The term “supervisor” is not to be taken lightly when determining the scope of employer liability in employment discrimination claims, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 24, the court held in a 5-4 decision that an employee is…

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Record $240M ADA Award Likely to Be Reduced

The largest jury award ever for a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit must be reduced to meet a statutory cap, the commission noted May 10 in final court filings. A court will have the final say over whether the…

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Employer Will Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC’s First GINA Lawsuit

An Oklahoma employer will pay $50,000 to settle the first lawsuit the federal government filed to enforce the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The case, Civil Case No.: 13-CV-248-CVE-PJC, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of…

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EEOC Urged to Align Wellness Standards With HIPAA/ACA Rules

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s failure thus far to issue clear guidance on permissible wellness incentives threatens to undermine employers’ development of wellness programs at a time when their importance is growing, business groups warned the EEOC at a…

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ADA Compliance Can Entail Accommodating Seasonal Affective Disorder

Under the new, broader definition of “disability” implemented by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, employers must be more vigilant than ever in accommodating workers with a wide range of impairments. This includes depression-related conditions such as seasonal affective…

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