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Americans with Disabilities Act Archives

Fired worker takes on global behemoth and wins

Every day of the year, the United Parcel Service flies and drives packages of all sizes in and out of Milwaukee. The company's bustling brown trucks have long been familiar sights on city streets all over the nation. The world's largest package delivery company is being forced to make changes to its worker leave policy by a single former employee, however. UPS recently settled for $2 million a disability discrimination lawsuit that originated with her. 

Can obesity be considered a disability under the ADA?

In popular culture, obesity is often portrayed as a failure of will power. The stereotype is that an obese person is simply someone not strong enough to deny themselves sweets, butter, dairy products and other high-calorie foods.

An argument for more doctors with disabilities

Milwaukee public broadcasting station WUWM recently aired what it calls "The Case For More Doctors With Disabilities." As our readers know, many people who suffer disability through injury or illness can find that they face discrimination in the workplace from employers, supervisors, managers or co-workers. 

Court: ADA, retaliation lawsuit to move forward

The problems began in the summer of 2012 when inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration showed up for an unannounced inspection of a mail sorting business. They found asbestos-related violations that resulted in a fine of more than $8,000. Management apparently suspected that a handyman-machine operator there had filed a report with the federal agency and triggered the investigation.

Fired employee prevails in disability discrimination claim

If you leave Milwaukee at noon and drove southwest until dinner time or so, you would arrive in East St. Louis. That is where a U.S. District Court recently affirmed a judgment that Madison County must pay more than $650,000 in damages in a disability discrimination case.

Lawsuit: Wal-Mart discriminates against pregnant workers

There are a number of Wal-Mart stores in and around the Milwaukee metro area. The nation's largest retailer was recently named in a proposed class action lawsuit filed by two former employees alleging the chain of treating pregnant workers as “second-class citizens.” The pregnant workers were denied requests to climbing on ladders, heavy lifting and other potentially risky tasks.

Labor law enforcers charged with violating labor laws

If you have about 10 hours of free time and a tankful of gas, you could drive west of Milwaukee on a tour of the upper Midwest. You would get to see much of central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota before arriving in South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore State is the site of an interesting employment law dispute between a former employee and the state department that enforces employment law in South Dakota.

Disability discrimination persists in the workplace

Milwaukee PBS has been a regular part of our city's broadcast media for nearly six decades. The TV station recently aired a report on Newshour that highlighted an issue important to many of our readers: disability discrimination in the workplace.

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