A postal worker was fired from his job for his prolonged period of absence. However, the former employee claims that it was a case of discrimination. The case addresses the definition of disability and return to work agreements.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that the agency received a record number of discrimination charges in 2011. Once again, charges of retaliation were the most common, with race discrimination charges a close second.
We are continuing our discussion of a recent employment law case. A federal court decided the case in favor of the employee, agreeing that severe obesity qualifies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took up the case after the claimant's death.
Technology is not always our friend, especially when it comes to physical activity. Parents everywhere say their kids spend more time texting or playing computer games than they do getting fresh air and exercise. Parents aren't immune, either. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity rate for adults has more than doubled over the past 20 years. In Wisconsin, more than 26 percent of adults are obese.
People with impairments who previously were not protected and not offered a reasonable accommodation in their workplace may find that they meet the new definition under an amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act. New regulations issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which executes the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act will expand the definition of disability.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Maxim Healthcare Services for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act after the company fired a 43-year-old mother who was fighting brain cancer and wanted to continue to work as she fought her battle against cancer. The company claims that the 43-year-old woman was no longer able to perform her job and was a safety threat to herself and to others. The 43-year-old mother passed away in August and her case is one of three cases to address changes made under the ADA that identified cancer as a disability.