It was originally a pot in which different types of metals were melted and combined. Today, we refer to America as a melting pot where different cultures, ethnicities, races, religions and more are blended.
Milwaukee employers and employees alike generally understand that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits workplace discrimination based on physical limitations. But does the ADA also protect workers with mental conditions from discrimination and harassment?
A Wisconsin woman was hired as a counselor with a full year of probation for her employer to judge her job performance. Based on mixed evaluations, her supervisor recommended against retaining the woman beyond that first year.
If you drive north of Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan for about an hour and a half, you will come to Manitowoc, a vacation spot dear to many of our city's residents. It is also home to Orion Energy Systems, a lighting and power technology company, and the focus of a recent federal court decision.
He is associate medical director at one of the nation's largest insurance companies, but he has a perspective on disabilities and employer accommodations that might surprise a few of our readers. Dr. Michael Lacroix recently wrote an article in which he described the moaning and groaning he has heard from employers unhappy with their obligations under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Since enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, millions of employees have been protected from workplace discrimination based on disability. According to a recent report, more and more Americans are using the law to protect themselves and others.
Companies that are determined to have violated provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act sometimes hope they can negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, write a check and make their problems evaporate.
Wisconsin workers may be interested to learn that a federal court has ruled that a poultry feed company violated federal anti-discrimination laws by making job applicants disclose their personal health histories before they could be considered for employment. The consent judgment, which was entered into on June 8, settled a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a job applicant with disabilities.
Many Wisconsin residents shop at Lowe's for their home improvement needs. They may be interested to learn that thousands of its former workers may receive compensation for wrongful termination. The company recently agreed to settle a slew of employment discrimination claims for $8.6 million. The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.