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Blog Posts in April, 2014

Is Obesity a Disability under the ADA?

Is severe obesity a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? A federal court in Missouri thinks so. Joseph Whittaker, who suffered from severe obesity, claimed that his employer, ...
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Are You Entitled to Telecommute if You Have a Disability under the ADA?

Telecommuting has become increasingly popular as business is conducted more frequently online. But is a company obligated to give its employees the option to telecommute as an accommodation under the ...
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Does the Americans With Disabilities Act Protect You If You Are Fired for Being Inebriated at Work?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, alcoholism (and other forms of drug addiction) is a disability. The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially impairs a ...
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If You Are Disabled, Can You Be Fired for Stealing a Bag of Chips?

Can you be fired for stealing a bag of potato chips from your employer? Well, yes, if your employer is a retailer and has a "no-grazing" policy. But what if you needed to eat immediately ...
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Can't Sit For Long? You May Have a Disability Under the ADA

In a case with particular relevance to those of us who spend our days sitting and staring at computers (especially attorneys!), late last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recognized that an ...
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Is It Gender Discrimination if Supervisor Solicits Employee's Wife for Sex?

In a case that definitely tried (unsuccessfully) to push the envelope, a Federal Court in Florida put the kibosh on an attempt by an employee of a school district to sue for gender discrimination. He ...
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Men Can Be Subject To Gender Discrimination Too

We hear a lot about the glass ceiling for women, as well as discrimination in hiring them for executive positions. But men can also be subject to gender discrimination. Last week Puerto Rico-based ...
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Can "Microaggressions" at Work be Evidence of Discrimination?

"Microagression" may be a term new to you, but it has been in the news lately.A recent New York Times article defined it by using examples: "A tone-deaf inquiry into an ...
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