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Jon Hyman
Courts Are Finally Starting to Apply ADAAA—and It Ain’t Pretty

It's taken awhile for courts to start applying the ADAAA-the January 1, 2009, amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act that rendered everyone with a medical condition disabled for purposes of the disability discrimination law. With one...

Robin Shea
If Your Job Makes You Want to Kill Yourself, You May (or May Not) Be an ADA "Direct Threat"

If your job makes you want to kill yourself, are you a "direct threat" to your own safety? In what has to be one of the weirdest ADA cases I've seen , a woman (let's call her "Gladys") was hired as a temp for a tech company...

John Holmquist
Wearin' of the Orange? You Are Fired!

Last Saturday was St. Patrick's Day, and many employees celebrated it on Friday by wearing green and getting together after work. A story reported that 14 employees of a Florida law firm were fired for wearing orange shirts. Traditionally, the...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
EEOC’S Adoption of Three Part Strategic Plan Will Continue Focus on Systemic Discrimination

by Tracey B. Eberling Late last month, in the culmination of almost a year's work, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) adopted a four-year strategic plan for 2012-16. The three stated goals of the plan are to: Combat...

Jon Hyman
I (Usually) Hate Unemployment Challenges

As an advocate for businesses, you might assume that I stand behind an employer's decision to challenge an ex-employee's claim for unemployment compensation. You'd be wrong. In fact, I believe that employers are better served not challenging...