Total Articles: 5
Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 30, 2018
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” Much of the change had to do with making it easier for an individual to establish that he or she has a disability within the meaning of the statute. As a result employers have been accepting many more medical conditions as a covered disability and moving directly to the analysis of potential accommodations. A recent decision by the U.S. District Court in Alabama reminded us that the analysis of an employer’s obligations under the ADA must start with determining the specific functional limitations of the applicant or employee.
Goldberg Segalla LLP • March 31, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to protect people with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace. Under the ADA, an employer must provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability if the employee requests an accommodation. Employers should take note of a recent decision that includes a new class within the definition of disability. In Jacobs v. N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, the court reversed the district court and found that social anxiety disorder is a protected disability under the ADA.
Fisher Phillips • October 06, 2010
Employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate requests by disabled employees for a modification of their job duties or the workplace environment in order for them to perform the essential functions of their position. Failure to engage in such a process can be an expensive proposition for an employer – as the City of Detroit found out in McBride v. The City of Detroit.
Ogletree Deakins • July 03, 2008
In an unpublished opinion, the 3d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s determination that an associate professor’s termination was appropriate, even though the professor claimed that he was disabled by agoraphobia.
Fisher Phillips • October 04, 2007
The National Football League is used to dealing with players with injuries – sprained muscles, concussions, broken limbs and bruised ribs are a daily part of life with football players. But recently, two players with a different kind of medical problem have filed lawsuits against the NFL. They are the first players to allege that the NFL is discriminating against them because of an unfair perception that they are alcoholics.