Employment Blog

Can I Ask My Employer to Lower My Work Stress to Accommodate My Disability?
Disability Rights

If you are suffering from a disability and genuinely need to minimize stress to treat it or to cope with it, you may be able to ask your employer for a change to lower your work stress. Whether you would...

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Does the ADA Cover Psychiatric Disabilities?
ADA, Disability Rights

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about 20% of the population will experience a psychiatric disability during their lifetime. Given how common mental health issues are, the workplace is a common area where the needs of employees with...

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Can I Be Fired for Behavior Caused by My Disability?
ADA, Disability Rights

Whether you can be fired for behavior that was caused by your disability depends on the circumstances. If you act out in a way that’s sufficiently disruptive, or if you threaten yourself or others, your employer could discipline you (up...

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How Can I Support My Disability Case?
ADA, Disability Rights

When a statute does not spell out a framework for a plaintiff’s case, judges will assemble one. For plaintiffs suing under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the appropriate framework can vary, depending on which court you are in across the...

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Do I Need to Prove My Disability to My Employer?
ADA, Disability Rights

If you have been diagnosed with a physical or psychiatric condition and you need some help from your employer, you may want that help, but you also may want to protect your privacy. As with the rest of life, there...

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DOL Proposes New Antidiscrimination Rules Under the WIOA
ADA, Disability Rights, Pregnancy Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The WIOA is intended to help educate and train individuals and match up qualified and skilled workers with employers. To achieve these goals, the...

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Two Key Protections When You Lose Your Job or Wages Following Artificial Hip Failure
ADA, Disability Rights

This is a guest post by Clay Hodges, a trial lawyer who specializes in products liability and personal injury law with the firm of Harris Sarratt & Hodges LLP in Raleigh, NC. He writes about failed medical devices and harmful drugs here. My...

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Jury Awards $7.13 Million to Former L.A. Times Sports Writer Due to Age and Disability Discrimination
ADA, Age Discrimination, Disability Rights

T.J. Simers was a sports reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times from 1990 to 2013, when he was constructively discharged. Over the years, he probably wrote about many home runs, but in a Los Angeles courtroom, it was...

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How the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Americans With Disabilities Act Interact and Affect Pregnant Employees
ADA, Disability Rights, Pregnancy Discrimination

Are you a pregnant employee who is being treated differently at work because you’re pregnant? Or maybe you’ve had complications with your pregnancy such that it makes it difficult or impossible to continue working without your employer making accommodations for...

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Happy Birthday, ADA!
ADA, Disability Rights

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by George H. W. Bush 25 years ago, on July 26, 1990. For many people, it was just another day, but it was a very different day for those with...

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