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United Airlines’ recent approach to disabled workers’ rights does not fly . . .

While all people encounter challenges in their lives, those who are disabled face difficulties others cannot imagine. Fortunately, individuals with disabilities now have specific legal protections in the workplace. When a disabled person believes s/he is being discriminated against in the workplace, legal action may follow. A successful claim against United Airlines illustrates the point

Fired! A reasonable leave of absence request, even after a leave of absence is over, should not lead to job termination.

Life does not always go as planned. Workers sometimes realize, unexpectedly, that they are unable to do their jobs as a result of an injury or illness. While there are situations where such a disability will be permanent, other times workers may plan to return after taking a leave of absence to get a handle

NJ workers with “invisible disabilities” deserve accommodation, too!!

Readers may be aware that, under federal and state laws, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to workers with disabilities. While it is possible that individuals with all types of disabilities could face difficulties in securing those accommodations, it may be even harder when those disabilities are not obvious. Many conditions fall under the

Study: Pregnant low-wage workers face high risk of discrimination

Pregnant New Jersey women are protected from employment discrimination by several federal laws. Among them are the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. However, despite the fact that treating a worker unfairly because she is pregnant is very clearly illegal, a number of employers continue to

$240 million verdict in stunning disability discrimination case

On Wednesday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that is has secured the largest jury verdict in the agency’s history. The $240 million verdict stems from a disability discrimination and abuse case involving a turkey company. While this is an important accomplishment for the EEOC, it is bittersweet as it is a reminder that

Dillard’s settles class action medical leave lawsuit

When an employee takes a leave from work due to a medical issue, certain federal and New Jersey state employment rights kick in. Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, for example, most employers are required to provide employees with up to 12 weeks of leave due to illness, pregnancy or adoption, or the need

Disabled applicant wins settlement in hiring discrimination case

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects disabled workers in New Jersey and around the country from discrimination in the workplace. If otherwise qualified for the position, disabled persons have the right to receive equal treatment from employers in the application and hiring process, in decisions regarding promotion and compensation, and in issues related to termination.

Lawsuit alleging violations of ADA settled by Wal-Mart

According to one attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a number of employers around the country may not be entirely aware of congressional additions to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Federal regulations have made clear, said the attorney, that many disabilities come within the circumference of the ADA. One of those disabilities is

Woman wins appeal in disability discrimination lawsuit

The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents employers in New Jersey and around the country from discriminating against persons with disabilities. This covers not only instances of wrongful termination, but also discrimination in the hiring process. One woman who was refused employment because of her disability has found vindication through the legal system after the trial

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