Tag Archives: Americans with Disabilities

Detroit Casino Sued for Violating Americans with Disabilities Act

Detroit’s Greektown casino was sued on October 3, 2016, by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a reasonable accommodation to and then firing an employee because of his disability. The former employee, Michael Lepine, was a pit manager for Greektown Casino. The lawsuit … Continue Reading

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Michigan employers dodged a bullet (sort of) on when it comes to whether telecommuting must be considered as a reasonable¬†accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, in a “judicial do-over,” the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. Ford¬†revisited a prior decision (previously discussed here) that had concluded that employers may … Continue Reading

Michigan Employers Must Consider Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

Under a recent federal court ruling, Michigan employers must be prepared to consider telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for an employee under a 4/22/2014 court ruling.   Specifically, Jane Harris was terminated from her position as a resale steel buyer at Ford Motor Co. This termination occurred shortly after she asked to telecommute … Continue Reading

Employers May Find it Harder to Defend Against ADA Claims … Or Maybe Not.

It finally happened; This blog noted back in August 2011 that the Sixth Circuit would likely make significant changes in favor of employees bringing claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  On May 25, 2012, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals made it official in holding that plaintiff employees bringing claims under the ADA … Continue Reading

Will Employers Face a More Employee-Friendly ADA Litigation Landscape in the Sixth Circuit? Probably.

This blog previously noted that the Sixth Circuit (the federal circuit that includes Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee) would likely change its standard for analyzing claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from a stricter standard to a less demanding standard that favors employees. Americans with Disabilities Act: The Times They are (likely) a Changin.’  The first … Continue Reading

Another Perspective on the ADA: Assisting Qualified Individuals to Help Employers Remain Competitive

On May 24, 2011, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments went into effect, which were the result of the 2008 ADA Amendments Act signed into law by President Bush.  Without question, the ADA Amendments make it easier for individuals to establish coverage. In fact, Congress overturned several U.S. Supreme Court decisions that had narrowly interpreted the … Continue Reading

Questions About the ADA Amendments Answered by EEOC Associate Legal Counsel

This past week at Michigan’s 36th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, I attended a break-out session where Peggy Mastroianni, Associate Legal Counsel for the the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) answered questions and discussed the final regulations to implement the ADA Amendments Act. The ADA Amendments go into effect on May 24, 2011.  … Continue Reading

Americans with Disabilities Act: The Times They are (likely) a Changin’

A panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal circuit that includes Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee) recently gave employers the heads up that The Times They are a Changin,‘ or at least should be, when it comes to the standard for successfully making a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). … Continue Reading
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