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EEOC Settles with Mining Firm Over ADA Violations

October 23, 2012
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Rocky Davis, who has profound hearing loss, had asked Birmingham, Alabama-based Jim Walter Resources, a unit of Walter Energy Inc., to accommodate him and assign him to another location, but the firm failed to honor his request.
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New Pregnancy Discrimination Legislation is Unneeded, Redux

October 5, 2012
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We do not need legislation to duplicate rights that already exist. If employers are not granting these rights, and pregnant workers are not receiving the accommodations they need and are requesting, then pregnant workers should be filing discrimination lawsuits.
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Background Screening Firms Face Increased Scrutiny

September 29, 2012
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In the wake of HireRight Solutions' $2.6 million penalty, background screening services are under greater scrutiny.
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Kentucky Staffing Firm Settles EEOC Suit

September 5, 2012
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University of Kentucky student Megan Woodard is a member of a fundamentalist Baptist church whose members believe women should not dress like men, including refraining from wearing pants, according to the EEOC.
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Penalty for Not Completing Health Risk Assessment Does Not Violate ADA: Court

August 30, 2012
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Broward County began offering an employee wellness program in 2009 through its group health insurer. The county required all employees to take a health risk assessment and provide a blood sample to determine glucose and cholesterol levels. Employees who did not complete the testing were charged $20 per paycheck.
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Worker's Sleep Disorder Discrimination Claim Reinstated

August 28, 2012
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Feldman filed suit against his employers on charges including violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and with engaging in retaliation once he returned to work.
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Employer Violated ADA by Requiring Employee's Psychological Evaluation: Court

August 28, 2012
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According to the August 22 ruling in Emily Kroll v. White Lake Ambulance Authority, in 2008 the ambulance service became concerned about the behavior of Kroll, an emergency medical technician, after she became romantically involved with one of her co-workers.
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EEOC Files Charges Against Burger King in Workplace Attire Dispute

August 24, 2012
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Ashanti McShan was assured she could wear a skirt to work, but when she arrived at work for orientation, store management told her she could not do so, and she was told to leave the store. McShan is a Pentecostal Christian, a denomination that requires women to wear only skirts or dresses.
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Jury Award of $3.5M Reinstated in Chrysler Discrimination Case

August 23, 2012
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According to the ruling by the 7th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in Otto May Jr. v. Chrysler Group L.L.C., the Cuban-born May was the target of racist, xenophobic, homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti that appeared in and around the company's paint department between 2002 and 2005.
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Counseling as an ADA-Protected Medical Examination

August 23, 2012
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If counseling qualifies as a covered medical exam, then employers, like WLAA, will have to rely on the statute's defense of job-relatedness and business necessity if an employee needs counseling.
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