Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) News

Louisiana Sheriff Rejected Applicant Because of HIV, Lawsuit Says

A Louisiana man says a sheriff’s office withdrew a job offer after finding out he has HIV, according to a federal lawsuit filed Oct. 24. “It’s the equivalent of not hiring somebody because they had cancer or diabetes. It’s not …

Texas Christian Camp to Settle Federal Discrimination Suit for $70K

Carolina Creek Christian Camp Inc., a Huntsville, Texas-area business offering summer camping and retreats, will pay $70,000 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency …

Wisconsin Company Resolves Federal Wellness, Retaliation Case for $100K

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported it has resolved a lawsuit against Orion Energy Systems, a Manitowoc, Wis., lighting company. The EEOC had challenged the company’s wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and alleged that …

Austin Area Amusement Park to Pay $20K to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Austin’s FEC LLC and Austin Entertainment Center, LP d/b/a Austin’s Park N Pizza, a Pflugerville, Texas-based amusement park, has agreed to pay $20,000 and improve its workplace practices to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment …

Lowe’s Pays $$8.6M for Firing Disabled Workers Who Sought Extended Medical Leave

Lowe’s Cos. has reached an $8.6 million settlement of a U.S. agency lawsuit accusing the nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer of illegally firing workers who went on medical leave for a long time. The accord resolves Equal Employment Opportunity Commission …

Federal Officials Sue Texas Firm for Disability Discrimination

Federal officials are suing Austin’s FEC, LLC and Austin Entertainment Center LP d/b/a Austin’s Park N Pizza, a Pflugerville, Texas-based amusement park, for violating federal law by firing an employee because of his intellectual disabilities after denying him a reasonable …

Wisconsin Manufacturer Settles Disability Discrimination Suit for $160K

Wisconsin-based energy-efficient lighting designer and manufacturer Orion Energy Systems will pay $160,000 and furnish other relief to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to EEOC’s lawsuit, Orion fired IT employee …

Oklahoma Driller to Pay $59K to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Helmerich & Payne Inc. (H&P), a Tulsa, Okla.-based drilling contractor, will pay a former employee $59,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the …

EEOC Issues Rules for Employee Wellness Program Incentives

U.S. employers can reward workers with as much 30 percent of the cost of their health insurance benefits in return for participation in programs to monitor weight, cholesterol and other “wellness” measures, the Obama administration said Thursday. Honeywell International Inc., …

Mental Health in Workplace: Employee’s Privacy vs. Employer’s Right to Know

How do you stop a mentally ill person from sitting down at the controls of a jetliner, or a nuclear power plant, or from holstering a gun for a night on the beat? The news that the pilot of the …