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Walmart Alters Disability Reassignment Policy to Settle Suit in Maine

Walmart has agreed to change its national policy for reassigning disabled workers to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Maine. The settlement requires Walmart to offer disabled workers a vacant position in up to …

Suit Says Safeco Field in Washington Discriminates Against Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair users attending Seattle Mariners baseball games at Safeco Field get a “second-class” experience, a nonprofit disability-rights law firm says, and has filed a discrimination lawsuit. The Seattle Times reported that Washington Civil and Disability Advocate filed the lawsuit earlier …

EEOC Sues Colorado Trucking Company for Discrimination

Federal regulators sued the Greeley, Colo.-based trucking firm JBS Carriers, alleging it violated federal law by using pre-employment screening to reject job applicants on the basis of disability. JBS Carriers spokeswoman Misty Barnes tells The Tribune in Greeley it disputes …

EEOC Sues California Hospitality Company for Asthma Disability Discrimination

A large Southern California hospitality company is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly violating federal law by denying a reasonable accommodation to an employee with asthma. The EEOC filed the charges in the lawsuit against …

Ex-Indianapolis Employee Files Suit, Says She Was Fired for Installing Air Fresheners

Indianapolis is being sued by a former courts official who alleges that she was fired after she installed air fresheners to combat a co-worker’s body odor. Amber Bridges’ federal lawsuit says she was fired last year for creating a hostile …

Utah Tattoo Parlor Settles with Man Who Has HIV

A 27-year-old Utah college student with HIV has reached a settlement with a tattoo parlor that denied him service based on his medical condition. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that denying the student service was a violation of the Americans …

Uber Sued Over Wheelchair Access by Chicago Disability Group

A Chicago-based disability rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. alleging the ride-hailing company has violated wheelchair accessibility laws. The lawsuit, filed by Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and three disabled people associated with the group, …

When Are Employee Wellness Programs No Longer Voluntary?

Dale Arnold, who worked for Wisconsin plastics maker Flambeau, chose not to take his work-sponsored health assessment and biometric screening. The company responded by pulling his insurance coverage. Like many employers, Flambeau uses a wellness program to cut insurance costs …

Judge in California Rules Uber Must Face Suit Claiming Bias Against Blind Riders

Uber Technologies Inc. must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled. In a decision late Friday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in …

Judge: Honeywell May Penalize Minnesota Workers Who Refuse Health Tests

A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that Honeywell Inc. could begin penalizing workers who refuse to take medical or biometric tests. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had asked the judge to block the program. But U.S. District Judge …