EEOC CHALLENGES WELLNESS PROGRAM UNDER ADA

August 21, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged in a lawsuit that Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to medical exams and inquiries that were not job-related and consistent with business necessity as part of a wellness program, which was not voluntary, and then by firing the employee when she objected to the program. Read the rest of this entry »


3RD CIRCUIT SAYS U.S. MAIL MAY NOT BE ADEQUATE FOR FMLA NOTICES

August 16, 2014

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that relying on the post office to deliver a letter may not be adequate.  The 3rd Circuit said that in this age of computerized communications, it is not expecting too much to require businesses that wish to avoid a material dispute about the receipt of a letter to use some form of mailing that includes verifiable receipt when mailing something as important as a legally mandated notice. Read the rest of this entry »


DRUG STORE CHAIN TO PAY $180,000 TO SETTLE EEOC DISABILITY SUIT

July 24, 2014

Drugstore giant Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a longtime employee with diabetes and to implement revised policies and training to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Read the rest of this entry »


WAL-MART TO PAY $275,000 TO EMPLOYEE FIRED AFTER SURGERY

February 16, 2012

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $275,000 to settle a disability lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC.

In its lawsuit, the EEOC charged that the company denied a 12-year employee of its East Tennessee distribution center in Midway, Tennessee, a reasonable accommodation after he had cancer surgery, which left him with weakness in his right shoulder. Read the rest of this entry »