Lessons Learned from Recent Employment Disability Discrimination Cases against Sharp Healthcare and Home Depot

The first case presents an example of an applicant being discriminated against based on her disability even before starting to work.  On November 1, 2016, San Diego health system Sharp Healthcare paid $90,000 as part of a settlement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed the disability di...

Recent Employment Discrimination Claims against Investment Technology Company Wilshire Analytics and the U.S. Postal Service

Last week, our attorneys reported another interesting age, gender and race discrimination case in Los Angeles County. In this case, a former president of a reputable investment technology company called Wilshire Analytics sued her former employer and its founder, Chairman and CEO Dennis A. Tito alleging that she was te...

Large Gas Station Operator Murphy Oil Faces Disability Discrimination Lawsuit under ADA by Former Employee

A disability discrimination lawsuit was filed last week against a large gas station operator by the name of Murphy Oil.  The main allegation by the former employee was that the company terminated him knowing he had severe back problems instead of accommodating him in compliance with the law.  The employee worked for ...

Mocking Employees Places Wal-Mart in Hot Water After Charges of Disability Discrimination

An interesting case this week charges Wal-Mart with failing to prevent a hostile work environment and disability discrimination.  The former employee was a disabled forty-seven year old with cerebral palsy who had a long and proven track record of nineteen years working at Wal-Mart.  He even had a coach who trained h...

Gender and Disability Discrimination Continue to Flood the Courts

This week we observed additional interesting cases of gender and disability discrimination.   One case was settled by the troubled restaurant chain Chipotle and the other by a hospital chain.  These cases are a constant reminder that discrimination and retaliation are persistent events occurring in our society and t...

Former USC Coach Sues for $30 Million Under Alcoholism-Related Disability Discrimination

An interesting recent lawsuit shows the complex world of disability discrimination and the requirements of employers to engage in the interactive process. The lawsuit was brought by USC’s former head coach Steve Sarkisian and alleges that the University fired him instead of accommodating his drinking problem (a disab...

Airline Employee Rights

Let's say you work for an airline carrier. What are your employee rights if you have an issue related to your employment with the airline? The answer depends on (1) whether you belong to a union and (2) what type of issue or claim you have. We will examine each in turn. If you belong to a union, your union will typi...

Nurse’s Reasonable Accommodation: Example of Workplace Discrimination

Recently, a court held that an employer must be fully responsive to a disabled employee's accommodation request when the request is for reassignment or risk workplace discrimination. The decision allowed a disabled nurse to take her case to the jury after her hospital unreasonably failed to reassign her to anothe...

Is Your Workplace Wellness Program Discrimination? EEOC Thinks So

Over the last several years, the Affordable Care Act expanded employers' ability to offer wellness programs at the risk of workplace discrimination. In 2014, companies aimed to improve the health of their employees while reducing health care costs. Rewarding employees for achieving health goals (and lowering comp...