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July 20, 2017

A new case out of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), the highest state court, looks at whether a woman who had a valid prescription for medical marijuana, but failed her employer's drug test due to it and was fired as a result, could sustain a claim for handicap discrimination. The SJC held she could.

As explained by the SJC: 

[T]he plaintiff, Cristina Barbuto, was offered an entry-level po...

December 20, 2016

"The federal employment discrimination laws depend on the willingness of employees and applicants to challenge discrimination without fear of punishment. Individuals rely on the statutory prohibitions against retaliation, also known as "reprisal," when they complain to an employer about an alleged equal employment opportunity (EEO) violation, provide information as a witness in a company or agency inv...

December 5, 2016

As part of a series of how we as a country have decided to treat employees with serious medical issues, I include below the Congressional findings and purposes behind the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

I like explaining the purposes of laws to clients. I find they always agree, and they also appreciate that their lawmakers "get it." 

I also l...

November 16, 2016

First, it is not uncommon for individuals to develop or sustain a mental health disability over the course of their career. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) notes that "mental illnesses are common in the United States" and that as of 2014, 18.1% of the adult population suffered from a mental illness.

It could be depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder,...

August 30, 2016

The Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings, has issued a 2016 "Family Responsibilities Discrimination Litigation Update" regarding employment cases brought by caregivers. The report analyzed 4,400 cases of family responsibilities discrimination to determine recent trends. 

First, an excerpt from the report about what constitutes family responsibilities or caregiver...

August 1, 2016

Tom Spiggle, author of “You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired: Protecting Mothers, Fathers, and Other Caregivers in the Workplace” and an employment lawyer in Virginia and Tennessee does a nice job reviewing two recent cases on postpartum depression under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in which individuals alleged wrongful termination. He summarizes his takeaways as follows:

The lesson of these two...

July 25, 2016

To begin, you're not alone. National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently released a study about American workers’ perceptions of their health problems, experiences, issues, and challenges at work.  The researchers interviewed 1,601 employees. Overall, some 43 percent of them told researchers they believed their job negatively affec...

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