Category: Discrimination

COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace

Covid-19 Vaccines and Masks in the Workplace—What You Need to Know

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the body responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit job discrimination and harassment, has issued guidance regarding workplace policies created in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many employers have adapted specific policies to facilitate the safe return of employees to the workplace.  Below you will find a summary of the most recent EEOC guidance regarding the legality of mandatory vaccination or mask wearing policies for employees.

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COVID-19 Paid Job Leave in 2021

Paid Job Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is Set to Expire. Now What?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that provided eligible employees with 80 hours of paid sick leave and 12 weeks of paid family leave, among other things. However, these laws as we know them will both expire on December 31, 2020. What kinds of job protection do you still have, and what are your options going forward to keep you and your family safe? Your Ohio Employment Lawyers explain everything you need to know about the changes to the FFCRA’s paid leave laws as we head into 2021. Continue reading “COVID-19 Paid Job Leave in 2021”

LGBT Discrimination is Unlawful

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace is Unlawful.

Firing Gay, Lesbian, or Trans Employees Based on Their Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity is Unlawful Under Title VII!

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court published its decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, a landmark case for LGBTQ employees. The Court held that employment discrimination based upon an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision is a major victory that will extend protection against employment discrimination to millions of LGBT workers throughout the United States.

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COVID-19: Do You Have to Return to Work? Legal Rights on Concerns About Returning to Work

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Businesses throughout the country are beginning to reopen. While many people who may have experienced layoffs or reduced hours anxiously await returning to work, this poses a grave concern for employees who, because of a medical condition, are at high risk should they become ill with COVID-19. Can you be forced to return to work, even if you don’t feel safe doing so? What kinds of legal protections are available to you in this situation? Your Ohio Employment Attorney breaks down what you need to know about your right to request a Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Can My Employer Use My History of Drug Addiction Against Me?

Has an employer refused to hire you, fired you, or otherwise discriminated against you based on your current or past alcohol or drug addiction? You may be protected from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your Columbus, Ohio employment attorney breaks down what you need to know about the ADA’s protection against discrimination for current or past drug addiction.

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Wrongful Termination Damages and Settlements

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What are the damages and employee can recover or settlement can an employee get if you sue your employer in Ohio for an employment law violation?    

The answer to this question will depend on the type of legal claim you bring.  For example, discrimination lawsuits have different damages available if it involves a hostile work environment or a wrongful termination. Also, discrimination under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has different damages than discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Is job reassignment a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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If you cannot perform your job due to a disability, and you request to be reassigned to a job you are able to perform as an ADA accommodation, can your employer make you compete for this open position with other job applicants? This likely depends on where you live. Our Columbus, Ohio ADA Disability attorneys provide a full analysis of this issue and the current divide among the  U.S. federal courts. 

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Morrissey v. Laurel Health Care Company: Sixth Circuit Issues Favorable Opinion on Employee’s ADA Failure to Accommodate Claim

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Earlier this month (December 3, 2019), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a favorable opinion for employee rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Morrissey v. Laurel Health Care Company, the plaintiff was a licensed practical nurse that was forced to quit her job because her employer would not accommodate her work restrictions, which included a reduced or modified work schedule. The employer had a policy that denied accommodations and work restrictions unless they were due to a work related injury. Our Columbus ADA Disability attorneys provide a full analysis in this article.

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What is a “Reasonable Accommodation” Under the ADA?

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What types of accommodations are individuals able to request so that that they can perform their job despite a medical condition?  The answer is not as straightforward as you might expect.  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or the ADA, is one of the most complex employment laws. Our Ohio ADA Lawyers walk you through reasonable accommodations under the ADA. Continue reading “What is a “Reasonable Accommodation” Under the ADA?”