Posts Tagged ‘workplace accommodation’

Retaliation 101

A recent opinion from the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals involving Tulsa’s American Airlines facility serves as a reminder of the kind of evidence required to establish retaliation. Worker sues after failing competency test and losing position In Pittman v. American Airlines, Inc., employee Anna Pittman filed suit after being rejected for a hazardous…

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Vague, open-ended medical leave denied

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to consider a leave of absence for an employee due to a medical condition as a form of accommodation. However, that requirement is not without limitations. A recent appeals court decision that applies to Oklahoma employers demonstrates that an employer may not be required to provide leave to…

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Court rules employer not able to accommodate pregnant employee

A recent ruling by the federal appeals court that covers Oklahoma reminds employers that they must treat pregnant employees with health conditions or work limitations the same as any other employee with health conditions or work limitations. Pregnant employee can’t perform essential job requirement Stacey Jackson worked as an operator at a fertilizer plant owned…

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ACCOMMODATION » A place to pray

Within the last couple of years, we have highlighted a number of cases involving religion in the workplace and, specifically, religious accommodations, such as allowing employees to wear head scarves or other personal religious symbols. Late last year, a federal district court in Kansas was faced with the question of whether an employer properly attempted to accommodate the praying requirements of a Muslim employee.

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MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES » Employers more proactive about employees’ mental health

According to the National Institute of Health, at least one out of every four adult Americans suffers from a mental health disorder. Depression and anxiety disorders are particularly common. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits an employer from discriminating against qualified, disabled employees and requires employers to reasonably accommodate their employees…

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Employers are required to offer reasonable accommodations

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are required to make “reasonable accommodations” for disabled employees so that they can continue to perform the essential functions of their jobs. In some cases, this might mean making physical changes to the workplace to make it more accessible or usable. In other cases, it might include purchasing special…

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