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Law Doesn't Require Employee's Requested Religious Accommodation

When an employee requests a religious accommodation to an employment policy, the law only requires the employer to offer a reasonable accommodation that protects the employee's religious interests. It does not require employers to provide the specific accommodation requested by the employee.

Are Accommodations Only Required For Work-Related Conditions?

No. If you have a disability, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires your employer to make a reasonable accommodation, as long as doing so would not create undue hardship for your employer. Undue hardship generally means significant difficulty or expense.

Court: FMLA Leave Must Be For Care, Not Evaluation Of Illness

When an employee refused to travel for work based on his wife's ongoing heart troubles, he did not have a valid claim for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a federal court has found. In this instance, the man did not actually provide any care and his company could not have known he was attempting to make an FMLA claim.

What Do Managers Need To Know About Reasonable Accommodations?

Federal law requires most employers to provide reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities and religious needs. A reasonable accommodation is generally a change in the way the work is performed. It could include schedule changes, technology changes or even allowing the person to work remotely. The accommodation is considered reasonable if it would not create "undue hardship," meaning significant cost or disruption, for the employer.

Facing Criticism, Walmart Will Offer Disabled Greeters New Jobs

Walmart announced recently that it plans to eliminate the position of store greeter at all U.S. stores, effective in late April. The news came as a shock to many Walmart greeters, especially those with disabilities. In the past, Walmart had been praised for providing viable jobs for people with a variety of disabilities, offering them the chance to represent the company when customers enter the store.

Report: Pregnant Women Systematically Sidelined By Top Employers

Thatcher logo.jpgThe New York Times has published a prominent report on pregnancy discrimination in America's workforce. Reporters interviewed dozens of women who claim to have suffered pregnancy discrimination, along with their lawyers and a number of government officials. They also reviewed thousands of pages of public records and court documents. They identified a clear pattern of systemic discrimination at many of our nation's biggest and most prestigious companies.

U of Maryland physicians settle disability discrimination suit

Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, employers here in Maryland and throughout the country are banned from discriminating against people with disabilities. Discriminatory actions include not only things like the outright refusal to hire a person based on a disability, and refusing a promotion to someone on the basis of a disability, but also failing to make reasonable accommodations to facilitate a disabled person's employment.

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