Monthly Archives: July 2010

Alleviating Commuting Woes as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

  Does an employer’s duty to reasonably accommodate an employee’s disability include the duty to alleviate commuting challenges caused by the disability? Two courts of appeals recently held that it does unless to do so would be an undue hardship; both decisions reversed summary judgment for the employer on the ADA claims. In both cases, … Continue Reading


  Sitting in the Rose Garden on July 26, 1990, President G.W.Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act and, no doubt intending the historical analogy, declared it "the emancipation proclamation" for those with disabilities. To commemorate the ADA’s 20th Anniversary, I am going to re-read my favorite ADA case, the Supreme Court’s 2001 decision in PGA Tour, … Continue Reading

ADA, FMLA Collide at Wisbey and Carmona

  The ADA and FMLA collided in two cases recently and, whenever that occurs, accident reconstruction, so to speak, is in order. In Wisbey v. City of Lincoln, NE, emergency dispatcher Wisbey was granted intermittent FMLA leave for the "next 6 months or longer" because of depression and anxiety. Her FMLA paperwork prompted the City … Continue Reading

Electronic Book Readers Must Meet ADA Accessibility Requirements, says DOJ

  Emerging technology clashes with ADA accessibility requirements, as the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education warn colleges and university about requiring classroom use of electronic readers. In an open letter to college and university presidents, the federal departments "express[ed] concern" that some electronic book readers "lack an accessible text-to-speech function," making … Continue Reading

Burning Down the House: Considering the “Worst Case Scenario” In Determining Whether an Obese, Diabetic Employee is Qualified

  We readily conceded that our recent post concerning the Hooters waitress placed on “weight probation” was “not your typical weight discrimination” case. Here is a more typical one, which also addresses whether an employer may consider the “worst case scenario,” so to speak, in determining whether an employee is a qualified individual with a … Continue Reading