When Can an Employee Receive Unpaid Leave as an Accommodation Under The ADA

There has been a growing swell of litigation and negotiations between employers and employees to provide unpaid leave under the Americans with Disabilities act. In response to this increase in litigation (and focus), the EEOC issued a publication regarding the issue. The publication discusses a wide range of relevant topics including what employers and employees need to consider and […]

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EEOC Settles 45 year old Race Discrimination Case for 1.65 Million Against Sheet Metal Workers’ Union

The EEOC announced on April 13, 2016 that it reached a partial settlement of a race discrimination claims made against Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its associated apprenticeship school. The lawsuit was originally filed in 1971 in the Southern District of New York by the Department of Justice. The EEOC replaced the DOJ in […]

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The Confusion About Statutes of Limitations in Race Discrimination Cases

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employee has 180 days from the date of a discriminatory act to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.  That 180 days is expanded to 300 days in those states which have their own Human Rights Act.  But Title VII is not the only law against race […]

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EEOC Lawsuit Emphasizes Limits on Requests for Medical Records under the ADA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit on behalf an employee that was allegedly fired for not executing a medical release relating to a Fitness-for-Duty examination to return to work. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) an employer may require an employee to submit to a medical examination if the employer has a reasonable belief that the employee […]

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EEOC Critical Of Federal Government’s Self-Policing Of Discrimination—And It’s Getting Worse

When an employee or job applicant believes he has been discriminated against by a private employer he can file a charge with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or a state or municipal agency like the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights or the Chicago Commission on Human Rights). But if the employer […]

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