reasonable accommodation for disability

The EEOC recently announced the commencement of a new lawsuit which it filed accusing a leading health care provider in Maryland of violating the ADA for failing to provide a reasonable accommodation and then firing a pulmonary function technologist because she suffers from Usher’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder that impairs hearing and vision.


NewYork’s highest court ruled unanimously today that, on a motion to dismiss under the expansive NYC Human Rights Law, an indefinite leave for a disability is not per an unreasonable accommodation, but that it is the employer’s burden to plead and prove undue hardship.

This ruling, although virtually preordained by the City law’s edict that

We have blogged before about allergies and whether under the ADA an employer has an obligation to make reasonable accommodations for an allergic employee.

For instance, we reported on a court decision about a lab employee who could not work with irritating chemicals but who rejected a full face respirator offered by the employer because

16055715_sEquip for Equality, which is an “independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois,” has just announced that it has filed a lawsuit in Illinois against a hotel that fired a front desk clerk with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Lately we have been consumed by urine; that is, we have written a lot about drug testing, urine testing, paruresis and the ADA.  Heady stuff.

So now we feel it is time to turn 180 degrees and discuss a medical secretary who suffered “a debilitating and embarrassing bowel condition” and asked for an accommodation –

[*Thanks to Debra Healy, a Conflict Consultant/Mediator in Portland, Oregon, who, while pointing out that she had trouble linking in to our post of yesterday, “No Urine, No Job! — New EEOC Lawsuit,” also suggested the title which we use now to re-publish the previous post, in the hope that the link problem

Chalk up another direct hit for the EEOC – one more ADA lawsuit filed against a health care provider.  Feel free to go back to our numerous posts about health care providers being a favorite target for the EEOC when it comes to disability suits.

We have dubbed this exercise by the EEOC “like

Although the UK Equality Act, like the US ADA, prohibits disability discrimination, a Macmillan Cancer Support/YouGov online survey says that 37% of employees who undergo cancer treatment report discrimination, an increase from 23% in 2010.  It also found that 9% felt harassed enough to quit, and 13% reported lack of reasonable accommodations. 

The Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer