Disability Discrimination

A December 2016 publication from the EEOC titled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights” doesn’t exactly break new ground. It does, however, highlight issues that arise repeatedly in disability discrimination cases and, therefore, bear repeating. Here are the key takeaways:

  1. The definition of what constitutes a

I recently participated in a panel discussion about ADA/FEHA reasonable accommodation and interactive process issues for the LA County Bar Association. I presented on a panel with a plaintiff’s attorney and a disability rights expert/mediator.

Doctor's note
Copyright: hvostik / 123RF Stock Photo

Despite our differing points of view, there were many

Reasonable accommodation issues are tough.  Employees often want a lot of things that are not justified by a doctor’s note, and appropriately documenting the interactive process can be an uphill battle.

If you are in the LA area and have burning questions about how to reasonably accommodate employees under the ADA and California’s FEHA, then

Rather than coming up with New Year’s resolutions for myself, I find it much easier to come up with resolutions for others. Here are my suggested resolutions for California HR professionals:

Copyright: filmfoto / 123RF Stock Photo
Copyright: filmfoto / 123RF Stock Photo
  1. Be fair. Evaluate your company’s payroll in preparation for California’s Fair Pay Act

As an alum of USC Law, I have been particularly interested in the news surrounding USC’s termination of football coach, Steve Sarkisian.  In fact, several of my colleagues have already blogged about it here and here.

When the coach was fired, several clients immediately asked me: “Can USC do that?”  The general sense was

The Bar Association of San Francisco is presenting a seminar: 2015 Disability Employment Law Updates. It will take place on December 8, 2015, from noon to 1:30, at the BASF Conference Center, 301 Battery St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Krista Stone-Manista of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP will present the plaintiff’s