If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, but is not a duck where can it go to the bathroom?

Transgenderism and gender identity have been in the news a great deal lately. The EEOC’s position is that an individual is whatever they identify as being when it comes to gender. For most people that works when it comes to hair and clothing but what about going to the bathroom? Some people get very uncomfortable …

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Working for your supervisor may be stressful but it is not a disability

One of the more interesting cases I have come across lately involves an employee who claimed a disability due to the stress she experienced working for her supervisor and having to deal with Human Resources. The accommodation she was seeking was first an extended medical leave and then permanent reassignment to a different department. The …

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Another Case of Stupid HR

In Minneapolis the EEOC announced they reached a deal with a company accused of firing a veteran with a service related disability. The press release from the EEOC said “a Plymouth, Minn., Roto Rooter location denied an employee who returned from the Iraq War with service-related disabilities reasonable accommodations to enable him to return to …

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Caregivers are protected from associational discrimination

I have written a couple of times about associational discrimination as you can find here and here. What is associational discrimination you ask? Basically it is when and employee suffers some job discrimination because of their association with someone who is protected. This protection is received under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of …

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What do you do when your pregnant employee is too big?

What do you do when you have a pregnant employee who has gotten to the point of being too large, in your opinion, to do her job? There are several answers to this question you just have to be sure your pick the right one. According to the EEOC one company did not. The case …

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Why being accommodating is important, whether you have to or not.

The definition of accommodation is varied. According to my online dictionary it means: The act of accommodating; the state or process of being accommodated; adaptation. Adjustment of differences; reconciliation. A process of mutual adaptation between persons or social groups, usu. achieved by eliminating or reducing hostility. Anything that supplies a need, want, convenience, etc. From …

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Another case of stupid HR?

The EEOC has announced that they have filed a lawsuit against Dollar General for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The specifics of the case, as stated by the EEOC, seem to point to a case of stupid HR. The specifics At the Maryville, Tennessee store a cashier suffered from insulin-dependent diabetes. At …

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