Accommodating the “hard of hearing” employee

I recently had some illness related hearing issues and found myself in a position of not being able to hear what was being said to me, especially in a crowded room. This got me to thinking about the challenges of employees who, due to illness or age, have acquired hearing related problems. How does an …

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Being fair does not mean treating everyone the same

If you have been in HR for any time you know that there is a misperception that everyone has to be treated the same in order to be “fair.” If only it were that easy. Employees bring different circumstances to every situation therefore the HR person has to consider those circumstances. The EEOC realizes this …

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Common sense could save you time, money and a lawsuit

The old saying is that common sense isn’t so common seems to hold true in many employment discrimination lawsuits. Wouldn’t seem to be common sense to allow an employee to periodically sit for short periods during the day as a reasonable accommodation? Apparently one company didn’t think so. Fired the employee rather than let her …

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From the Archive: Pointers on avoiding Diabetes Discrimination

With the headline the other day that said that Half Of Adults In The U.S. Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes, Study Finds I thought it would be helpful to repost this blog from two years ago.  You have all heard the news. Diabetes is considered to be an epidemic in the United States. According to the American Diabetes …

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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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Three Ways to Accommodate Older Workers

July 7th  is/was my birthday depending on when you are reading this. I will admit it was my 63rd. I am aware of issues with being older and the perceptions people have of you capabilities. As I was reviewing some material I came across this brief article by Michael North and Hal Hershfield called Accommodate …

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Why attendance doesn’t actually mean physical presence

In a case involving the Ford Motor Co., brought by the EEOC, the U.S. District court acknowledged the fact that technology is having an impact on the definitions in the workplace. Reasonable accommodation In a case of an employee who had a bowel problem that made it difficult for her to work outside of the …

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Pointers on avoiding Diabetes Discrimination

  You have all heard the news. Diabetes is considered to be an epidemic in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association “..nearly 26 million adults and children living with the disease. An additional 79 million have prediabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes” With those numbers in a …

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