Your disability already complicates many activities other people may take for granted. Whether you have a physical or mental impairment, every day brings challenges and obstacles. Perhaps your disability is obvious, for example, if you use a wheelchair. However, you may be one of many who suffer from invisible impairments such as diabetes, bipolar disorder or hypertension.
California residents may be interested to learn about a lawsuit that is being filed against FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit was announced on Oct. 10 and alleges that FedEx Ground has failed to provide accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees on a national level.
Readers in California might be interested to know that an employee of Target Corporation is suing the company for racial and disability discrimination and retaliation. The filing was submitted in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on July 23.
California residents may be interested to learn that a district court judge ruled that the entrance to Hollister stores violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hollister is a nationwide chain of clothing stores owned by Abercrombie & Fitch. The case, which started in 2009, alleges disability discrimination because store entrances are not accessible to persons with disabilities.
After losing her leg in an accident, a woman remained determined to enter the workforce again once she recovered from her injury. She later received a prosthetic leg and was hired by a staffing agency in October 2010 to work for Sony Electronics. Two days after being hired, the woman was let go.
Thanks to a number of federal and state laws, many Los Angeles employees are protected from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. What workers and employers need to understand, though, is that current anti-discrimination laws in California do not make other forms of discrimination and harassment acceptable in the workplace.
High unemployment rates have created an influx of job seekers, creating larger pools of applicants for Los Angeles employers to wade through. In response, some employers are using personality tests to eliminate applicants. However, this practice does have some workers wondering whether this makes it easier for employers to discriminate against applicants without any repercussions.
Three months after informing board members that she had breast cancer and would be undergoing treatment, the CEO of Tuesday Morning Corp. was fired. Not only has she had to battle cancer over the past few months, but now the woman is also fighting to get her job back, which she says she never should have been fired from.
Two years ago, a store manager at a Rite Aid located in Los Angeles was informed by her doctor that she had developed a "serious disability." Fortunately, the woman's condition did not prevent her from being able to perform her work duties. But five months after telling her employer about her condition, the woman was fired. After reviewing the woman's disability discrimination case, a Los Angeles jury awarded the store manager $3.5 million in damages for wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation.
In 2007, a criminal court bailiff in Los Angeles County was put on patrol duties by the Sheriff's Department even though the department knew that the employee suffered from physical disabilities. The woman could not perform some of her patrol tasks because she had suffered herniated discs in her lower back. She also suffered from nerve damage and had torn her Achilles tendon.