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Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

“Only The Hearing Impaired (And Some Doctors) Actually Believe Hearing Impairment Is A Disability"

These are the words of a hearing-impaired lawyer.  So — is hearing-impairment a disability? Deafness, or hearing impairment, as a disability, and the requirement of “reasonable accommodations,” is in the news because of a newly announced settlement of an Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) lawsuit brought by the EEOC against the Cheesecake Factory in Seattle. It was alleged…
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Woman In Labor: Court Denies Interpreter For Deaf Husband Because Request Not Like “Buying A Bag Of Chips”

I would like to know if the terms used by a judge in dismissing a disability claim — that the request for an accommodation was the equivalent of a “bag of chips” and was a “try on” –  has some local colloquial meaning or are simply insensitive words in any language. I know what he meant, but do the terms “bag of chips”…
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Don't Be Chained To “Fears, Biases or Stereotypes” Against People With Disabilities

The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) has, as one of its six national priorities, the elimination of barriers in recruitment and hiring.  Lately, the EEOC has seemed to focus upon deafness as a barrier to hiring — or as a reason for termination. We saw recently that “fears, biases or stereotypes” against people with disabilities is at…
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EEOC's New Accommodation For Those Who Are Deaf

My last post a few days ago dealt with deafness and reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Coincidentally (and illustrating the fact that reasonable accommodations for those who are deaf do, in fact, exist), the EEOC just announced that it is “launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing whose…
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Deafness And Reasonable Accommodation

A newly filed lawsuit gives me the opportunity to discuss — once again – the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), deafness as a disability, and the requirement of “reasonable accommodations.” What Is “Reasonable Accommodations?” The ADA provides that an employer has impermissibly discriminated against an employee claiming a disability where the employer has not made…
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RICHARD COHEN
Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States.

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AMY EPSTEIN GLUCK
Amy Epstein Gluck has represented individuals and corporate clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various federal district courts for more than twenty years. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law—advising on and drafting employment agreements; handling employment negotiations, severance agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, “wrongful terminations” and other EEO matters; representation at the EEOC level; advising employers about discrimination laws and how to remain in compliance, and employment negotiations.

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