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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

One more time: you must seek a reasonable accommodation for employees who have disabilities or who are pregnant

A couple of useful takeaways from this latest settlement of a “low hanging fruit” EEOC lawsuit. The EEOC announced that a large health network which owned and operated three Arizona hospitals agreed to pay $545,000 to settle … yes, you guessed it! – a lawsuit which alleged discrimination against employees with disabilities and pregnant women…
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Pregnant Bartender Will Not Wear Hot Pants? Fired!

Another pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in the news.   Seems like I’m writing this every day. A sports bar in Texas just settled with the EEOC for $24,000 in a Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) lawsuit. What did they supposedly do? Well, it seems that a bartender who became pregnant began wearing capri pants “and added a second…
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"Still Easy Pickins!" Healthcare Providers And Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination

Well, another healthcare provider nabbed by the EEOC for allegedly violating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), an amendment to the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Add this to the numerous such lawsuits brought against heathcare providers under the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Once again, a new lawsuit makes it time…
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Pregnant And Want A Workplace Accommodation? Forget It: ‘It’s Not Prison. You Can Quit!’

Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is the subject of my new article in Above The Law. “One way of understanding the [Pregnancy Discrimination Act] PDA is to look to the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) — there are many similarities and intersections between the two statutes, from the intent and purpose to the accommodation requirements. …
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Employers Cannot Play “Father Knows Best” To Pregnant Employees

It may seem that’s where we’re heading, but its no longer the ‘fifties.  Paternalism is a no-no when it comes to pregnant employees. We’ve said it before – it is against the law to discriminate – to fire – pregnant employees “for their own good.” One more employer has learned that lesson and is $55,000…
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You Have Too Many Children: If You Get Pregnant You’re Fired!

Yes, this is exactly what a California wholesale distributer of orchids told female employees at staff meetings, according to a new EEOC lawsuit. And more. The employees were also told “not to get pregnant, that they have too many children, and the next person to get pregnant should stay home and consider herself fired.” And,…
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I’m A F….ing Idiot To Let A Pregnant Girl Work Behind The Bar

Myth, fears and outdated paternalistic notions about pregnancy still top the charts for scrutiny by the EEOC. I have often cited the EEOC’s six national priorities set forth in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”).   One such priority is “to address emerging and developing issues … including issues involving the ADA and pregnancy-related limitations.” In this regard,…
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New: NYC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The New York City Commission on Human Rights just announced the publication of its “Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy: Local Law No. 78 (2013); N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 8-107(22),” which is a must-read for NYC employers. It sets out what is considered pregnancy discrimination under NYC law – which is must…
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Five Tips If You're Planning To Fire A Pregnant Employee, Especially One With A Disability

The EEOC has long declared in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) that issues “involving the intersection between the ADA and pregnancy-related limitations is one of [its] six national priorities.” And as we have frequently seen, going after a medical or health facility for violations of these laws is not only a priority but “low hanging fruit”…
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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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