Federal Court Rules that pregnancy - alone - is not a disability

A Federal Court has ruled that an employee cannot sue under federal law for discrimination based on her pregnancy, because pregnancy alone isn’t a “disability” under the law. In Arozarena v. Carpenter Co., 2018 BL 184934, E.D. Pa., No. 5:1… Read More
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Federal Court Allows Parties to Shorten Limitations Periods by Contract

In Bracey v. Lancaster Foods, LLC, No. RDB-17-1826, 2018 BL 112613 (D. Md. Mar. 30, 2018), the Maryland Federal Court reiterated the rule that statutory limitations periods may be shortened by agreement, so long as the limitations period is not unrea… Read More
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Maryland Federal Court Reinforces View Regarding Disability Accommodations in Employment

In Townes v. Md. Dep’t of Juvenile Svcs., the plaintiff alleged that her employer, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, violated her rights under the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (“MFEPA”), by not providing a rea… Read More
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Supreme Court Denies Review in ADA Obesity Case

Recently, in Morriss v. BNSF Ry. Co., U.S., No. 16-233, cert. denied Oct. 3, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a rejected job applicant’s claim that morbid obesity should be covered as an impairment under the Americans with Disabi… Read More
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Religious Employment Discrimination

Employers and employees alike may suffer severe misunderstandings about employment discrimination law. The recent Supreme Court case of E.E.O.C. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2028, 2031, 192 L. Ed. 2d 35 (2015), pinpoints one su… Read More
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ADA accommodations need only be “reasonable”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), in a nutshell, prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of a disability.  42 U.S.C. § 12112(a).  Yet, this simple, well-intended proposition seems to create a countle… Read More
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Requesting FMLA leave before meeting the eligibility standards

As most of us know, the FMLA provides an employee with 12 weeks of leave during any 12 month period in which a “serious health condition” prevents the employee from performing the functions of his or her position.  However, there are eligibility… Read More
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