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Home Improvement Company Settles Disability Discrimination Case for $8.6 Million

Lowe’s, a giant home improvement retail company with more than 1,800 stores in the United States, recently settled a nationwide disability discrimination lawsuit for firing thousands of workers due to disability. Discriminatory Acts  The company was accused of engaging in a pattern of discrimination against its workers with disabilities when: It fired workers and failed to provide reasonable accommodations for workers whose medical leaves of absence exceeded the company’s maximum leave policy It fired workers who had a record of […]

Employers Can Be Required to Make Reasonable Accommodations for Non-Disabled Employees, California Court Rules

Non-disabled employees in California who are associated with a disabled person can be entitled to reasonable accommodations from their employers, a California court recently ruled. Overturning the decision of a lower court, this ruling issued by California Court of Appeals, Second District, effectively clarifies employers’ duties to provide reasonable accommodations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Background on the Case The case at the center of this decision, Luis Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express (Case Nos. B261165 […]

Fake Cover Letter Study Reveals Real Bias against Disabled Job Applicants

Highly qualified job applicants who disclose a disability in their cover letters are commonly discriminated against by employers, according to the findings of a recent study out of Rutgers and Syracuse universities. The researchers, who applied for thousands of accounting positions with fake cover letters and résumés, reportedly found that employers were more than 25 percent less likely to show interest in applicants who identified their disability in a cover letter when compared to applicants that did not. Commenting on […]

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