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Accommodating Employees’ Mental Health Conditions Presents Unique Challenges

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Human Resources Compliance
Most employers know they are obligated under the ADA to accommodate mental as well as physical disabilities.  In theory that seems easy enough, but in practice mental health conditions are much more difficult to deal with than physical disabilities.   For example, a common problem is that the employer often lacks specific information about the nature… Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit Reverses $4.5 Million Sanction Against EEOC

Posted in Litigation and Trials, Sex Discrimination, Title VII
Two years ago, Judge Linda Reade of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa made headlines when she dismissed an EEOC lawsuit on behalf of 270 current and former female long haul drivers of Cedar Rapids based CRST Van Expedited.   What was notable about the decision was not so much the dismissal itself as the… Continue Reading

What’s Ahead in Discrimination Litigation for 2011?

Posted in Human Resources Compliance, Litigation and Trials
One of the best ways to predict this year’s trends in discrimination litigation is to examine last year’s charge statistics from the EEOC and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.    Any person who claims a violation of the state or federal anti-discrimination laws must first file an administrative charge with one or the other of these agencies.   … Continue Reading

U.S. District Court in Iowa Imposes $4.5 Million Sanction against EEOC

Posted in Litigation and Trials, Sex Discrimination, Title VII
On February 9, 2010, U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (link courtesy of Ross Runkel) to pay Cedar Rapids based CRST Van Expedited $4.5 million in attorney’s fees and costs it incurred to defend itself against a meritless sexual harassment lawsuit. The action started in 2005 when a CRST employee filed… Continue Reading

Weekly Web Roundup, October 30, 2009

Posted in Disability Discrimination, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Sex Discrimination, Title VII
The EEOC has revised its "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster.    The poster was revised to reflect new federal employment laws, including the ADA Amendments, and the Genetic Non Discrimination in Employment Act ("GINA").  Employers can either obtain a new poster, or a supplement their existing poster.   The new posting is mandatory effective November 21, 2009. … Continue Reading

Weekly Web Roundup: October 2, 2009

Posted in Age Discrimination, Human Resources Compliance, Social Networking, Wage and Hour
More signs this week that the federal government is ramping up enforcement of employment laws.  The Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is seeking a $22 million budget increase for 2010, and is seeking to hire 50 new attorneys.   Law Memo Employment Law Blog reports that the EEOC has been very active recently in filing lawsuits.   The Agency  filed 32 lawsuits against employers… Continue Reading

How to Avoid Liability for Discrimination

Posted in Human Resources Compliance, Sex Discrimination, Title VII
A recent decision from the Eighth Circuit provides good training material about what "not to do" if you want to your company to avoid being liable for discrimination, and possibly punitive damages. The EEOC filed suit against Siouxland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, a medical clinic in Sioux Falls South Dakota.   The complaint alleged that Siouxland terminated… Continue Reading

Weekly Web Roundup

Posted in Race Discrimination
This week we are trying out a new feature on our Blog.  A weekly round-up of important, interesting, practical, or funny employment law information and news posted in blogs or otherwise on the world wide web during the past week.  Please contact us with any information or feedback.  Here we go for the first edition:… Continue Reading

Update: Religious Discrimination

Posted in Religion, Title VII
Two recent cases out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (which includes Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, and North and South Dakota) serve as important reminders that employers should be alert to potential claims of religious discrimination and religion based harassment occurring in their work places: On July 31, the EEOC… Continue Reading

Good News on the ADA–One More Court Rules the Amendments Are Not Retroactive

Posted in Disability Discrimination
Earlier this year, we identified the Amendments to the ADA–known as the "ADAAA" –as one of the top human resources challenges of 2009.   The amendments became effective January 1, 2009.   One of the most significant changes in the new law as compared to the old ADA concerns the definition of "disability".   One of Congress intentions in the ADAAA was… Continue Reading

EEOC Publishes Guidelines to Avoid Discrimination Against Caregivers

Posted in Human Resources Compliance
Employers should take note of a recent EEOC publication entitled "Employer Best Practices for Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities", available on the EEOC website, or by clicking here.    Although an employee’s status as a caregiver is not protected under any federal or Iowa law, the EEOC nonetheless takes the position that discrimination against such employees can constitute… Continue Reading