January 19, 2015

EEOC Steps Up Enforcement of Americans With Disabilities Act

Federal Agency Steps Up Enforcement of ADA Over the last three months, officials at the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have beefed up efforts to monitor and enforce the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act (the "ADA"). An EEOC news release in October, 2014, advised employers and others that the agency sought "renewed effort to hire people with disabilities." Statistics show that, since the EEOC began enforcing the ADA over 20 years ago, […]
October 11, 2012

King Soopers Supermarket Chain sued for Disability Discrimination

In Colorado, a supermarket chain known as King Soopers, Inc., has been sued for disability discrimination because it refused to accommodate long time employee when she attempted to use her medical leave to manage her disability with a bipolar disorder. Then the supermarket chain unlawfully fired the receptionist because of her condition. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought the lawsuit on behalf of the former employee. See: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-18-12a.cfm Disability discrimination is against the […]
October 8, 2012

Teenager with Down syndrome not allowed to board American Airlines flight

The parents of a teenager with Down syndrome claim they were kept off an American Airlines flight because the pilot did not want a disabled child in first class. Robert Vanderhorst, his wife and their 16-year-old son Bede were set to fly on American Airlines from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles. The carrier claims the decision was made for safety reasons, as the boy was agitated and running around the gate area before boarding, […]
September 5, 2012

Hawaii Electric Company to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). HECO, an electric distribution company, is the primary energy provider for the Hawaiian islands. The complaint alleged that HECO denied an employee a meter reader position due to an eye condition. The employee had a congenital eye condition resulting in blindness in one eye. The […]
August 1, 2012

Homestead Gardens Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit against a Davidson, Maryland, garden center.  The Homestead Gardens will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit for firing a worker because he has hemophilia.  In its suit, the EEOC charged that Homestead Gardens, the largest enclosed garden center in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C, metropolitan areas, engaged in disability discrimination when it fired Richard Starkey. Starkey […]
June 4, 2012

Mormons believe they face greater Discrimination than African-Americans

A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that Mormons believe their faith has created greater misunderstandings and prejudice over African-Americans, feeling misunderstood and discriminated against.
April 12, 2012

Felon suing state for lack of weight accommodation in Prison

A 400 pound man, Elias A. Diaz-55 years old, is a felon who spent eight months in jail, and is now claiming that he was given one set of street clothes and that the city did not accommodate for his weight. He alleges that the city did not find him clothes that fit, and is now suing the city for $1 million dollars in a federal lawsuit, for which $500,000 is sought for psychiatric treatment.