Is Baba Maleta Syndrome A Disability?

I hope you don’t know anyone suffering from “Baba Maleta” Syndrome.  It’s not pretty.

But is it a disability?

Answer:  It sure is disabling to those suffering from it, and  millions are afflicted, but it is not covered under the ADA.

How can this be?

Ok, enough with the kidding around.  According to a Manila news source, “Baba Maleta syndrome,” also […]

Laïcité: What Is It And Why Should We Know About It?

Religion — and religious accommodation in the workplace — is front and center these days – from the Supreme Court to national electoral politics.  We think that we know all about it.

Ever hear the term “laïcité?”

“France’s strict legal separation of religious and civic life — a legacy of the French Revolution known as laïcité — formally […]

Addiction—Behavior Issue or Disability?

This is the second in a series of posts by my partner Amy Epstein Gluck.

Addiction—Behavior Issue or Disability?

Well, it depends.

While actors seem to check in and out of rehabilitation facilities with alarming regularity and then return to well-paying roles, the average employee may not have it so easy.

Let’s break it down.

An addiction—to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex—may […]

Dyslexic Employee Wins Disability Suit

First a definition:

“Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), […]

Why Doesn’t This Administration Help Victims Of Religious Discrimination?

This question has been asked for over 7 years. Is it true?

One thing is certain about this EEOC:  it has decidedly not abandoned its efforts to pursue claims of employment discrimination based upon religion.

Religious discrimination, formerly a backwater of discrimination law, has shot to the forefront in recent years, as I noted in a prior post.   […]

Vail Condo Pays $1 Million For Sexual Harassment Of Vulnerable Workers

The EEOC just announced an enormous settlement of $1,020,000 with a Vail, Colo. condo complex and its management company in a case of sexual harassment.

Remember the “vulnerable workers” who are the easy targets for employment discrimination and harassment?  And who are one of the EEOC’s priorities under its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP)?

Recall the infamous Henry’s Turkey’s case, […]

Retaliation Charges Almost Half of EEOC’s FY 2015 Filings

The types of employment discrimination charges filed with the EEOC always gives a good indication as to what is happening in the US workplace, even if is not always a perfect barometer.

As it does annually, the EEOC just released its report for fiscal year 2015 (which ended September 30). It reported that there were 89,385 […]

Women On Board = Profits

“Women in Company Leadership Tied to Stronger Profits, Study Says,” by Daniel Victor, is a must read article published today in the New York Times.

According to the new study “Many corporations are lacking in gender diversity.  Almost 60 percent of the companies reviewed had no female board members, and more than 50 percent had no female […]

Employment Mavens: Is “Extreme Gas” A Disability”

This is a real lawsuit, the allegations of which have gone viral because of all of the obvious jokes that can – and have been – made.  But it’s no joke to the sufferer – or the employer.

Apparently an employee, who weighed 420 pounds, underwent gastric bypass surgery and as a result developed side effects:  extreme […]

Sex Discrimination Is Not Just About Sex

My partner, Amy Epstein Gluck, a veteran employment lawyer in DC and Virginia, has delighted me by agreeing to author a series of guest posts.

This is the first in the series by Amy.

In the last eighteen months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has maintained that sexual orientation and gender identity is included within […]