The Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) was enacted on July 26, 1990, with the goal of making American society more accessible for people with disabilities. One goal of accessibility was to provide protection for employees and job applicants who have permanent disabilities, while balancing the rights of disabled workers with the right of the employer… Read More

Recent debates over a person’s right to privacy may propel the assumption that an employee’s right to privacy on a work computer is limited at best.  But is unwanted access by co-workers, as compared to employers, to personal materials on another employee’s computer considered an invasion of privacy? This debate was recently presented before a… Read More

  I recently put together a presentation explaining the discrimination and firings of employees diagnosed with Lyme disease and emphasized methods to combat the bias and intolerance of diseases in general. More applicably to this blog however are my inclusions of the rights of both disabled and perceived-to-be disabled employees. Up until recently, people with… Read More

  A few years ago, a plaintiff and his fiancé both worked for the same company. The fiancé filed a sex discrimination claim against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC).   Within a month, the company fired the plaintiff, who subsequently brought a lawsuit against the company, alleging that his termination was in… Read More

  The Metro-North Railroad has a history of safety inadequacies, involving both customers and employees. The company has been commanded, by the U.S. Labor Department, to pay more than $250,000 to an employee who was retaliated against for reporting an injury while on the job. Steven Annucci injured his leg in 2011 and while en-route… Read More

  According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there has been a drastic increase in pregnancy-related discrimination complaints.  This issue has garnered increased attention as the Obama administration intensifies its enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.  In order to combat the discrimination, the EEOC has updated its guidelines to ensure that any kind of harassment or… Read More

  Voluntary gender classification was rejected by a Connecticut police department in the past 18 months.   A controversial lawsuit is ongoing after a Middletown police officer was fired.  According to the city, her termination was mainly due to her refusal to undergo an evaluation to determine whether she was physically fit to return to duty… Read More

  According to a study conducted earlier this year with nearly 700 restaurant workers in 39 states, published by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, 90% of waitresses have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. Women fighting back, however, will help protect future waitresses from the same fate. One such example is a recent… Read More

  Social media is an extremely helpful tool in the hiring process. Facebook and other social media sites can create, or not, a favorable impression. In a 2013 survey, 90% of employers reported examining a job seeker’s social media accounts and nearly 70% said that they rejected a candidate based on their online content.   The… Read More

The American Job Center, an organization that provides various services to assist the unemployed and underemployed people pursue work, is opening a facility in Stamford, CT.  Job seekers can conveniently access education, training, and information services they need all under one roof.  Several workshops will be held there, including interviewing strategies, internet job search, resume… Read More