EEOC Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Over “100% Return to Work” Leave Policy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently filed a lawsuit against American Airlines and Envoy Air, its largest regional affiliate, alleging that the airlines had engaged in discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities...

Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Sexual Stereotyping Can Provide Evidence Supporting a Claim of Sex Discrimination

On October 24, 2017, the Missouri Court of Appeals (Western District) issued an opinion holding that sexual stereotyping can support an inference that discrimination on the basis of gender occurred in the workplace.  While the...

DOJ NO LONGER CONSIDERS GENDER IDENTITY A PROTECTED CLASS UNDER TITLE VII

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to Department of Justice personnel on October 4, 2017 in which he effectively upended the Department’s treatment of employment discrimination based on gender identity. As discussed in Session’s...

7th Circuit Rejects The EEOC’s Current Position Regarding Long-Term Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., Case No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. 2017), Plaintiff Raymond Severson took a 12-week leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) due to serious back pain.  On the last day...