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Seventh Circuit Weighs In On Obesity Disability Debate

In general, federal appellate courts addressing obesity claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have held that absent an underlying physiological disorder, obesity is not a disability. However, EEOC guidance suggests, and some lower courts have concluded, that morbid obesity alone is an impairment under the ADA. In a recent case, Richardson v. Chicago […]

State Of Maryland Cannot Be Sued In Federal Court For State Law Discrimination Claims

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Maryland’s employment discrimination statute (FEPA), Md. Code Ann., St. Gov’t § 20-601 et seq., does not waive the State’s immunity to be sued in federal court under that law for alleged employment discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation.  In Pense v. Maryland Dept’ of Public Safety and Correctional Services, […]

Supreme Court Holds That Title VII’s Charge-Filing Requirement Is Not Jurisdictional

The Supreme Court held today in a unanimous opinion that the charge-filing requirement in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is not jurisdictional.  Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis, No. 18-525 (June 3, 2019). Title VII prohibits employment dis­crimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, as well […]

Virginia Court Enforces Narrowly Drawn Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants  in employment agreements are often hotly contested, and can be difficult for employers to enforce. The Circuit Court of Fairfax County recently addressed the complexities of these agreements in ruling that a non-solicitation and non–disclosure agreement was enforceable, while a non-competition provision was not. Omnisec International Investigations, Inc., et. al. v. Slavica Stone, […]

Follow The Company Rule To Request FMLA. No, The Other One.

Another “head-shaker” case from FMLA land. Section 825.303(a) of the DOL’s regulations on requesting FMLA leave provides that when an unforeseen need for FMLA leave arises, “an employee must provide notice to the employer as soon as practicable . . . within the time prescribed by the employer’s usual and customary notice requirements applicable to […]

U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Joins Other Circuits Rejecting Vague Explanations From Employers

In Figueroa v. Pompeo, No. 18-5064 (D.C. Cir. 5/10/2019), the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that an employer cannot meet its burden to articulate a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for its action with vague assertions about the reasons for an adverse employment action. Richard Figueroa was employed by the U.S. […]