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Once during mediation, a federal judge asked me if I knew which type of discrimination jurors hated the most? I thought maybe age discrimination or retaliation, which jurors could either relate to personally or through a spouse or parent.

“No,” said the federal judge. “The answer is discrimination against veterans.” Continue reading

Last week, I read the news that Sha’Carri Richardson, one of the favorites to win Olympic gold for the United States in the women’s 100-meter dash, was suspended for a month for testing positive for marijuana. As a management-side employment lawyer, I’ll admit that my initial reaction was that she broke the rules and deserved the discipline associated with the infraction.

Then, I thought to myself, that is a really dumb rule. Continue reading


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I really wanted to use the Spiderman meme here. But to avoid any potential copyright issues, please accept this cheaply executed facsimile — not in counterparts — instead. And here is some music to hammer the point home. Continue reading


In anticipation of the triumphant return of The Employer Handbook Zoom Officer Hour on Friday, June 25 at Noon Eastern, when we’ll focus on answering all of your COVID-19 return to work questions, it struck me that one of the big issues is COVID-19 itself. Specifically, is COVID-19 a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and register here for this free event. And below, I’ll provide a sneak preview of how one court resolved whether COVID-19 is an ADA disability.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental impairments of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. Technically, both courts and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission consider reassignment to a vacant position to be a reasonable accommodation.

But, here’s the thing. Continue reading

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