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If you’ve been to one of my live Americans with Disability Act HR presentations, you’ve heard talk about a deaf lifeguard.

(If you haven’t and want a copy of my presentation, well, all you have to do is ask.)

In Keith v. County of Oakland, a deaf individual applied for a lifeguard position at Oakland County’s wave pool, only to be turned away.  Allegedly, Oakland County stereotyped Mr. Keith and failed to adequately engage in an interactive process to determine whether, notwithstanding his inability to hear, Mr. Keith could perform the essential functions of the job with or without an accommodation. Continue reading


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If you’re a federal contractor, have you picked up your jaw since yesterday’s post?

I’ll admit it. I was also surprised that a federal court would conclude that a Connecticut federal contractor could not fire an employee for using medical marijuana. What, with that Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and all.

Fortunately, as I noted yesterday, your mileage could vary outside of CT. And, I suspect that the employer may appeal the decision to the Second Circuit.

In the meantime, let’s laugh out loud, shall we? Continue reading


Here’s a pro tip for you:

The next time you land an awesome internship, avoid exchanging tweets similar to the redacted ones in the screenshot up there. Especially with someone who is on the council that oversees the company with which you just received the internship. This pro tip applies even if you don’t know that the person is on the council when you tweet. It’s a bad look and doesn’t bode well for your long-term internship prospects. Continue reading

“Doing What’s Right – Not Just What’s Legal”