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High Court Reaffirms Right of Employees to Religious Accommodations

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Can an employee sue for religious discrimination due to an employer’s failure to accommodate religious practices when the need for the accommodation is obvious, but the employee did not explicitly request one? Yes, according to an 8-1 decision yesterday from the Supreme Court.

Back in October, we wrote about a pending Supreme Court case involving a Muslim woman denied employment by Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a religious headscarf. Yesterday, the Court decided the case, holding that employers cannot refuse to hire applicants based on an assumption that they would require an accommodation due to their respective religious practices. The decision should help protect employees from having to choose between their jobs and their religious beliefs. The case is U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [Read more…]

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Telecommuting may be a Reasonable Accommodation for a Disability

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that employees with a disability may, under certain circumstances, be entitled to work from home as a reasonable accommodation under federal disability discrimination law. The case, EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., will likely have a significant impact for a number of Ohio employees who would otherwise struggle balancing the effects of a disability with their job duties. [Read more…]

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Bolek Besser Wins Landmark Cuyahoga County Disability Discrimination Case

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Bolek Besser Glesius has helped win a landmark Cuyahoga County disability discrimination case involving the rights of individuals with mental health conditions under the Fair Housing Act (the “FHA”) and Ohio law. The case appears to be the first in Cuyahoga County, and only the second in Ohio, to hold that emotional assistance animals are a reasonable accommodation under the FHA and Ohio law. [Read more…]

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