Safety and OSHA News

Disability accommodation: Did company do enough to find special steel-toe boots?

A job requires steel-toe boots for safety. An injured worker can’t wear traditional steel-toe boots. What is a company supposed to do?  [Read more…]

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Injured worker fired for not being able to do his job: Is that disability discrimination?

A jury ruled a company discriminated against an employee when it fired him for not being able to do his job after a workplace injury. Did an appeals court uphold the jury verdict?  [Read more…]

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EEOC says employer didn’t provide accommodation in fragrance/asthma case

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina employer for failing to provide an accommodation to an employee whose respiratory conditions were aggravated by fragrances in the workplace.  [Read more…]

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No individual employee safety assessments: $1.5M settlement

Georgia Power Co. will pay $1,586,500 to 24 people to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by a federal agency. The company had fired or refused to hire people for safety reasons based on their disabilities.  [Read more…]

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Company didn’t hire man who suffered seizures for safety reasons: $112K settlement

Amtrak will have to pay a former job applicant $112,000 and make other changes as part of a settlement reached with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  [Read more…]

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Company sued for testing applicants for carpal tunnel syndrome

Can companies make hiring decisions based on whether someone is more likely to be injured on the job? That’s the question in a lawsuit against a manufacturing company.  [Read more…]

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Truck driver fired for alcoholism diagnosis: Was termination against law?

Federal rules say a current diagnosis of alcoholism prohibits an employee from driving commercial trucks. So why was this company hauled into court when it fired an employee who could no longer drive under this rule?  [Read more…]

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Do offers of light duty have to be the same for pregnant and injured workers?

Action recently taken by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) changes when companies have to extend light duty work to pregnant workers. An important consideration: whether light duty is extended to injured workers.  [Read more…]

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Employee suffered seizures at work: Safety vs. disability discrimination

When a case involving an employee’s seizures at work went to a federal appeals court, the employer said it was ensuring safety while the worker said it was a case of disability discrimination.

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Company tested all workers for legal drugs: $750K settlement

With all the reports about increasing use of painkillers, such as opioids, it’s no wonder some companies are testing employees for the legal substances for safety reasons. But, as this case shows, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that. [Read more…]

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