Safety and OSHA News

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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Company to pay $30K to settle suit involving inability to provide urine sample

A trucking company has agreed to pay $30,000 following its withdrawal of a conditional job offer. The applicant wasn’t able to provide a urine sample for a drug test due to a medical condition.  [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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Worker with no vision in one eye wins discrimination lawsuit: $245K payout

Saying that he posed a “direct threat” based on safety, a company withdrew a job offer to an oil rig worker because he didn’t have vision in one eye. Now a court has ruled in favor of the worker.  [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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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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Does safety training for these custodians need to be in Spanish?

A group of Hispanic custodians in Colorado are claiming they are victims of discrimination because their employer isn’t providing various workplace documents — including those involving safety training — in Spanish. [Read more…]

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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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Applicant is in drug treatment, on methadone: Do you have to hire him?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) appears to be sending a message to employers: You can’t automatically refuse to hire applicants who test positive for methadone, a medication prescribed in drug treatment programs for recovering opiate addicts. [Read more…]

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