“Walking” in the Rain

                                                                        Now that I’m retired, there are so many things I want to do. Among them is learning how to draw. I am fascinated by the ability to create portraits, landscapes, bowls of fruit and so much more from a humble charcoal pencil, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that. I therefore signed up for a drawing class, put … Continue reading “Walking” in the Rain

What is ADAAG and Who the Heck is “Gina?”

You have a bulging disc, but your employer still wants you to lift that 50-pound bag of birdseed. Under the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA), can she do that?  While the question may seem pretty straightforward, it isn’t. Whomever you ask (if they know their stuff) is likely to bombard you with strange phrases like “essential functions,” “undue hardship” and “reasonable accommodation.”  And those are just the words. You may also get a strange smattering … Continue reading What is ADAAG and Who the Heck is “Gina?”

Question from Reader:

  Can my employer fire me because of my MS?   Good afternoon! You asked whether your employer can terminate you because you have MS. The short answer is no, of course he can’t – but proving it can be very difficult. Most employers will not go up and tell you they’re firing you because of your MS. The conversation is usually more along the … Continue reading Question from Reader:

Getting Real about Disability Laws # 3: Can an Employer Terminate a Drug Addict?

As explained previously, these “getting real” posts are attempts to shed daylight on some of the wildly mistaken beliefs about disability laws. In today’s piece, I’ll talk about the myths and realities of  illegal drugs at work. MYTH Even if an employer has a policy prohibiting the use of drugs in the workplace, that employer cannot terminate an employee if he claims that he is … Continue reading Getting Real about Disability Laws # 3: Can an Employer Terminate a Drug Addict?

Getting real about disability laws, Part 2: Can an employer ever fire an employee with a disability?

  We’re all on information overload these days. So much seems to be coming at us from all sides. Worse yet, it’s very hard to tell if the information we’re absorbing is accurate. And it can be even worse if you have a disability, because you’re more likely to be isolated and not as able to access the people or documents that can help you … Continue reading Getting real about disability laws, Part 2: Can an employer ever fire an employee with a disability?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Well, nothing – unless you happen to be an individual with mobility and/or balance problems. Then, this scene could quickly turn into a nightmare. More realistically, we probably just wouldn’t go to whatever this game is. Then we would lose the opportunity to have a pleasant evening, contribute to the economy and be more integrated into mainstream society. This and thousands of similar scenes are … Continue reading What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Walmart Gains some Unwanted Publicity in Disability Discrimination Claim

Nancy Stack worked for a Walmart store in Illinois. She was also a cancer survivor and had some residual physical limitations. Cancer unquestionably meets the definition of “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA also requires that upon request, an employer “accommodate” an employee’s disability, as long as such accommodation does not create an “undue hardship.” Accordingly, Ms. Stack asked Walmart to … Continue reading Walmart Gains some Unwanted Publicity in Disability Discrimination Claim