Category Archives: Disability Discrimination

NJ Employee allege Retaliation for Whistleblowing

City Worker fights for Fair Wages New Jersey – A male employee, Patrick “PJ” Leonard, working for the city of Bayonne, NJ has filed a lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court against the city alleging that he experienced workplace retaliation as a result of whistleblowing. Whistleblowing occurs when an employee offers information regarding workplace misconduct… Read more »

New York City Makes Caregivers a Protected Class

On January 5, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. A “caregiver” is defined as “a person who provides direct and ongoing care for a minor child or care recipient.” A “care recipient” is a person… Read more »

CANCER DISCRIMINATION IS A FORM OF UNLAWFUL DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

A woman who worked at a Long Island neurological surgery center has filed a lawsuit against her former employer for harassing and firing her after she revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer. According to the lawsuit, the woman told the head doctor of the surgery center about the diagnosis, and asked him to keep… Read more »

IS IT UNLAWFUL FOR AN EMPLOYER TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE FOR A “PERCEIVED DISABILITY”

Most people are aware that disability discrimination is prohibited by City, State, and Federal laws. What most people are unaware of is that employees are also protected against discrimination based on perceived disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against applicants and employees because of a… Read more »

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SETTLES BREAST CANCER DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION SUIT FOR $300,000

Recently, a children’s hospital in California settled a disability discrimination lawsuit with a former employee who was fired because she needed extra time to receive treatment for breast cancer. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which filed the lawsuit, the hospital fired the employee because she needed to take a medical leave that… Read more »