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Carlson Presents at ICLE ADA Accommodation Workshop

[caption id="attachment_1092" align="alignleft" width="300"]Pitt -- K. Carlson & Co-Presenters at ADA Seminar Kevin Carlson (2nd from Left) Presents at ICLE ADA Seminar[/caption] Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers partner Kevin Carlson was co-presenter at a recent ADA Accommodation Seminar sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. The seminar offered a “360-degree” view of several ADA accommodation scenarios, presented from the perspectives of the plaintiff’s attorney, management counsel, a human resources professional and an EEOC investigator. Joining Carlson as presenters were Jennifer Sabourin of Miller Canfield, Debbie Moffat of MotorCity Casino Hotel and Travis Nicholson from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The seminar was attended by 85 attorneys and other professionals. The session provided a case study approach covering some of the most critical ADA workplace developments, including significant court cases, latest EEOC policies, final regulations on ADA Amendments Act and EEOC enforcement guidance on the ADA and Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Looking Back: 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act “The strong interest in the interpretation of the ADA and its workplace application is a good indicator of just how effective and successful the ADA has become since it became law almost 25 years ago,” said Carlson. “Recent amendments to the Act have improved the law’s coverage and restored key parts of the ADA to fulfill their original purpose.” Carlson says that the major concerns of ADA detractors have never materialized. “Compliance isn’t expensive, lawsuits have not flooded the courts and the law is rarely misused in the workplace context,” Carlson said. According to Carlson, the ADA is a milestone piece of legislation that has had a positive and very personal impact on millions of people. “Where it has been properly enforced, it’s enabled many workers to not only keep their jobs, but to advance in their companies and have long careers,” he said. The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed almost unanimously by both the U.S. House and Senate in July 1990 and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. It provides civil rights protections to individuals with disability and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Title I of the ADA requires employers to provide qualified workers with reasonable accommodations that allow them to perform their jobs.

Pitt Takes on Whistleblower Case for Judicial Watchdog

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McGehee and MCHR Prepare for Freedom Tour

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WSU Professor Awarded $300K in Age Discrimination Case

[caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz[/caption] Wayne State University is appealing a jury verdict received by veterinary professor Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz in an age discrimination action handled by firm...