Home Depot is in hot water due to a recent workplace discrimination suit brought against the company by a former employee who worked as a merchandiser. The home improvement store has been sued for disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and employer retaliation.
Under Federal and California state law, employees are guaranteed the opportunity to be offered reasonable accommodations if they request them as part of a recognized disability or medical condition. So, if you are a California employee and have the ability to work in a given position with a reasonable accommodation, you should be afforded an accommodation by your employer that would allow you to perform your job as long as that accommodation does not unduly harm your employer's business practices.
In many employment situations, California employees are required to spend a lot of time on their feet. Workers such as cashiers, bank tellers, customer service representatives in retail stores, and employees in other workplace situations where workers are primarily required to work while standing up have additional protections under a recent state court decision.
The question of what is a disability, and what can be done to make accommodations for that disability at work, can sometimes be unclear. And nowhere is this more true than in California. California employment law offers a wide range of legal protections for workers who can establish a valid claim for disability discrimination at work. But what constitutes disability discrimination under California law?
Back in October, University of Southern California head football coach, Steve Sarkisian was fired due to an incident where he appeared drunk during a preseason speech. And now, Sarkisian is suing his former employer claiming that USC violated both his contract and California employment law.