Regis Corporation, dba SmartStyle, has agreed to pay $60,000 in damages and back pay to a former employee to settle a lawsuit that was brought by the EEOC in the Western District of Texas. Regis’ employee worked as a hair stylist. Due to her claustrophobia, she could not work at a salon station if it was in a confined space located between others. The EEOC claimed in the lawsuit that Regis violated the ADA when it refused to accommodate the stylist’s claustrophobia and then fired her.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a former hairdresser was entitled to have a jury decide whether an Illinois nursing home failed to offer her a reasonable accommodation when she was unable to push wheelchair-bound patients between their rooms and the salon
In order to manage and control rapidly rising healthcare costs, many employers have implemented wellness programs in order to educate employees and encourage greater health awareness. A common feature to most wellness programs includes an annual health risk assessment. Oftentimes, employees are incentivized to complete the assessment either through reduced premium costs or gift cards….