Publications

EEOC Issues New Disability Guidance Regarding Cancer

September 12, 2005

The EEOC has, as part of its on-line Question and Answer Series, recently issued guidance regarding whether cancer is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The ADA is a federal law that prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against individuals with actual or perceived disabilities. Most states, including Texas, have an equivalent state law that affords similar protections and remedial relief.

The EEOC’s latest publication explains how the ADA applies to job applicants and employees who have, or have had, cancer and includes the following topics:

  • When cancer constitutes a disability under the ADA
  • When employers may make cancer-related inquiries
  • What medical information/documentation employees must provide to support an accommodation request
  • What types of reasonable accommodations employers should offer
  • What information employers may share with coworkers
  • How employers can ensure they do not discriminate against cancer victims

For more detailed information regarding this subject, please see Questions and Answers About Cancer in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/cancer.cfm.

Firm Highlights

Experience

Fifth Circuit Decision Secured In Civil Rights Case

Dallas partner John Ross, obtained a favorable decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of his clients, El Paso Hospital District and two of its nurses, on civil rights, constitutional, and...

Publication

The Trifecta: ADA, FMLA, and Workers Compensation

A look into ADA, FMLA, and Workers Compensation from both the HR and Risk Management side. How do they work together? Listen as Kevin and Senior Risk Manager of Patterson Companies, Maggie Hobbs discuss...

Event

ABCs of Employment

Publication

Is Sexual Orientation Discrimination Unlawful? Supreme Court to Decide!

Listen to HR attorneys Kevin Mosher and Stephanie Rojo discuss sexual orientation discrimination and transgender discrimination issues and the exciting cases before the Supreme Court.  Will SCOTUS find that federal law protects employees and...

Publication

Flextime in the Workplace

Is flextime right for your office? How do you keep confidential information confidential when employees are working off site? Listen as Kevin Mosher talks to Bill Kelly, HR Director of Vinco, Inc., about piloting...

Publication

Interviewing Tips and Tricks

Publication

Paid Sick and Safe Leave

When you think of Texas do you think of mandatory paid time off laws? How would Paid Sick and Safe Leave affect your HR policies? Join Kevin and Erin McNamara as they discuss this...

Publication

ADA Accommodations that Come with Fur and a Tail

Boa constrictors in the workplace?  Do we have to accommodate all employee pets?  Join HR attorneys Kevin Mosher and Laura Alaniz for a fun and informative discussion on pets in the workplace.