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Service & Support Animals at Work: Know Your Rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit employers from discriminating based on disability. Employers must engage in an interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations that allow a disabled employee to work successfully. Often, an employee will want to bring a service...

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Working with Multiple Sclerosis: Your Right to Accommodations

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease. People who live with MS often experience patterns of exacerbation and remission. When symptoms are in remission, people with MS may be able to work with minimal accommodations. But when symptoms are exacerbated, these employees may require significant accommodations. Unfortunately, employees in...

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Is Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Illegal?

What is workers’ compensation? Workers’ compensation is payment to compensate an employee if the employee suffers an injury or ailment resulting from their work. It may include money for wage replacement, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other benefits. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance. An employer pays a premium...

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Are Mental Health Disorders Disabilities? A Q&A

One in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year. 5.2% of adults report having “serious” mental illness that “substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities.” This means that 50+ million people per year report experiencing mental illness. Since mental health issues...

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Working with Postpartum Depression: Know Your Rights

Postpartum and peripartum depression (referred to as PPD) are the most common mental health disorders experienced after childbirth. New mothers deal with hormonal changes; chronic exhaustion; changes to relationships, routines, and priorities; and the stress of returning to a workforce that can seem hostile to working moms. This situation...

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Is Weight Discrimination Legal?

Many people are familiar with laws that prohibit workplace discrimination based on race, gender, and age. But few are familiar with laws that prohibit sizeism. This is probably because only one state, Michigan, lists size as a protected class. A few other jurisdictions prohibit discrimination based on “appearance,” which encompasses...

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Working After a Cancer Diagnosis: Know Your Rights

Being diagnosed with cancer is an incredibly stressful and sensitive life event. It can be hard to continue functioning optimally in your day-to-day life, both because of your medical condition, the stress it causes, and the challenges of treatment. While medical-related questions may be foremost in your mind, you...

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What Happens When You Run Out of FMLA Leave?

Employees often want to know what happens at the end of their FMLA leave if they are not ready to return to work. The answer depends on the reason for leave: if you are on leave for your own serious medical condition, your employer usually has a duty to...

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Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccination?

Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccination? Whether employers can require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination is governed by state and federal laws protecting disabled employees. In California, employers can generally require employees to receive an FDA-approved vaccination in order to return to the workplace. California’s Department of Fair Employment...

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Can I Be Fired Because of a Medical Condition?

Your employer generally cannot fire you because of a medical condition. If you have a medical condition, illness, or disability that prevents you from working on a temporary basis, all employers with more than five employees are required to try to accommodate you. In certain circumstances, the law also protects you if certain family members are...