EEOC Files 15 New Discrimination Lawsuits

In the last 10 days of August, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed 15 discrimination lawsuits targeting major companies including Ford Motor Co., Kohl's Department Stores, air transporter SITA Information Networking Computing USA, Inc., as well as the government of American Samoa, largely addressing disability discrimination. The agency recently finished regulations enforcing 2008 amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) that broadened the definition of who is considered disabled. The amendments overturned several Supreme Court decisions that Congress believed interpreted the definition of 'disability' too narrowly, denying protection for people with impairments like cancer, diabetes or epilepsy. The Ford suit alleges the company refused work accommodations for an employee with irritable bowel syndrome and Kohl's allegedly denied a regular work schedule request from a diabetic employee.
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