Having trouble persuading managers and supervisors to report ADA accommodations requests? Tell them they may be held personally liable for disability discrimination under Ohio state law, a much harsher fate than they would meet under the federal ADA.
Recent case: Cathy Cottrill-Craig is a nurse who has osteoarthritis. She claims she told supervisors she needed a transfer to a job that kept her off concrete floors. She said her employer failed to accommodate her—and sued the employer and her supervisors under Ohio’s disability discrimination law.
The court let her suit go forward, noting that—unlike the ADA—Ohio’s disability discrimination laws include supervisors and managers among those who can be sued directly for denying disabled employees their rights. (Cottrill-Craig v. Ross County Health District, No. 2:07-CV-445, SD OH, 2008)
- Do your best to promote workplace civility, but don't sweat faux pas that weren't meant to offend
- When you need to trim workforce, focus RIF criteria on measurable factors
- Smoke out users who try to beat your drug tests
- Union contract can keep you out of federal court
- Tell supervisors: No stereotyping based on national origin