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Manager's Legal Bulletin

“Do you have any health problems?” That was one question a Con­­nec­­ti­­cut grocery store asked on its job applications. Such questions are disability-related and violate the Americans with Dis­­abilities Act.

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The EEOC sued a Munice, Ind., Dollar General retailer on a dyslexic employee’s behalf and won a $47,500 settlement. The employee had asked for help reading during a mandatory test that followed computer-based training, but his request was denied.

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Take this quiz to see how your hiring skills measure up when it comes to handling pre- and post-interview problems associated with résumés and references.

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If an employee complains that a co-worker’s perfume is aggravating her allergies, you had better act on it or the scent of a lawsuit will soon begin to fill the room.

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A veteran nurse in a Tampa Bay-area hospital had been using a walking cane without incident for about two years when the hospital decided that she could no longer use it because, it said, the cane was unsafe and could be used as a weapon. The EEOC is suing the hospital on the woman’s behalf.

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As the holiday season nears, so begin the inevitable questions from employees regarding holiday pay issues. Misconceptions abound, with employees mistakenly believing they are entitled to much more than they really are.

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If you’re like most hiring managers, a thank-you note from a job candidate is appreciated.

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File this one under “ironic.” Solano County (Calif.) disability services provider Pace Solano agreed to pay $130,000 to a job candidate who disclosed a partial paralysis in her hand during a pre-employment physical exam.

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Tangible signs of a potentially hostile environment may be only the tip of the sexual harassment iceberg. Here are four red-flag areas you should monitor:

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Seems like a reasonable accommodation: An employee with severe knee arthritis wants to use a four-pronged cane to perform her job on the factory floor …

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