EEOC Warns that Requiring a High School Diploma May Violate the ADA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated that an employer’s requirement that job applicants hold a high-school diploma may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC made the statement in an informal discussion letter posted on the EEOC website last month. The EEOC said that the diploma requirement must be “job related for the position in question and consistent


Wisconsin Improves Civil Justice, Enacts Tort Reforms

Esther McDonald

Wisconsin businesses won a victory last week when Governor Scott Walker signed legislation limiting liability claims and excessive awards in civil litigation. The measure earlier passed the state legislature along party lines. The new law includes several key reforms. First, the law imposes statutory caps on punitive damages and, in limited cases, non-economic damages. The law limits punitive damages to

Treasury Department Reportedly Considering Tax Break for Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Esther McDonald

The U.S. Department of Treasury may issue an order giving plaintiffs’ lawyers a substantial tax break allowing them to deduct costs upfront in contingency fee lawsuits.  These costs are typically fronted as a loan to the client; the client promises to repay the loan, sometimes with interest, at the end of the litigation.  Under this arrangement, the cost is a loan

DOJ Issues Final ADA Regulations for Public Accommodation and Initiates Rulemaking for Public Accommodation Websites and Equipment

Esther McDonald

In conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Justice unveiled several important regulatory actions this week that will impact all businesses that open their doors to the public, including places of retailers and restaurants. Persons who are involved in the design and construction of public accommodations facilities, as well as owners