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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ADA/FEHA Litigation*. *…but were afraid to ask… Steve Morris Office of the County Counsel [email protected] (213) 974-1957. Steve Morris. An ADA Primer.

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Everything you always wanted to know about ada feha litigation

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ADA/FEHA Litigation*

*…but were afraid to ask…

Steve Morris

Office of the County Counsel

[email protected]

(213) 974-1957


Steve morris

Steve Morris


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

An ADA Primer


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s, Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), employers must engage in a promptinteractiveprocess to explore reasonable accommodation of a knowndisability.


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • This is an express requirement under FEHA.


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Failure to show prompt interactive process is the most common violation, and is easily ascertainable by investigating enforcement agencies (EEOC for ADA; DFEH for FEHA).


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Disability may be known through an employee request, inquiry, or otherwise available information.


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Interactive process must be a continuing process. Employer must continue to consider requests or information submitted by employee.

  • Interactive Process is a Conversation between Employer and Employee: it must be flexible, timely, and in good faith.


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Employer must consider all information provided but does not have to offer the exact accommodation requested so long as some reasonable accommodation is offered.


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Return of industrially injured employee with permanentworkrestrictions is tantamount to a request for reasonable accommodation and musttrigger a promptinteractiveprocess unless the work restrictions can be immediately accommodated.


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • If an employee can no longer perform the essential functions of his/her former position, departments have an obligation in the interactive process to consider transferring an employee to an alternative assignment or vacant position.

  • See: Civil Service Rule 9.08.

  • For transfer, employee must meet minimum qualifications for new position; need not be the “most qualified.”


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • A disabled employee who can no longer perform his or her old job may be returned to work in a temporary assignment while the interactive process is proceeding.

  • Assignment should clearly be designated as temporary.

  • Temporary assignment avoids hardship to employee and allows time for orderly interactive process.


5 questions

5 Questions

  • Can the County win a jury trial?

  • Why are there so many ADA lawsuits?

  • Why is ADA litigation so expensive?

  • What’s new in ADA litigation?

  • How can you manage County workforce?


1 can the county win a jury trial

#1Can the County win a jury trial?


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Jurors tend to be employees, not employers

  • Popular culture

  • Negative images

  • Employment law is complex

  • Things juries hate


2 why are there so many ada lawsuits

#2Why are there so many ADA lawsuits?


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • County is a big target with deep pockets

  • Huge growth in ADA/FEHA cases: the word is out!

  • Lawsuits for Harassment

  • Fact intensive cases go to Jury

  • Attorney’s Fees


3 why is ada feha litigation so expensive

#3Why is ADA/FEHA litigation so expensive?


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • ADA/FEHA cases are fact intensive

  • Employment history

  • Cases are document driven

  • Law is evolving (Retaliation . . . )

  • Attorney’s Fees


4 what s new in ada litigation

#4What’s New in ADA Litigation?


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • E-discovery

  • The Perils of E-mail


5 how can you manage county workforce

#5How can you manage County workforce?


Everything you always wanted to know about ada

  • Document the Interactive Process

  • Keep Them on the Job

  • Tell a Story

  • Be Prompt

  • Be Nice

  • Be Consistent

  • Look for Early Resolution


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