John Schultz, The Quad City Times/Associated Press
By Ryan J. Foley
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa jury on Wednesday awarded a total of $240 million to 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers for what government lawyers described as years of around-the-clock abuse and discrimination by the Texas... Read More »
When Elyn Saks (pictured above) was diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago, she was told not to expect to ever have a career, or much of a life. But the University of South Carolina law professor went on to win a 2009 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" and study other high-functioning, high-achieving... Read More »
Former Marine Jonathan Brown was discharged from the military about two years ago after injuries to his eyes left him unable to serve. And it's that disability, Brown is claiming in a recently filed lawsuit, that prompted his employer to fire him from the gym that he was managing last summer.
Brown had been... Read More »
The poor economy brought Ford's Real Hamburgers to the brink. But the owners of the Sacramento, Calif., burger stand say they finally had to close when they became the target of a disability rights crusader. Without the cash on hand to make its bathroom handicapped-accessible, Ford's says that after more than... Read More »
Connie Robinson has beaten breast cancer but these days feels like a loser because taking time off from work to treat the disease led to her being fired -- twice.
Robinson first learned that she had breast cancer in October 2009, when she was working for an undisclosed Richmond, Va.-area organization as an... Read More »
Jennifer Zeigler had been working as a Georgia middle school teacher for 25 years when she lost her job after driving drunk to school one day. Now Zeigler has filed a federal complaint against the school district that fired her, reports The Daily Citizen of Dalton, Ga., claiming sex and disability... Read More »
As a driver for UPS, Peggy Young sometimes had to lift up to 70 pounds on the job. When she got pregnant, her doctor said that probably wasn't a good idea and Young should stick to packages 20 pounds or less. Even though UPS routinely assigns "light duty" to injured or disabled employees, it put Young on unpaid... Read More »
Eli Pierre has over a decade of experience in the food industry, and a rave recommendation from his last employer. So he was surprised when his interviewer for a position at a California Starbucks told him he'd be unable to work there. Now he's suing for disability discrimination.
The 25-year-old was born... Read More »
Kyle Dowie worked at the Hy-Vee supermarket in Urbandale, Iowa, for 25 years. His job was menial; he handled the cans and bottles brought in for recycling credits. But as a 43-year-old man with a mental disability, Dowie was happy, until he was fired last November for trying to cash in 20 cents of credits that... Read More »
Around 3.3 million Americans are allergic to nuts. As a country, we have become more aware of this condition over the last decade, with some schools declaring themselves peanut-free zones. But according to a new lawsuit, many remain insensitive to people with peanut allergies, and are even outright hostile. Read More »
A janitor with epilepsy is suing his former employer in Mississippi for violating federal law after he was fired for having an epileptic seizure while working, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week in federal court.
Michael A. Hernandez was working for Harrison County as a floor technician in July... Read More »
Despite the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act more than two decades ago, many disabled workers have found it difficult to get their employers to agree to and pay for changes that would help them be more productive.
That's because, historically, the definition of what it means to be... Read More »