Legal Blog

Telebriefs®: HIV Accommodations at Work

hivRecently, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two documents addressing workplace rights for individuals infected with HIV under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The documents, entitled “Living with HIV Infection: Your Legal Rights in the Workplace Under the ADA” and “Helping Patients with HIV Infection Who Need Accommodations at Work”, discuss the right to be free from employment discrimination and harassment, and the right to reasonable accommodation in the workplace.  The EEOC has released these documents in an effort to decrease the stigma related to the virus.  During the fiscal year 2014 alone, the EEOC received almost 200 charges of discrimination based on HIV status obtaining over $825,000 for job applicants and employees with HIV who were unlawfully denied employment and reasonable accommodations. To learn more about what these two documents entail, listen to the Dec 9th Telebrief, or to listen to past telebrief segments, please click here. Also in this Telebrief:  Steve Sarkisian, the former football coach of the University of Southern California, and his lawsuit against the university for allegedly not accommodating him in regard to his battle with alcoholism.  


Geared to executives with employee relations responsibilities (HR directors, supervisors, managers, business owners), Labor and Employment Telebriefs® are information-packed 30 minute briefings via the telephone. Telebriefs® provide information and insights to help executives stay current with latest workplace law developments and in front of trends so as to enable proactive policy making and management . On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 9 – 9:30 am ET, join Offit Kurman Labor & Employment Chair Howard Kurman, as he discusses developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. The focus is squarely on the practical. Why is this event significant for employers? What are the lessons to be learned or actions taken? These twice-monthly teleconferences are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest Labor and Employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company.  Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call! If you have any questions regarding  labor and employment issues please contact Howard Kurman: | 410.209.6417


Howard Kurman website Howard K. Kurman is a Labor & Employment attorney.  Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace.

You can also connect with Offit Kurman via FacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube, and LinkedIn.