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Telebriefs®: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sues Stanley Black & Decker for Disability Discrimination

On August 17, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a press release addressing its recently filed lawsuit against Stanley Black & Decker. In its suit, the EEOC alleges that the tool manufacturer illegally fired an employee with cancer who needed leave for necessary medical treatment. The press release further stated that the company did not follow its progressive discipline policy and fired the employee instead of giving her a final written warning as set forth in its published attendance policy. The lawsuit alleged that the company’s termination violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because the company did not provide reasonable accommodation for the employee and did not have an interactive dialogue about the needed accommodations. To learn more about the EEOC’s lawsuit against Stanley Black & Decker, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: The EEOC is also suing Protocol Communications, Inc. for refusing to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee who was in the training phase of her employment. Also, the Department of Labor Licensing & Regulation provides helpful advice on the Maryland Safe & Sick Law. Lastly, the issue of overnight travel in connection with the FLSA is discussed.

Questions about reasonable accommodations or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?

Contact Howard Kurman at or 410-209-6417.


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Howard Kurman | 410-209-6417

Howard K. Kurman is an 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. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.