Civil Rights

This is FindLaw's collection of Civil Rights articles, part of the Litigation and Disputes section of the Corporate Counsel Center. A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly, the right to vote, freedom from involuntary servitude, and the right to equality in public places. Corporations have been gaining more civil rights in the courts throughout the years. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Civil Rights Articles
    • Light Duty Jobs and the ADA

      Employers should seriously consider the ADA implications of light duty jobs before creating (or continuing) such jobs on a regular basis. The ADA requires employers to "accommodate" disabled employees, under some circumstances, by placing them in ...

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    • EEOC Issues Guidelines on Reasonable Accomodation

      EEOC issues guidance on reasonable accommodationThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued detailed policy guidance on employers' obligation to provide reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ...

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    • EEOC Issues Regulations on Releases/Waivers of Age Discrimination Claims

      On June 5, 1998, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued regulations that provide guidance on the requirements of the Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act of 1990 ("OWBPA"). The OWBPA established mandatory minimum standards ...

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    • Discrimination by Supervisors: Is It Actionable?

      Employers often need to make difficult business and personnel decisions in running their businesses. Accordingly, personnel managers are hired, human resources departments are created and administrators are assigned various tasks pertaining to ...

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    • Lifting Restrictions Under ADA: Good News For Employers

      One of the most difficult dilemmas for employers is how to treat an employee who is returning to work with a lifting restriction. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) describes a disability as "A a physical or mental impairment that ...

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    • Is Job-Related Stress Covered by the ADA?

      The workplace provides a fertile source for complaints regarding stress. A growing number of employees are claiming that the workplace imposes so much stress that they should be considered "disabled" and provided with reasonable accommodation within ...

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    • Facts Are Not What Wins Cases, Perceptions Do

      YOU CAN VIEW SOME FACTS BEFORE THEY ARE CREATED Significant Evidentiary Issues Which Are Key To Our SuccessConclusion Last month the Labor Letter reported on a decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which held that a plaintiff cannot "pick ...

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    • Illinois Passes New Equal Pay Act and Expands Statutory Coverage

      On May 11, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the Equal Pay Act of 2003. The Illinois Act mirrors the federal Equal Pay Act in that it prohibits employers from paying an employee of one sex less than an employee of the opposite sex for ...

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    • Industry Proposal for Video Rating

      In the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress provided the broadcast industry a one-year window of opportunity to develop a voluntary rating system for video programs. The industry responded by preparing a joint proposal, which was backed by the ...

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    • Disability Discrimination Laws Will Soon Apply to Small Employers

      Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in effect for employers with 25 or more employees since July 26, 1992, smaller employers will soon be covered. The ADA contains a two-tiered effective date designed to allow smaller ...

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