ADA claims, settlements numbers up

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013

The Corporate Counsel (3/27, Green, 43K) reports that Patrick Hicks, a partner in the Las Vegas office of Littler Mendelson, says that since “congressional amendments in 2008 made it easier for plaintiffs to make their case” when suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there have been “fewer dismissals and higher settlement numbers.” The number of EEOC charges filed under the ADA went up by over 600 last year and “the EEOC is also recovering more money from employers for ADA charges.” Hicks notes that “one area that can cause problems for employers is employee leave time,” as employers need to consider if they can reasonably accommodate each employee’s need for leave individually.