ADA in the News November 19, 2021

ADA in the News

EEOC Updates Covid-19 Technical Assistance to Cover Retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 technical assistance today to include more information about employer retaliation in pandemic-related employment situations.

The updates explain and clarify the rights of employees and job applicants who believe they suffered retaliation for protected activities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, or other employment discrimination laws. The technical assistance explains how these rights are balanced against employers’ needs to enforce COVID-19 health and safety protocols.


U.S. Attorney’s Office Settles ADA Service Animal Dispute with Cedar Rapids Convenience Store

Midwest Petroleum & Convenience, Inc. (Midwest Petroleum), doing business as 7Star Liquor and Tobacco Outlet, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, convenience store, has agreed to settle a dispute under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding an allegation that it refused service to an individual with disabilities because of her service animal.

As part of its investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office determined that, on December 26, 2020, the complainant entered 7Star Liquor and Tobacco Outlet with her service dog. A Midwest Petroleum employee told the complainant that dogs were not allowed within the store. Even after the complainant informed the employee that the animal was a service animal, the complainant was forced to leave.


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