Employment Law This Week (Episode 24: Week of April 25, 2016) has released bonus footage of its interview with Matthew A. Goodin, a Senior Attorney at Epstein Becker Green.
As Mr. Goodin discusses, a California appeals court ruled that employers must accommodate workers who are associated with a disabled person. A delivery driver for Dependable Highway Express requested a route that allowed him to administer dialysis for his son at night. After this request was denied, the driver refused his assigned route and was fired. The former employee sued, alleging disability discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). While the trial court ruled in favor of the company, the Second District Court of Appeal reversed the decision. The appeals court stated that, unlike federal law, the California statute requires employers to provide accommodations based on an employee’s relationship with a disabled person.