Shegerian & Associates Founder Cites Dillard’s Case as a Classic Example of Illegal Disability Discrimination

  Shegerian & Associates Founder Cites Dillard’s Case as a Classic Example of
  Illegal Disability Discrimination

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- January 8, 2013

Carney R. Shegerian, founder of Shegerian & Associates, a Santa Monica-based
law firm specializing in employee rights, has issued a cautionary statement
aimed at all US employees and employers in light of the current news coverage
surrounding Dillard's Inc., a national retail chain, being ordered to pay $2
million and commit to extensive, company-wide injunctive relief to settle a
class action disability discrimination lawsuit.

It was announced recently that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) found Dillard's employee sick leave policies to be in
violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dillard’s longstanding
national policy requires all employees to disclose personal and confidential
medical information in order to be approved for sick leave. The settlement
also resolves claims that Dillard's terminated a class of employees nationwide
for taking sick leave beyond the maximum amount of time allowed.

“Employee discrimination comes in many forms,” warned Shegerian, “and the
victims of this discrimination often are unaware that the abuse they are
suffering is illegal – or in some cases, they are aware, but are afraid to
speak up for fear of losing their jobs. Any discrimination of a person in his
or her place of work due to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or
disability is illegal. We applaud the EEOC for taking action on behalf of
these employees and hope this sends a message nationwide to employers of all
sizes. You can run your business how you like – as long as you don’t break the
law! And it is against the law to discriminate against employees for any
reason.”

The EEOC originally filed its lawsuit in 2008 in the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of California on behalf of Corina Scott, a former
cosmetics counter employee at a Dillard's store in El Centro, California, and
others who were required to disclose the exact nature of their medical
conditions to be approved for sick leave since 2005. While the class members
had verifications from doctors to assure Dillard's that the absences were due
to medical reasons, many did not feel comfortable disclosing the specifics of
their conditions to the company. According to the EEOC, Scott - who was absent
from work for a mere four days - and others were then fired in retaliation for
their refusal to provide details of their medical conditions, despite the fact
that many of their own doctors advised them not to disclose specific medical
information in accordance with the law.

An experienced trial attorney, Shegerian has tried many jury trials to verdict
in both state and federal court, representing individuals that have suffered
financial or emotional losses and have been wronged by employers, including
major corporations. Shegerian has built a remarkable career on helping those
who have been wronged in the workplace. He remains undefeated in federal jury
trials and has won over 60 jury trials, including 23 seven figure verdicts
representing employees.

Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in
protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers.
Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled
success record as litigators (Carney Shegerian himself has won over 60 jury
trials in his career, including 23 seven figure verdicts, and he remains
undefeated in federal jury trials), Shegerian & Associates is passionately
dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information, visit
www.ShegerianLaw.com.

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