Second Circuit: ADA Protects Against a Hostile Work Environment

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In Fox v. Costco Wholesale Corp., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals stated that hostile work environment claims may be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There, an employee who had Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD claimed he was subject to a hostile work environment because of his medical conditions, including mocking his disability over a significant period of time and with the employer’s knowledge. Specifically, the court stated that the prohibition of discrimination under the ADA includes prohibiting workplace harassment, similar as with Title VII claims. The court indicated that there was sufficient information alleged that would allow the case to proceed. Employers should take care to consistently enforce anti-discrimination and harassment policies.

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  1. Review the decision here.
  2. Have discrimination and harassment policies reviewed for compliance.
  3. Have employees regularly trained on discrimination and harassment prevention.
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Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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