Grandfathering Under the ADA Is Not A Thing

Grandfathering Under the ADA Is Not A Thing

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
For all of you businesses in cool brick lofts, I’ve got some bad news for you. Grandfathering under the ADA is not a thing. Everyone thinks it is, though. It’s a persistent rumor leading to poor decisions. I hear the grandfathering rumor all the time. All....
Can I Require My Employees To Be Nonsmokers?

Can I Require My Employees To Be Nonsmokers?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
When I first started practicing law, I was asked by a fitness-conscious employer whether he could require his employees to quit smoking. After some research into the Americans with Disabilities Act, I concluded, “no.” Basically, I concluded that smoking...
Do Employers Have to Accommodate Employees Who Object to Serving Gay Customers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Do Employers Have to Accommodate Employees Who Object to Serving Gay Customers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
So I have a heavy topic for you today: Do employers have to accommodate employees who object to serving gay customers based on religious beliefs? Pretend that you own a bakery. You have an employee who sincerely objects against gay marriage for religious reasons. Your...
Americans with Disabilities Act 25 Years Old Today

Americans with Disabilities Act 25 Years Old Today

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The law’s goal is to ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities by mandating greater accessibility and reasonable accommodations in public...
Boys and Girls Restrooms Have Nothing to Do With Sex

Boys and Girls Restrooms Have Nothing to Do With Sex

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
I remember going the the ABA’s employment law boondoggle in 2010. Occasionally, I like to get my law geek on. On the second day, I attended a panel session on emerging sex discrimination issues. One of the panel lawyers was a transgendered woman. We were...
What is the Status on Firing Employees for Medical Marijuana Use?

What is the Status on Firing Employees for Medical Marijuana Use?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
The Current State of Medical Marijuana Use As of December 2014, states where medical marijuana is legal no longer have to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Hidden within a 1000+ page spending measure, Congress essentially approved lifting the...
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