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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | European Union | 18 Jul 2014

EU court advisor issues opinion on obesity as protected disability

Advocate General Niilo Jääskinen of the EU Court of Justice has issued an opinion in the case of a morbidly obese child-minder in Denmark

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 20 Jul 2012

Montana high court rules obesity may be a protected disability

Responding to a question certified by a federal district court, a divided Montana Supreme Court has said that obesity which is not the symptom of a physiological condition may be a “physical or mental impairment” as the terms are used in the Montana Human Rights Act.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 16 Dec 2011

Court recognizes severe obesity as disability under ADA

Denying an employer’s motions for summary judgment in an employment discrimination suit, a federal court in Louisiana has determined that severe obesity, regardless of its basis, qualifies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 30 Sep 2011

EEOC files disability discrimination lawsuit on behalf of morbidly obese man

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has filed a claim under the amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act against a company that allegedly discharged a morbidly obese man.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 6 May 2011

Court awards disabled turkey plant workers $1.7 million in back pay

A federal court in Iowa has determined that 31 disabled men who worked at a turkey-processing plant were owed $1.7 million in back wages and liquidated damages by employers who compensated them at a rate of about $.41 per hour for years.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 15 Apr 2011

EPA releases strategy to protect nation’s waters

EPA has released a strategy that the agency says will protect the nation's waters and strengthen enforcement actions to address water quality challenges.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 8 Apr 2011

Arizona governor proposes Medicaid fee for smokers, obese

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has reportedly proposed levying a $50 annual fee on smokers, the chronically ill or obese who receive aid from the state's financially strapped Medicaid program.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 25 Mar 2011

Florida School District deals with student’s life-threatening peanut allergies

Leaders of Edgewater Elementary School in Edgewater, Florida, are reportedly planning to meet with parents disgruntled over the school's accommodation of a 6-year-old girl with severe peanut allergies.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 18 Mar 2011

IOM reviews “Healthy People 2020” initiative

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued a report analyzing the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) "Healthy People 2020" initiative aimed at improving the overall health of Americans over the coming decade.

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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 11 Feb 2011

FSIS considers animal rights groups’ petitions on downer livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has requested comments on two petitions for rulemaking submitted by animal rights groups seeking reformed regulations concerning “the disposition of non-ambulatory disabled” livestock at slaughter.

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