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Autism Spectrum Disorder and the ADA: New Conversations for Employers to Consider

June 2nd, 2023  

By James V. Thompson, Partner Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC A recent lawsuit filed by the EEOC against Otis Elevator Company alleges violations of and retaliation claims under the Americans with  Disabilities Act (“ADA”) against a former employee based on Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder  (“ADHD”) impairments. U.S. EEOC v. Otis Worldwide… Read More

You Have To Have A Dog In The Hunt

June 2nd, 2023  

In meeting with clients to discuss estate planning, I always explain that a person’s Will disposes of only a portion of the persons assets.  Jointly owned assets with another person with right of survivorship would pass by contract to the survivor. Also, there are many assets that  pass through beneficiary designation, such as IRA’s, 401k… Read More

Preparing for the unthinkable – Active Shooter

May 17th, 2023  

The state of Tennessee remains stunned by the horrific, senseless shootings and resulting deaths of six innocent victims at Covenant School  in Nashville. An active shooter situation is a nightmare, for any organization. FBI statistics reveal that active shooter incidents are on the rise in the U.S. (The FBI defines an active shooter as one… Read More

The Compelled-Speech Doctrine Can the Government Tell You What to Say?

May 2nd, 2023  

The First Amendment prohibits the government from making any “law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” U.S. Const. amend I. The free-speech clause also prohibits the government from compelling speech. In other words, the government cannot tell you what to say.  Rumsfeld v. Foundation for Academic and Institutional Rights,… Read More

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