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Alicia Voltmer
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Labor and Employment Defense Attorney
Labor and Employment Defense Attorney

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A Cautionary Tale About Discharging a Disabled Employee for a Policy Violation
In its Enforcement Guidance: Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship under the Americans with Disabilities Act issued in 2002, which hasn't yet been withdrawn or updated as a result of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act, th...
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Yelp to Post Restaurant Health Inspection Scores
Starting this coming Tuesday, August 31, 2018, Yelp will post restaurant health inspection scores directly on a restaurant's Yelp page. Yelp initially launched this program in San Francisco in 2013 and to expand it nationwide, hired a third-party company to...
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Restaurant Clients Be Advised---There's a New Health Inspection Grade Website in Town
Restaurant health inspection grades have been available to the public for some time, but in Dallas and Fort Worth, they were difficult to locate in the public health data. In case you missed it, the Dallas Morning News (DMN) has just rolled out a new websit...
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Texas District Court "Assumes" Title VII Protects Transgender Status
The Fifth Circuit has not yet ruled on the issue of whether transgender status is a protected category under Title VII, but earlier this month, a federal district judge in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, assumed that it was.   In Wittmer v...
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Is an Employee on FMLA Leave Entitled to Unemployment Benefits in Texas?
The question of whether an employee on FMLA leave is entitled to apply for and receive unemployment benefits from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the issue that pits the TWC against Wichita County, Texas in a case currently pending before the Texas ...
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Is an Employee's Inability to Read or Understand English a Defense to a Motion to Compel Arbitration?
According to the Dallas Court of Appeals, the short answer is that absent fraud or trickery, an employee's inability to read or comprehend English is not a defense to a motion to compel arbitration where the employee executed an English version of an acknow...
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Seventh Circuit Panel Affirms that the ADA is Not a Medical-Leave Statute
    In a decision that took
more than one year from the date of oral argument to issue, a panel of the
Seventh Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment for a company that was sued
for violations of the ADA, including a failure to accommodate, after it ter...
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New Texting and Driving Ban Effective Today in Texas
Employers with employs who drive as part of their job duties should know that Texas's texting while driving ban takes effect today.  Fines can range from $25 to $99, and up to $200 for repeat offenders. Drivers are, however, permitted to use hands-free devi...
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