Intesa Ruling Creates Virtual Minefield For NYC Employers

Law360, New York (November 21, 2013, 8:18 PM EST) -- In Romanello v. Intesa Sanpaolo SpA,[1] the New York Court of Appeals adopted the broad reading of an employer’s duty to accommodate a disabled employee under the New York City Human Rights Law, as initially set forth by a lower court in Phillips v. City of New York.[2]

The court acknowledged that the standards for a plaintiff to prove, and a defendant to defeat, a claim of disability discrimination are different under the city's HRL from those set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act and...
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