Ford Decision No Green Light To Ban Telecommuting

Law360, New York (April 15, 2015, 8:28 PM EDT) -- A recent Sixth Circuit ruling that nixed a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit against Ford Motor Co. shows companies can say no to workers seeking telecommuting arrangements to accommodate a disability without violating the law, but lawyers warn employers still have to consider telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation.

The appeals court's divided en banc ruling, issued April 10 in an EEOC Americans with Disabilities Act case brought on behalf of a worker with irritable bowel syndrome who wanted to work up to four days a week from home, said regular in-person attendance was an essential function of most jobs and...

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