We have been doing an ADA update annually for a number of years now. This year is no different as this challenging law continues to get more complicated. The ADA now tops the list of discrimination claims in the courts and before the EEOC. New developments range from interactive process problems to complicated accommodation issues and legal concerns regarding fitness for duty and other medical exams. To add more problems, website accessibility issues now exist related to vision and hearing impairments and smartphone apps are being targeted as well. We will discuss both new legal developments and suggestions in the areas where those issues are the most challenging.
Gavin S. Appleby, Esq. is a Shareholder with the law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Atlanta where he advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters. He has been consistently rated as an IAML "all-star" instructor for more than 20 years. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America, Employment & Labor-Management, Atlanta every year since 2010. Mr. Appleby presents at many IAML seminars including the Certificate in Conducting Lawful Workplace Investigations Seminar, the Certificate in Making Employment Workplace Decisions Workshop, the Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar, and numerous in-house programs and webinars. Participants appreciate how he combines his legal skills with practical insights into workplace issues.
Mr. Appleby's focus ranges from defending single plaintiff and class action employment cases to advising on and litigating wage and hour matters and handling OSHA issues. He also has significant experience in union avoidance, defending union campaigns, handling arbitrations and mediations, and conducting investigations. He is nationally known for his employment law and diversity training, as well as for developing legally-defensible diversity programs. He received his B.A. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia where he was a member of the national Moot Court Team. Mr. Appleby is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He lectures extensively throughout the country and has written a number of published articles on employment and labor law issues. He is also the co-author of a text on pre-employment testing. He is also a Member of the Anti-Doping Review Board - International Tennis Federation, ATP Tour and WTA Tour.