Legal Alert - California Court of Appeal Finds that Employers are Required to Reasonably Accommodate Even Non-disabled Employees
by Anne Dwyer and Christy Joseph
On April 4, 2016, the California Court of Appeal issued an unprecedented ruling in Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to reasonably accommodate non-disabled employees who are associated with a person with a disability. It is important to note that this case did not involve rights for family medical leave under the FMLA or the CFRA, nor did it involve an employee with a disability. Rather, this was purely an associational disability discrimination case.