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The EEOC sued Federal Express alleging that a no beard policy discriminated against employees with a sincerely held religious conviction that prevents shaving. The matter was settled in a consent decree which requires exceptions to the policy for religious reasons and training.

Insulin-dependent diabetic applicants for positions which required driving were automatically disqualified because of a “genuine substantial risk.” The Fifth Circuit no longer tolerates this. An individualized assessment must be conducted.

An employee with a metal plate in his head was routinely called “platehead.” He sued for disability-based harassment after his discharge. The Eighth Circuit found that disability-based harassment is unlawful, but dismissed the case because the repeated comment was not severe and extreme.