Sometimes being 'stressed out' is an essential job function

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to Missouri employers) recently gave hope to employers forced to defend their employment actions by pointing out the role that well-written job descriptions can play in allowing an employer to prevail on an "essential job function" defense. The case is also a good reminder of the importance of ensuring employment decisions have a well-documented, legitimate basis — especially when they follow close in time to leave requests. Read More...