Littler’s Peter Susser and Peter Petesch Author New Publication on Disability Discrimination and the Workplace Released by Bloomberg BNA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 12, 2011) - Peter Susser and Peter Petesch, shareholders in the Washington, D.C. office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, have authored the second edition of Disability Discrimination and the Workplace for Bloomberg BNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg. The recently-released publication provides a comprehensive picture of the disability discrimination landscape and covers both pre-ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and post-ADAAA interpretations of the law.

“Now that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued its final regulations on the ADAAA and continues to issue other updated guidance, disability law is entering a new era of enforcement,” said Susser. “The increased coverage provisions have a profound effect not only on how disability cases are litigated and how the courts decide in these cases, but also on how management and employees interact prior to the filing of a lawsuit.”

 “With a much broader range of conditions that are now covered, the increased focus in the workplace is on the avoidance of discrimination on the basis of disabilities, accommodating employees with disabilities and on the protection of privacy,” added Petesch.

Disability Discrimination and the Workplace, Second Edition addresses the many questions that arise from the final regulations and also discusses:

  • The parameters of the Rehabilitation Act, with its development of similar key definitions, and the scope of the critical obligation to accommodate protected individuals;
  • The proliferation of state disability discrimination protections, some of which preceded the ADA and others of which were structured to coordinate with the ADA, and how these state measures are interpreted;
  • Public accommodation under Title III of the ADA, and new Justice Department regulations governing public accommodations; and
  • The intersection of disability discrimination law and other federal statues, including: the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the National Labor Relations Act.

The book also focuses on issues that likely will define disability discrimination litigation in the coming years.

Disability Discrimination and the Workplace, Second Edition (1,572 pp. Hardcover/Order #1794/$465.00 plus tax, shipping, and handling) may be purchased from Bloomberg BNA, PO Box 7814, Edison, NJ 08818-7814. Telephone orders: 800.960.1220. Fax orders: 732.346.1624. A 10% discount is available on print copies of books when ordering from the website at Please note that discounts cannot be combined.

About the Authors

Susser currently serves as Littler’s executive vice-president and corporate secretary, is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and formerly served as the office managing shareholder of Littler’s Washington, D.C. office. He has published dozens of articles on a wide range of employment law issues that have appeared in legal journals, human resources publications and trade journals and is the author of several employment law treatises. He often appears before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Susser regularly handles matters such as defense of discrimination and harassment claims, disability discrimination and protected leave issues and ADA issues.

Petesch has more than 20 years of experience in representing employers in disability-related matters under both Titles I and III of the ADA, and led recent Littler webinars in both areas. He is core member of Littler’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation Practice Group, and has published numerous articles on the ADA and other employment issues for a variety of human resources and trade journals and has been quoted extensively on these matters in the national media. He handles a wide range of labor and employment matters, including litigation under the ADA, the Family and Medical Leave Act and Title VII.

About Bloomberg BNA

Bloomberg BNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg, is a leading source of legal, regulatory, and business information for professionals. In addition to Disability Discrimination and the Workplace, Second Edition, Bloomberg BNA publishes: The Family and Medical Leave Act, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Employment Discrimination Law, Privacy in Employment Law, Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation and other titles in employment and labor law. For a free catalog, call 1.800.960.1220, send an email request to or visit online at

About Littler Mendelson

With over 850 attorneys and 55 offices, Littler Mendelson is the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment and labor law matters. As the only U.S. member of the Ius Laboris global alliance, Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of multi-national clients, from navigating international employment laws and labor relations issues to applying corporate policies worldwide. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record.