Assisted Living Home in Oregon Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

In Portland, Oregon, an assisted living and nursing home named Pioneer Place Assisted Living facility will pay $80,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).   The nursing home will also apologize to Pamila Bourasa, a job applicant with epilepsy, whom they refused to hire for a cook position.   Even though Bourasa had completed a positive interview and discussed a start date she was not hired when she informed them she had epilepsy prior to taking a routine drug test.  In addition to the monetary settlement, the company will train all employees and managers on disability law, as well as implement anti-discrimination policies on interviewing and hiring.  See

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employers are prohibited from using selection standards or criteria to screen out people with disabilities. Additionally, this law under the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to diminish a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of society based on physical or mental disabilities.  However, many people with physical or mental disabilities have been precluded participating in all aspects of society because of discrimination. As such, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  See

Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC focuses much of its on discrimination matters. Our firm has had considerable success in handling matters such as these throughout Long Island and the New York City area.  For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.