September 24, 2012

Mercy Hospice Sued By EEOC for Disability Bias

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Home Health System member Mercy Hospice because of their refusal to provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled nurse, Patricia Barriger. The Mercy Hospice later fired Barriger. Barriger tried to return to work from a medical leave of absence. Instead of providing her with a reasonable accommodation, the company discharged her because, according to the company, she was an inactive employee who was […]
September 5, 2012

Hawaii Electric Company to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). HECO, an electric distribution company, is the primary energy provider for the Hawaiian islands. The complaint alleged that HECO denied an employee a meter reader position due to an eye condition. The employee had a congenital eye condition resulting in blindness in one eye. The […]
August 8, 2012

Howard University Failed to Hire Applicant Due to His Disability

Howard University in the District of Columbia has been charged with violating federal law when it refused to hire an applicant for a security position at its hospital because of his disability, diabetes. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Howard University, founded in 1862, and a private, historically black university. Howard University Hospital is a division of the University at large and is subject to its employment policies and procedures. According to the lawsuit, Clarence […]
August 6, 2012

Johns Hopkins Home Health Care to settle Disability Discrimination suit

In Baltimore, Maryland, the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Inc, is going to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) because it failed to make a reasonable accommodation for her disability, and was retaliated against by the employer.  Ellen Fisher, a registered nurse, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2009, and in order to return to work she needed reasonable accommodation with limited restrictions.  However, the employer […]
August 1, 2012

Albuquerque Bakery & Café Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Jaazrubin, LLC, doing business as Savory Fare Bakery and Café in Albuquerque, has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC charged that Savory Fare subjected Laura Mitchell to discrimination because of her disability.  Mitchell is hearing impaired and has a minor speech impediment. The EEOC claimed that Mitchell was denied job advancement and job training to a position as a cashier from a dishwasher/busser […]
August 5, 2010

20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

July 26, 2010, marked the 20th anniversary of a landmark anti-discrimination law for people with disabilities.  President George H. W. Bush signed the civil rights law called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which governs employers, transportation systems and public places, including hotels and other businesses.  Congress passed the law to bar discrimination against people with physical or mental disabilities.  Although ADA was considered to be groundbreaking legislation when it was passed, many have commented […]