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Displaying 1 - 24 of 119 results for 'disability & deaf & accommodation'

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Voyant Beauty Will Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

CHICAGO – Voyant Beauty, LLC will pay $75,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC charged in its suit that Voyant terminated an employee on her first day of work upon learning that she is deaf. The company did so even though she was qualified for the job and could have performed its essential functions with

February 27, 2024

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Tech Mahindra to Pay $255,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK - Tech Mahindra, Inc., a New York-based IT services company, will pay $255,000 to a job applicant to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a deaf applicant provided a sign-language interpreter during an interview he had for an automation engineer position with Tech Mahindra in Rochester, New York. When Tech Mahindra realized the applicant was

February 14, 2024

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Nebraska Court Orders Trucking Company to Pay Deaf Driver Punitive Damages, Lost Wages After Jury Awarded Millions

ST. LOUIS – Werner Enterprises, Inc. and Drivers Management, LLC must pay $335,682 to a deaf truck driver months after an Omaha jury found in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on disability discrimination claims, a federal judge ruled this week. The court also ordered the companies to submit semi-annual reports to the EEOC for the next three years with information about deaf truck driver applicants and new hires.

The judgment follows

January 12, 2024

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Cloudbeds to Pay $150,000 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

BOSTON – Remote-first global technology company Digital Arbitrage, Inc., doing business as Cloudbeds, will pay $150,000 to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, during their hiring process Cloudbeds failed to provide an accommodation to Peter St. John, a well-qualified candidate in IT administration who is deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. Cloudbeds terminated his

November 29, 2023

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EEOC Sues Alliance Ground International for Discrimination Against Deaf Applicants

CHICAGO - Alliance Ground International, LLC, a cargo logistics and handling company, violated federal anti-discrimination law by refusing to hire a qualified applicant for a mail handler position at its Chicago facility because he was deaf, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the lawsuit, a deaf applicant sought a position working in a warehouse through Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, a job training and placement not-for-profit. The

September 29, 2023

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EEOC Sues Nonprofit for Disability Discrimination

WASHINGTON - Didlake, Inc. a government contractor that provides janitorial and maintenance employees to federal worksites throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a suit filed today.

The EEOC alleged that although Didlake, a not-for-profit corporation, employs a significant number of deaf and hard-of-hearing employees, it failed to provide communications

September 26, 2023

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EEOC Sues Voyant Beauty for Disability Discrimination

CHICAGO – Voyant Beauty, LLC violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it fired a production line worker because she is deaf, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.  

The EEOC’s suit alleges that Voyant terminated the employee on her first day of work at its facility in Countryside, Illinois, upon learning she is deaf, even though she was qualified for the job and could have performed

September 22, 2023

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EEOC Sues UPS for Disability Discrimination in Hiring

CHICAGO – United Parcel Service (UPS) violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by maintaining a discriminatory policy of refusing to hire or reasonably accommodate deaf or hearing-impaired individuals for driver positions of vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds, even when the Department of Transportation (DOT) had authorized the practice, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.  

According to the EEOC’s suit, the UPS policy is an illegal

September 22, 2023

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Walmart Refused to Provide Qualified Interpreters for Deaf Employees, EEOC Charges in Suit

ST. LOUIS – Multinational retailer Walmart violated federal law when it failed to provide effective means of communication to two employees with disabilities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC, the two employees were hired by Walmart as overnight stockers at a store in Olathe, Kansas. The employees, both of whom are deaf, required an interpreter for communica­tion during key times, such as orientation, training

September 8, 2023

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Jury Awards Over $36 Million in EEOC Disability Discrimination Case Against Werner Trucking

ST. LOUIS – An eight-person jury in Omaha, Nebraska returned a verdict of $36,075,000 in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on disability discrimination claims against Drivers Management, LLC and Werner Enterprises, Inc., the federal agency announced today. The jury awarded Robinson $75,000 in compensatory damages and $36,000,000 in punitive damages after deliberating for less than two hours following a four-day trial, finding that Drivers Management and Werner’s conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities

September 1, 2023

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EEOC Sues Cloudbeds for Discriminating Against Deaf Applicant

BOSTON – Digital Arbitrage, Inc., doing business as Cloudbeds—an international, remote-first technology company that employs individuals around the world—violated federal law by denying an applicant’s request for an accommodation in the interview process and by refusing to hire the applicant based on his disability, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, in January 2022, Peter St. John applied to work as a remote IT administrator

August 15, 2023

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Houcorp, Inc. to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

SEBASTIAN, Fla. – Houcorp, Inc. (Houcorp), a fast-food restaurant franchise operating seven restaurants in Indian River and Brevard Counties, will pay $50,000 and provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to applicants and employees, upon request, for interviews, orientations, trainings, and performance reviews to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, an applicant advised Houcorp’s hiring and training manager

July 21, 2023

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Lyneer Staffing, LLC Will Pay $119,400 to Settle Americans with Disabilities Act Suit

BALTIMORE – Lyneer Staffing, LLC, a leading national staffing agency, will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to deaf applicants, train its managers on reasonable accommodations, and pay $119,400 to settle an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) suit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

According to the lawsuit, a deaf applicant sought a position working in a warehouse through Lyneer Staffing, LLC. Initially, Lyneer Staffing referred the applicant to the client-employer, and the

February 24, 2023

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Updated EEOC Resource Explains ADA Requirements for Individuals with Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released an updated resource document, “Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” explaining how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to job applicants and employees who are deaf or hard of hearing or have other hearing conditions.

The document outlines how certain pre- and post-job offer disability-related questions can violate the ADA, describes easy-to-access technologies that can make

January 24, 2023

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Pneuline Supply Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Case

GREELEY, Colo. – Pneuline Supply, a Colorado parts manufacturer, will pay $44,250 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Pneuline fired a deaf employee after she complained of discrimination and requested to have a sign language interpreter during important meetings. The employee complained of discrimination because managers invited all other team members, except

January 17, 2023

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North Memorial Health to Pay $180,000 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS – North Memorial Health, a health care provider that operates two hospitals and 26 specialty and primary care clinics, urgent and emergency care facilities and medical transportation services throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, will pay $180,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, in July 2020, North Memorial Health failed to

January 13, 2023

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EEOC Sues Lyneer Staffing, LLC for Disability Discrimination

BALTIMORE – Lyneer Staffing, LLC, a leading national staffing agency, violated federal law when it failed to refer an applicant for a position at a retail warehouse because she is deaf, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today. 

According to the lawsuit, a deaf applicant sought a position working in a warehouse through Lyneer Staffing LLC. Initially, she was referred to the client-employer, the client-employer accepted her as a worker and assigned her

September 28, 2022

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Viewpoint and CampusPoint to Pay $225,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

PORTLAND, Ore. — Construction software developer Viewpoint, Inc. and its recruiter CampusPoint Corporation will pay $225,000 and provide significant affirmative relief to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, CampusPoint selected the applicant to interview for an analyst position with its client Viewpoint, with both companies agreeing that he was highly qualified, and his experience was “ideal.” However

June 8, 2022

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EEOC Sues North Memorial Health for Disability Discrimination Against Deaf Applicant

MINNEAPOLIS – North Memorial Health violated civil rights law when it failed to hire an applicant who is deaf because of her disability and failed to provide her a reasonable accommodation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the individual applied for a greeter position in July 2020 at North Memorial Health, which is a health care provider that operates two hospitals

April 1, 2022

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EEOC Sues Pneuline Supply for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

GREELEY, Colo. – Greeley, Colorado parts manufacturer Pneuline Supply, Inc., fired an employee who has a severe hearing impair­ment because of her disability and/or need for accommo­dation and in retaliation for requesting an accommodation and complaining about discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Pneuline Supply hired Lyubov Mezentseva in May 2017 as an assembler at its Greeley facility, knowing that she had

February 2, 2022

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Sprouts Farmers Market to Pay $280,0000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suits

DENVER, Colo. – SFM, LLC, doing business as Sprouts Farmers Market — which operates grocery stores in Colorado and other states — will pay $280,000 to three Deaf injured parties and provide other significant relief to settle lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Raymond Clark, the federal agency announced today. The lawsuits charged that Sprouts denied employment to applicants because of their disabilities and that Sprouts denied them reasonable accommodation

October 15, 2021

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Viewpoint and CampusPoint Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

PORTLAND, Ore. — Construction software developer Viewpoint, Inc. and its recruiter, CampusPoint Corporation, violated federal law by refusing to accommodate or hire a qualified deaf applicant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

The EEOC’s investigation found that CampusPoint selected the applicant to interview for an analyst position with its client Viewpoint, with both companies agreeing that he was highly qualified, and his experience was “ideal”.  However, when the

September 28, 2021

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Crothall Healthcare to Pay $37,500 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

ATLANTA – Crothall Healthcare, Inc., a medical laundry and linen service, will pay $37,500 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, applicant Billy Pack, who has cerebral palsy and is deaf, was interviewed by Crothall for a laundry services worker position at the company’s Rome, Ga. location. Pack came to the interview with an American Sign Language interpreter

July 29, 2021

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EEOC Sues Opportunities and Resources, Inc. for Disability Discrimination

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Opportunities and Resources, Inc. and ORI Anuenue Hale, Inc. (ORI), a work placement agency for individuals with disabilities, violated federal law when the agency routinely refused to provide sign language interpreters to deaf employees, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, several deaf employees made repeated requests for sign language interpreters for staff meetings where ORI discussed work safety procedures, work

June 25, 2021