EEOC Sues Disability Services Provider for Disability Discrimination
Yup. See this press release, which begins:
Solano County disability services provider Pace Solano violated federal law when it withdrew a job offer because of the applicant’s disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.
After interviewing for a position to teach developmentally disabled adults at Pace Solano’s Vallejo, Calif., facility, Katrina Holly was immediately offered a job and asked to take a pre-employment physical exam. Holly successfully completed all of the tests and disclosed that she had partial paralysis in one hand to the examiner, so that he would have her complete medical information. Despite written verification from its own doctor that Holly was cleared to do the job, Pace Solano withdrew its job offer due to her hand. When she asked the company to reconsider, the response was, “Your injury makes you a liability; you don’t want to get hurt any more than you already are, do you?”
“When they told me I wasn’t getting the job, I was sure there was some mistake,” Holly said. “I was shocked to be told that it was because of my disability. Most people are unaware of it, and it didn’t prevent me from doing any of the tasks they tested me on.”Thanks to Chai Feldblum for passing this along.