ADA in the News August 12, 2021

K&L Auto Crushers Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Tyler, Texas-based K&L Auto Crushers will pay $90,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the employee immediately notified the owner of K&L when she was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer. The employee also told the owner the estimated length of her chemotherapy treatment. Shortly after the employee started chemotherapy, the owner told the employee that the company had secured temporary help and that she should stay home until she was finished with her chemotherapy. The employee asked the owner if she could work from home and requested to return to work on a modified work schedule while she finished chemotherapy, but K&L denied both requests, the EEOC said. K&L fired the employee shortly after she began treatment but did not tell her she had been terminated until she finished chemotherapy, according to the suit.

The EEOC charged that K&L violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects employees from discrimination based on their disabilities and requires employers to make reasonable accommodation for known disabilities.


Genesis HealthCare Inc. Agrees to Resolve Allegations of Americans with Disabilities Act Violations

The U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today an agreement with Genesis HealthCare Inc. (Genesis) to resolve allegations that 12 of its skilled nursing facilities located in Rhode Island and Massachusetts denied admission to prospective residents because they were prescribed an FDA-approved medication for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). This is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


U.S. Access Board Releases Summary Report on AV Forum Public Forum on Inclusive Design of AVs

The U.S. Access Board has released a summary report on its four-part series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to passengers with disabilities. The sessions featured presentations by invited speakers who shared information and research results on design considerations and solutions for making AVs accessible to passengers with mobility, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. They also provided an opportunity for members of the public to pose questions and to share information and ideas during the session or through an online discussion platform. The report summarizes each speakers’ presentation in the forum and comments from the public.

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