Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Comply with Federal Law by Improving Access for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Southern California Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals have agreed to resolve allegations that they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide at one of their facilities a qualified sign language interpreter or other appropriate form of auxiliary aid or service to a deaf patient.
The investigation in this matter was triggered by a complainant who alleged she was not provided effective communication before and after a surgical procedure in 2018.
According to the EEOC's lawsuit, National Spine & Pain Centers denied leave to a patient services coordinator who had breast cancer. The EEOC alleged that the employee notified the company that she would require several weeks of medical leave so that she could undergo and recover from a lumpectomy. According to the lawsuit, National Spine & Pain Centers discharged the employee because she was not eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations, including medical leave, to employees with disabilities unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the employer.
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center will host the webinar, ADA Jeopardy: Learn, Connect, and Celebrate 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network, on July 7, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 pm ET.
In a Jeopardy-style game, members from the NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network Regional Centers will answer ADA-related questions to help attendees learn more about the law. Attendees will have a chance to join the game by suggesting questions for the bonus round. Registration is free and required by July 6, 2021. Questions may be submitted with registration.