ADA in the News November 22, 2022

Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation to Pay $55,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, a public hospital in Atlanta, Ga., will pay $55,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Grady violated federal law by failing to accommodate an employee’s disability and then firing her because of that disability. The employee requested approximately five weeks of leave from work due to a medical condition. When she attempted to return to work on the date provided by her original doctor’s note, she was told she needed to provide another doctor’s note. The employee attempted to obtain a new doctor’s note, but Grady discharged her before she was able to do so for allegedly violating one of its work rules, which was a pretext for discrimination, the EEOC said.


EEOC and Federal Agency Partners Issue Resource Document for Military Service Members & Veterans Facing Employment Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a resource document, “Protections Against Employment Discrimination for Service Members and Veterans,” describing federal protections from unlawful employment discrimination against service members and veterans.

The document, jointly-authored by the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, details federal laws and other authorities that provide workplace protections specific to service members and veterans. For the first time, it provides a single publication to help veterans and service members determine which laws and federal agencies are responsible for enforcing their workplace rights and where to seek assistance if they believe those rights have been violated.


Justice Department Secures Agreement with University of California, Berkeley to Make Online Content Accessible to People with Disabilities

The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a proposed consent decree in federal court to resolve allegations that the Regents of the University of California on behalf of the University of California, Berkeley (collectively, UC Berkeley) violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because much of UC Berkeley’s free online content is inaccessible to individuals with hearing, vision, and manual disabilities. The proposed consent decree was filed together with a complaint setting forth the allegations of discrimination.

“By entering into this consent decree, UC Berkeley will make its content accessible to the many people with disabilities who want to participate in and access the same online educational opportunities provided to people without disabilities,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “This decree will provide people with disabilities access to the numerous free online courses, conferences, lectures, performances and other programming offered by UC Berkeley and its faculty, providing lifelong learning opportunities to millions of people.”


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