ADA in the News November 24, 2021

VHS West Suburban Medical Center to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The former owner of West Suburban Medical Center, an Oak Park, Illinois hospital will pay $150,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, West Suburban Medical Center violated federal civil rights laws by failing to provide a radiology technician the reasonable accommodation of a temporary, part-time schedule in January 2016, keeping her on unpaid leave instead. The suit also alleged that even after she no longer required a reasonable accommodation, the hospital refused to allow her to return to work, and instead terminated her in July 2016.


Baystate Medical Center Agrees to Settle Allegations of Americans with Disabilities Act Violations

Baystate Medical Center (Baystate) has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide effective communication during scheduled labors and deliveries of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The agreement resolves a complaint by an individual who is deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. The complaint alleges that Baystate failed to provide the aggrieved party with effective ASL communication during her scheduled labor and delivery, in violation of the ADA. While investigating this complaint, another aggrieved party who was not provided with an ASL accommodation during two scheduled labors and deliveries was identified.

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