According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) lawsuit, an outside sales representative employed by Spike Electric was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a form of cancer, and subsequently scheduled to have surgery to remove a tumor. The employee notified the company of his diagnosis and the vice president of sales attempted to reduce the employee’s pay by almost half two days later. Approximately one month later, and one day prior to the employee’s surgery, the employee was informed he was being terminated. The company also interfered with the employee’s subsequent efforts to find employment in the same industry.
According to the EEOC’s suit, after a successful interview in which the job applicant disclosed a leg injury that prevented him from prolonged walking, sitting or standing, Telecare offered the highly experienced registered nurse a job at its Shelton, Washington facility, contingent on successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination. Telecare’s contract medical examiner and the applicant’s primary doctor both deemed the applicant medically qualified for the position.
However, despite both medical certifications and the applicant’s assurances, Telecare withdrew its job offer and refused to hire the applicant.
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, in collaboration with the ADA National Network, has launched a quarterly webinar series, Ask an ADA Professional. The series was launched in response to requests for more topic-specific sessions where individuals can ask an ADA professional questions on select topics. Sessions will feature technical assistance staff from the 10 ADA National Network Regional Centers. The inaugural session, Hybrid Work, Face Coverings, and Vaccinations, will air October 13th, 2-3 pm ET. Registration is free and required to participate.
On this episode hosted by the Southeast ADA Center, we celebrate the diverse contributions that people with disabilities make to America's workplaces and economy during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Our guest panel of self-advocates with disabilities will discuss their personal experiences in finding work, job accommodations, and the importance of employment and career to community inclusion. Learn & explore: www.adalive.org.