Hospital Refused to Accommodate Employee Disabled by Workplace Injury, Federal Agency Charged
Today’s post is regarding a 3/16/20 EEOC bulletin where a WA state community based health system entered in to a $150,000, 2 year conciliation agreement. The employer allegedly failed to provide reasonable accommodation in the form of reassignment for a disabled employee when there were other jobs the employee was qualified to do with her work restrictions. In addition, MedStar will comply by maintaining a policy prohibiting disability discrimination and retaliation and providing ADA discrimination training to occupational health, human resources, and employee and labor relations personnel.
The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Washington Hospital Center Corporation d/b/a MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Health, Inc., Case No. 18-2160) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its administrative conciliation process.
Disability Discrimination Notes
Employer Coverage – 15 or more employees
- Non-Federal Employees have 180 days to file a charge (may be extended by state laws)
- Federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO counselor.