Crothall Healthcare, Inc., a medical laundry and linen service, will pay $37,500 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a news release.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, applicant Billy Pack, who suffers from cerebral palsy and deafness, was interviewed by Crothall for a laundry services worker position at the company’s Rome, Ga. location. Pack came to the interview with an American Sign Language interpreter and mobility aids and asked for a stool as an accommodation for his disability. Crothall refused to extend an offer to Pack and claimed the position had been filled but hired more than 80 non-disabled workers for the position shortly after Pack applied, according to the EEOC’s complaint.
This alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination based on a disability.
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