Reasonable Accommodations Allow Hearing Impaired Employees Equal Access in the Workplace

A deaf employee complained of discrimination under the ADA because she was not invited to team meetings. She requested the reasonable accommodation to have an ASL interpreter present at meetings and performance reviews, but the request was denied. The employee was then fired in retaliation for requesting a reasonable workplace accommodation. The EEOC brought forth a lawsuit on behalf of the employee for conduct that allegedly violated the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). In settlement of the matter, the employer agreed to pay compensation and make changes at the workplace, including training on the ADA to its HR and management staff. Read the full EEOC press release linked here. For ADA guidelines on employing individuals with hearing impairments, review this document from the EEOC.  

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