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Women Denied Jobs After They Were Spotted Using Sign Language

Women Denied Jobs After They Were Spotted Using Sign Language

Company must pay $110,000 as part of settlement

Many people may believe that it’s too difficult to pursue an action against a company they’ve never worked for. Therefore, hiring discrimination may frequently go unchallenged.

However, a recent case shows that it’s definitely worth your time to speak to an attorney if you believe that you’ve been denied employment for an unlawful reason.

Told they wouldn’t be hired

Katelynn Baker and Tia Rice hoped to get jobs in the cell phone repair facility run by S&B Industry. They arrived at the company’s facility to participate in a group interview.

During the interview, Baker and Rice used American Sign Language to communicate with each other.

The two women later met with a supervisor. In that meeting, they requested written information about the available positions. The supervisor provided it.

However, not long after that, the supervisor suddenly stopped writing information for the women. Baker and Rice were told that they wouldn’t be hired.

The women complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which sued on their behalf.

Ultimately, the company agreed to settle the case rather than defend its actions in front of a jury. It must pay the women $110,000.

Entitled to accommodations

Under federal law, individuals who are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are entitled to reasonable accommodation during the job application process, unless the company can show that doing so would create an undue hardship.

An undue hardship may be something that requires significant difficulty or expense to implement.

In general, things like writing down instructions would not be considered an undue hardship.

Of course, it’s important to note that job applicants who are covered by the ADA must be able to meet the employer's requirements for the job. That can include things like:

  • education
  • training
  • employment experience
  • skills, and
  • licenses

Disabled job applicants must also be able to perform the essential functions, or core duties, of the job either with or without accommodation.

The ADA applies to private employers with 15 or more employees, as well as to state and local government employers.

Remember, employers cannot refuse to consider disabled job applicants because they requested a reasonable accommodation.

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If you believe that you were unfairly denied employment because of a disability, it’s a good idea to consult an attorney.

Call or email us today to discuss your unique situation.

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