The U.S. Department of Justice and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) entered a consent decree that will resolve an individual employment complaint and improve the organization’s employment policies and procedures going forward.
The individual complaint arose when a job applicant alleged that WMATA withdrew a job offer after learning about his disability, without engaging in any discussion of reasonable accommodation. WMATA will offer a payment of $175,000 to the individual.
Additionally, WMATA will establish policies and staff training programs to ensure future compliance with ADA provisions.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Luzerne County, Pennsylvania entered a settlement agreement that will result in improved access to polling places. The County will undertake an extensive program to assess polling places and mitigate barriers to voting though actions such as structural modifications, temporary Election Day measures, and relocating polling places.
Additionally, the County will implement a comprehensive program to train Election Officers and poll workers and monitor compliance efforts.
Commercial Real Estate Services Company Cushman & Wakefield will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to resolve a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
According to the lawsuit, a long-time employee of the company’s Columbia, Maryland, facility requested medical leave for her breast cancer treatment under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). While on FMLA leave, the individual requested, as a reasonable accommodation, to return to work on a part-time basis while she underwent treatment and advised that she might need additional unpaid leave after her surgery. The EEOC charged that Cushman & Wakefield fired the employee because of her disability instead of allowing her to work part-time or providing another reasonable accommodation that would have enabled her to remain employed.