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American Airlines and Envoy Air to Pay $9.8 Million to Settle EEOC ADA Lawsuit

American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock to settle a nationwide class lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC claimed the airlines discriminated against hundreds of employees by refusing to allow them to return from medical leaves unless they had no restrictions. The EEOC has long maintained that such “100% healed” policies violate the ADA because they discount the possibility that reasonable accommodations may enable workers to return to duty.

EEOC Regional Attorney Mary O'Neill said, "This consent decree is the result of productive and thoughtful negotiations with American. We appreciate American and Envoy working with the EEOC to reach a settlement. In addition to providing meaningful monetary relief for hundreds of former employees, the settlement contains important equitable relief, including company policy changes and training designed to provide people with disabilities equal opportunities in the workplace."