Healthcare system refused to hire deaf candidate: lawsuit

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The EEOC is seeking back wages, damages and an injunction from the medical provider.

A Minnesota health-care provider is accused of refusing to hire a candidate as a hostess because she was deaf, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said in a lawsuit filed on April 1st.

According to the lawsuit, a deaf woman applied to be a greeter in July 2020 at North Memorial Health and qualified for the position which involved greeting visitors, adhering to COVID-19 policies and giving instructions.

North Memorial Health, which the EEOC says operates two hospitals and 26 clinics and facilities in the Twin Cities area, “failed to accommodate and hire the candidate due to her disability,” according to a statement from EEOC press.

The health system did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News on April 4.

The EEOC said the health care system’s actions “violated the Civil Rights Act.”

According to the EEOC, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 made it illegal to “discriminate against, fail to hire and fail to accommodate” qualified persons with disabilities.

The lawsuit seeks back wages, damages and an injunction from the medical system.

“Unfortunately, when deaf people apply for jobs, some still face discrimination. Some employers mistakenly believe they can’t perform the job because of their disability or discriminate against them based on myths, fears and stereotypes,” said Gregory Gochanour, Chicago District District Attorney for the EEOC. , in the press release.

Mariah Rush is a national real-time reporter. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and previously worked for the Chicago Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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