TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A local healthcare provider paid $375,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.
Court documents show that Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare recently settled the lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The EEOC alleges TMH terminated two employees because of their disabilities rather than accommodating them by providing leave. In the lawsuit, the EEOC charged that TMH:
- Maintained an inflexible 12-week maximum leave policy
- Denied employee's with disabilities requests for additional leave beyond the Family Medical Leave Act
- Did not engage in a process with each person to determine if he or she could be accommodated (which violates the Americans with Disabilities Act)
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare gave us a statement, which said in part:
"Some of our policies were interpreted in manner that resulted in an action filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While we disagree with the EEOC's position and believe we fully complied with the ADA at all times, TMH agreed to settle with the EEOC regarding this matter."