CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Xerox State Healthcare LLC (Xerox
Healthcare) will pay $35,000 after allegations of violating federal disability
Xerox Healthcare provides health care
program administration services for programs such as long-term care and pharmacy
benefits management. EEOC alleges the company failed to grant a reasonable
accommodation to an employee with a disability to allow her to complete a
mandatory pre-employment drug screening.
Victoria Dozer was diagnosed with end stage renal disease.
She receives hemodialysis treatment to manage the disease. In September 2014,
she was purportedly given a written employment offer with Xerox Healthcare. The
offer was contingent on a drug test. EEOC alleged Dozer wanted to complete
the test, but her disability meant that she could not provide a urine sample.
Her dialysis center, however, could perform the drug test via a different
method. Xerox Healthcare allegedly did not allow this and instead did not hire
"The ADA's protections apply to a company's applicants
just as they do to existing employees," said Lynette A. Barnes, regional
attorney for EEOC's Charlotte District Office. "When a company is aware
that a qualified applicant needs a reasonable accommodation in order to
complete an aspect of the hiring process, the company must grant that request
unless it poses an undue hardship for the company."
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