PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Landis Retirement Community and
its managing entity, Landis Communities, will settle allegations of federal
pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination and retaliation with a
According to the EEOC charges, Amy Potts was an registered nurse/charge nurse
and campus supervisor for eight years at Landis’ facility in Lititz, Pennsylvania. She had
surgery related to her disability, a reproductive system impairment, and requested to lift no more than 25 pounds on the job, according to the commission.
The EEOC says Landis refused
to accommodate this request and put Potts on indefinite leave. Potts sought
rehire upon having her baby but allegedly was turned away. The company also
conducted an unlawful medical inquiry, EEOC charged.
"Employers must be aware of the intersection between
the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII's pregnancy discrimination prohibitions,” said EEOC
Philadelphia District director Spencer H. Lewis Jr. "This
settlement should prompt all employers to review their reasonable accommodation
policies and practices now to make sure they are compliant with both
In addition to monetary relief, Landis is enjoined from
violating Title VII of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the future and
must provide training on the ADA to its employees.