Ky. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced Feb. 23 that Graceworks Lutheran Services, a Dayton, Ohio-based
housing and care service provider, will pay $30,660 after allegations of
Lutheran Services purportedly refused to hire Michelle Anthony because she is
deaf and cannot speak. According to the EEOC, Anthony applied to be a site manager
at one of the company’s housing communities. Despite the housing complex giving
preference to deaf individuals, the company mandated that the position be
filled by an individual with hearing, it is alleged.
conduct of this nature violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). the EEOC
first tried to reach a settlement prior to litigation through the agency’s
conciliation process. When that failed, the EEOC filed a lawsuit in U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
to the compensatory damages awarded to Anthony, the company must also institute
anti-discrimination training, reporting of discrimination claims and a
prohibition on discrimination or retaliation of any kind.