Calif. (Legal Newsline) — Magnolia Health Corp., a health care and assisted-living facility company, agreed to pay $325,000 and furnish other relief after allegations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said.
EEOC continues to see employers failing to properly engage in the interactive
process or implementing policies that undermine the purpose of the ADA,
particularly in the health care industry,” said Anna Park, regional attorney
for EEOC's Los Angeles District, in a March 8 statement. “We encourage employers to re-examine their
leave and attendance policies to ensure compliance with the ADA.”
to EEOC, Magnolia discriminated against a class of applicants on the basis of
their disability. The EEOC first filed the complaint in 2015, claiming the class discrimination
had happened since 2012. Magnolia also purportedly denied employees accommodations
for their disabilities and refused to hire, or fired, applicants and employees with
disabilities. The company would allegedly rescind offers after medical
examinations that indicated applicants had a disability.
the allegations, Magnolia agreed to retain a consultant on ADA and equal
employment opportunity who will help the company revise its policies.
robust measures agreed to in this decree will assist Magnolia Health in
correcting its practices and prevent future discrimination,” said Melissa
Barrios, local director for EEOC's Fresno Local Office. “This resolution should
send a clear message to employers that they must engage in the interactive
process and attempt to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees. Failing to do so violates federal law."