Verizon Communications has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit charging the telecommunications giant with failing to accommodate hundreds of workers whose absences were caused by their disabilities. The lawsuit was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and settled in a consent decree last month in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The settlement amount was the largest of any single EEOC lawsuit alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, the commission said. The EEOC’s Complaint said the company disciplined or fired workers who built up absences under a “no fault” attendance policy rather than making exceptions for those with disabilities.
Source: Baltimore Sun
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