Catholic Health Care System Agrees to Pay Fine, Become ADA Compliant
Presence Health, a Catholic health care system based out of Chicago, recently agreed to pay a $500,000 fee to settle disability complaints filed by employees with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
This fee, which was a voluntary decision by the organization, stems from a years-long investigation by the EEOC into the Presence Health system. According to the agency, three Presence Health hospitals regularly discriminated against employees with disabilities.
Presence Health failed to return employees who were on medical leave back to their previous positions and/or did not reassign them to a different position for which they would be qualified. Instead, the organization either fired the employee in question or placed them on disability leave.
The $500,000 fee includes money to recoup those who were discriminated against. The agency is also required to conduct annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) training over the next three years at the three hospitals in question, among various other terms included in the settlement.
The Director of the Chicago district of the EEOC said the resolution is just as good for Presence Health as it is for the former employees who will be compensated by the health care system. Overall, Presence Health stands to benefit from improving the way it treats employees with disabilities and the way it complies with ADA standards. The organization was very cooperative throughout the EEOC investigation and has taken its sanctions in stride.
In a statement, Presence Health said, “Our values as a Catholic health care organization call on us to treat employees fairly and with compassion in their personal time of need for accommodations and medical leave of absence.”
This is just the latest example of a large organization being forced to pay significant fines because it did not meet ADA compliance standards. This could happen to small companies as well. If your company is not meeting ADA regulations, now is the time to make the necessary adjustments.
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