Thursday, July 23, 2015

Aurora Settles Federal Disability Discrimination Suit for $80,000

The Milwaukee field office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") announced that Aurora Health Care, one of Wisconsin's largest employers, will pay $80,000 to settle a federal disability discrimination suit filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). 

The lawsuit alleged that, in 2009, Aurora withdrew a job offer it had made to Kelly Beckwith ("Beckwith") for a position as hospice care coordinator upon learning during her pre-employment medical examination that she has multiple sclerosis (MS).  Beckwith had been diagnosed with MS some years earlier, but had not yet developed major symptoms. At the time she applied, Beckwith was working as a nurse and was fully qualified to perform the essential functions of the job.  Aurora attempted to argue that Beckwith did not disclose her MS.  The EEOC alleged that Aurora discriminated against Beckwith because of her disability by misusing confidential medical information to discriminate against her, and by using a qualification standard that tends to discriminate against those who are disabled.

The case was Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Aurora Health Care, Inc., Civil Action No. 12-cv-984.  

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