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.