Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions painted a bleak picture for disabled Americans wanting to enter or stay in the workforce across the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), less than one-third of disabled Americans were considered part of the workforce in June and even fewer were actually working.
A Wendy's franchisee has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for discriminating against a job applicant based on a disability. The hearing-impaired individual had applied for a cook's position with the fast-food chain but claims he was not hired, despite his experience, because of his disability, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
While visiting former coworkers, Debbie Stevens learned that her former supervisor at Atlantic Automotive Group, Jackie Brucia, was in need of a kidney transplant. Stevens offered to donate one of hers. After another kidney donor for Brucia fell through, Stevens believes Brucia began grooming her to be the back-up donor.
A federal judge in New York City held that disabled residents are discriminated against under the Americans with Disabilities Act for failure to provide adequate taxis that provide reasonable accommodation to disabled residents.
A $275,000 disability settlement between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Wal-Mart was reached this week. The settlement was agreed upon after a man was unfairly discriminated against following his cancer surgery.