Employer Sued by EEOC Over Refusal to Install Door Opener for Wheelchair-Bound Employee

On the face of it, it seems like the easiest accommodation possible: Install an automatic door opener to allow an employer whose disability requires him to use a wheelchair to be able to enter and exit the workplace.

But because a Wisconsin-based company, Orion Energy Systems Inc. allegedly didn’t make that accommodation for this employee, it finds itself a named defendant in an ADA lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC filed the suit in federal district court in Wisconsin seeking relief for Orion employee Scott Conant, who has the above-described physical condition.

“Here, the doors were shut in Mr. Conant’s face both literally and figuratively,” EEOC regional attorney John Hendrickson said, in announcing the suit.. “The EEOC is here to make sure those doors stay open for people wrongly and illegally denied opportunities because of disabilities.”

Read more about the lawsuit here.


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