Fired Visually Impaired Worker to Get $110K in Settlement of ADA Suit Against Bank of America

On the other hand, it’s going to be a better Christmas for a Chicago-area worker who was denied a reasonable accommodation that would have allowed him to continue working at Bank of America in spite of his visual impairment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on December 19 that it had recovered $110,000 in settlement of an Americans With Disabilities Act claim brought on behalf of a temporary data entry worker who worked at one of the bank’s downtown Chicago branches.

The announcement didn’t specify what accommodation the worker had asked for, but EEOC pointed out that modifying the workplace is one way to enable a worker to perform the essential functions of this job. In this case that might include providing screen magnifying software that would enable an employee with a visual impairment to perform essential computer work. Questions and answers about blindness, visual impairments and the ADA are available on the EEOC’s website.

So this outcome is a valuable lesson during the holiday or any other season for that matter–employers must look for creative ways to accommodate persons with disabilities so that they can do the job for which they were hired. That’s the ADA minimum requirement, and you can expect the EEOC to be vigilant in its enforcement into 2015 as it has been in 2014 and previous years.

Here’s the EEOC’s announcement of the settlement.

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