Energy Co. Settles EEOC’s ADA Lawsuit Over Refusal to Install Automatic Door Opener

For want of installing an automatic door opener, Orion Energy Systems would be $160,000 richer–instead of having to pony up that amount to settle the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuit under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

According to EEOC’s lawsuit, Orion fired IT employee Scott Conant after he suffered a medical event at work that rendered him with a mobility impairment and required him to use a wheelchair to move distances greater than 15 feet.   EEOC claimed that Orion refused to grant Conant’s request for the reasonable accommodation of installing an automatic door opener. The agency further asserted that Orion fired Conant because of his disability and in retaliation for requesting reasonable accommodations for his disability.

For information on the ADA’s reasonable accommodation requirement, click on this EEOC webpage.

See my prior writeup of the lawsuit.

And here’s the EEOC’s announcement of the settlement.

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