Deaf Job Applicant Will Get $30K-Plus in Settlement of EEOC’s ADA Suit Against Employer

After a lull, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is picking up the pace on the Americans With Disabilities front.

The commission announced yesterday it has settled an ADA lawsuit it filed on behalf of an applicant who was denied a job because he is deaf.

The applicant applied for a job with Graceworks Lutheran Services, a housing and care service provider located in Dayton, Ohio.

According to the EEOC,  Graceworks Lutheran Services refused to hire Michelle Anthony because she is deaf and cannot speak. Anthony applied for the site manager position at one of the Graceworks’ housing communities. Despite its being an apartment complex that gives preference to deaf residents, Graceworks required the successful job candidate to be a hearing individual.

The employer has agreed to settle the case for $30,660, the commission announced yesterday.


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