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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.

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.