St. Alexius Medical Center of Hoffman Estates will pay $125,000 to a former employee as part of a two-year consent decree resolving a civil rights suit by the EEOC.
The EEOC charged that the hospital violated the ADA by failing to provide a disabled employee, who worked as a greeter, with reasonable accommodations which would have allowed her to do her job and by terminating the employee instead. The former employee suffers from cognitive disabilities, and, according to the agency, she asked for simple accommodations such as written job instructions which would have allowed her to do her job.
The EEOC filed suit and a U.S. District Judge entered the decree resolving the suit. In addition to monetary relief for the former employee, the decree requires the hospital to provide training to its managers and other employees about the ADA, implement policies against disability discrimination, and imposes record-keeping and reporting requirements for the duration of the decree, among other measures.