Deaf Job Applicant Wins $75,000 Settlement

Deaf Job Applicant Wins $75,000 Settlement

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas settles disability discrimination lawsuit.

Dallas-based insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas will pay $75,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The settlement comes after the company allegedly failed to accommodate a deaf job applicant, officials said.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the lawsuit alleging that the company had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The allegations arose after Sheryl Meador, who is deaf, tried to apply online for a job at the company but found that the process was not accessible for deaf people. After she requested accommodations, Blue Cross stopped communicating with her.

“Like so many other people with or without disabilities, Ms. Meador just wanted the opportunity to work,” EEOC attorney Heather Nodler said. “She was well qualified for this position, irrespective of the nature of her disability. Unfortunately, however, the application process became a needless roadblock to her employment.”

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