Oracle Transcription Company, Inc., a Rockville, MD transcription company, will pay $30,000 and furnish substantial remedial relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC. Oracle denied an existing employee a position as a full-time medical transcription editor. Oracle’s supervisor told the employee that they didn’t want to “stress her out” with the responsibilities of a full-time position, even though she had worked at Oracle Transcription for several years and was regularly assigned to work more than 60 hours a week as a part-time editor. EEOC stated that the employee had nearly 20 years as a medical transcriptionist and as an editor and was physically capable and willing to perform the duties. Oracle Transcription ignored the employee’s requests for a full-time job and hired other persons with less experience. EEOC also charged that Oracle disseminated the employee’s confidential medical information to third parties.
This case shows that too many employers continue to make unlawful employment decisions based on uninformed prejudices and irrational fears. Remember, the purpose of the ADA is to eliminate this kind of employment discrimination against people with disabilities who are qualified to do the job.