The Axiom Staffing Group, Inc. of Virginia will pay $35,000 to settle an ADA lawsuit filed by the EEOC. The EEOC charged that the company refused to place an employee through their Hagerstown, Md. facility because of her back impairment, even though she had years of experience performing clerical and customer service duties. The EEOC said that hiring officials made derogatory comments about her impairment, such as stating that she would be “too much of a liability because of her back.”
It’s important to remember that employers cannot make employment decisions based on myths, fears or assumptions. Decisions must be based on actual facts of the individual’s actual impairment, the limitations that impairment may have on performing essential job duties and whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided. The type of accommodation depends on the person’s limitation, and could include items such as anti-fatigue matting, ergonomic chair, sit/stand computer workstation, or a file carrousel.