EEOC Files Flurry of Disability-Discrimination Suits Against National Employers
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed disability discrimination lawsuits in recent weeks against a trio of employers with big retail operations, moves that may signal the agency under the Biden administration is taking a tougher stance on how far businesses must go to accommodate disabled workers.
The flurry of disability-discrimination cases may signal that additional cases from the commission are in the offing, said Mara Levin, a Blank Rome partner in New York who helps lead the firm’s labor and employment practice.
“The EEOC does not normally bring actions against private employers unless they see that there is pervasive discrimination,” Levin said. “That the EEOC has brought litigation against three significant retailers shows that the EEOC is becoming more aggressive.”
Blank Rome’s Levin said one reason she expects more disability-discrimination litigation is that the condition known as long COVID-19 has left more workers in need of disability accommodations.
Levin also said there’s been a cultural shift. Workers are more aware of their rights than ever before.
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"EEOC Files Flurry of Disability-Discrimination Suits Against National Employers," by Hugo Guzman was published in Corporate Counsel on September 9, 2022.