Kaiser Sued for Disability Discrimination for Failing to Provide Job Coach

  27 July 2016

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente on behalf of a former food service worker with a disability.

According to the EEOC, Kaiser Permanente initially hired the individual as a food service worker at its San Diego Medical Center facility. The former worker has a medical condition, hydrocephalus, which causes difficulties with memory, dizziness and concentration. According to the EEOC, the worker requested additional training time and the assistance of a temporary job coach so that he might effectively learn his job and perform his job duties. Toward MaximumIndependence (TMI), a non-profit organization in San Diego specializing in assisting people with disabilities, was available to provide the temporary job coaching services for the worker free of charge to the employer. However, Kaiser allegedly refused to grant the accommodation request, and instead fired the worker. Read More.