Muskegon Family Care to Pay $21,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Michigan

“According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Avis Lane worked for Muskegon Family Care as an outreach-enrollment coordinator. Before she began work, the company required that she submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical. The medical specialist who conducted that physical recommended that Lane be put on a medical hold due to medications she was taking. Notwithstanding the recommended medical hold, the company allowed Lane to work for over a month. Eventually, Muskegon Family Care fired her based on the recommended medical hold, the EEOC said.

 

Firing an employee on the basis of disability violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And an employer is liable for the actions of its agent, such as a medical specialist who conducts pre-employment physicals. EEOC filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (EEOC v. M.G.H. Family Health Center d/b/a Muskegon Family Care, Civil Case No.: 15-952) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Enforcement
Systems: 
  • Other
Topics: 
  • 14(c)/Income Security
Other: 
  • State of Michigan
Date Enacted: 
02/23/2017
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