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Disability discrimination case results in $1.7 million judgment

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Employment Law

There might be few experiences as stressful as being turned down after applying for a new employment opportunity, especially if the decision stems from unjust reasons. Individuals in Michigan who are refused the opportunity to interview for positions due to the presence of discriminatory behaviors might not be aware of what they can do to protect their rights and interests. A woman in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $1.7 million during a recent disability discrimination case after she was denied the chance to interview for a position at a local distribution company.

Disability discrimination lawsuit

According to reports, the woman had applied for a position with a local distribution company in 2018. Reports indicate that company called her to speak with her about the position and she returned the call via a telecommunications relay service. This reportedly informed the company that she had some type of hearing impairment and while she was told that the person she needed to speak with would contact her soon, no further contact attempts were made.

The woman filed a lawsuit in 2020 accusing the company of disability discrimination. While she claims that she was able to meet the requirements of the position in question, the lawsuit stated that after learning that she was deaf, the company refused to interview her for the position and removed her as a potential job candidate. During recent legal proceedings, a jury ruled in favor of awarding her a substantial monetary judgment.

Encountering workplace discrimination

Those who encounter workplace discrimination may experience various challenges in life, as such behavior may lead to denied opportunities for career advancement or denial of employment altogether. Individuals in Michigan who feel they have been subjected to such treatment might find it helpful to speak with an attorney for advice in addressing their situations. An attorney can provide insight on all a client’s legal rights and available options and help create a strategy with which to safeguard his or her future interests.