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Fabric Distributor Settles Lawsuit for Refusing to Hire Applicant with Alleged Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Genetic Information Discrimination
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged Fabricut, Inc. of Tulsa, OK with alleged disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fabricut was also charged with alleged violation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act when it asked for the job applicant's family medical history. The company refused to hire an applicant after a pre-employment medical exam found that she may have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Communications Company Settles Lawsuit for Failing to Provide Accommodation for Employee with Cancer
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged SITA Information Networking Computing USA, Inc. (SITA) in Atlanta with alleged disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new employee requested a reasonable accommodation to be allowed to work part-time to complete her recovery from cancer surgery. Instead, SITA withdrew its job offer. The company has agreed to provide equal opportunity training to its staff.
Rehabilitation Center Settles Lawsuit for Failing to Provide Accommodation to Employee with Renal Failure
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged the Fort Worth Center of Rehabilitation (FWCR) with alleged disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A job applicant requested a reasonable accommodation in the form of a different drug test because of her kidney failure. Instead, the Texas-based FWCR denied her request and took back its conditional offer of employment. The center must pay damages to the applicant and take steps to avoid future discrimination.
Education Department to Award New Grants to Parent Training & Information Centers (PTIC) - Application Deadline June 10
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, has issued a notice inviting applicants for new awards for PTICs in fiscal year 2013. PTICs provide parents of children with disabilities, from birth to age 26, with the training and information they need to help their children. Two awards will be given to PTICs that serve Montana and Arkansas. Application deadline is June 10, 2013 (CFDA Number 84.328M).
GAAD will highlight and introduce the subject of digital accessibility for people with disabilities, including Web, software, mobile apps and devices. Many designers, developers and technology users are unaware of where they can go to learn how to make technologies accessible and inclusive to users with different disabilities. On May 9, 2013, several in-person public events will be held worldwide. Find out how to participate in these events and other events, or create your own.