Failing to Make Reasonable Accommodations for Disabled Employees is Illegal

     Three car dealerships will reportedly pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the EEOC alleging that the dealerships terminated an employee, Shara Rynearson, because of her disability.  The EEOC alleged that in October 2010, after she had been working for the car dealerships for about three months as a sales person, Rynearson notified her supervisor that she had experienced a sudden change in vision, numbness in half of her face, and loss of balance.  The employee went to the emergency room after notifying her supervisor of these problems.  Rynearson was tentatively diagnosed with multiple sclerosis the next day, she was also given instructions not to work until she saw a neurologist.  The employer did not allow Rynearson to take medical leave and instead fired her in November 2010.  The alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because the law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with a disability unless the accommodations would cause an undue hardship for the employer.  See EEOC v. Liberty Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge LLC, No. 3:15-CV-00232-HDM-VPC (D. Nev.).

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