Wellness Center to Pay $30,000 to Settle Disability and Retaliation Lawsuit

     Baker Wellness Center has reportedly agreed to pay $30,000 plus other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The EEOC alleged that the Wellness Center violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against a diabetic employee because of her disability and retaliated against her for not reporting certain medical information that Baker illegally requested on its application form.  The ADA prohibits employers from asking questions requiring medical information at the pre-offer stage of employment and also prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions against employees because of their disability, request for reasonable accommodation, or complaints of discrimination.  See EEOC v. Baker Wellness Center, Inc., No. 3:14-cv-00808 (M.D. La. 2015).

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