Verizon To Pay $20 Million To Settle Discrimination Claims
Verizon Communications will pay a record-setting $20 million to settle claims of disability discrimination under an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The settlement reached this week is the largest single disability discrimination agreement to date for the EEOC.
It stems from a lawsuit against 24 Verizon subsidiaries alleging that employees with disabilities were disciplined or fired for missing too many days of work even in cases where absences were due to a disability and should have qualified as reasonable accommodation.
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The EEOC said Verizon’s attendance policy was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Under the settlement — which must be approved by a judge — Verizon agreed to change its policies and will pay $20 million.