Bank of America to pay vision-impaired temp $110,000 to resolve a disability discrimination case

Bank of America will pay $110,000 to a former temporary worker to resolve a disability discrimination case brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Bank of America violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it failed to accommodate a visually impaired data entry worker and instead terminated his temporary assignment at one of the bank’s branches in downtown Chicago after one day on the job.

In addition to monetary relief for the former employee, the decree includes an injunction requiring the bank provide reasonable accommodations to temporary and contingent workers at its branches throughout Illinois, provides for training about the ADA’s requirements and imposes recordkeeping and reporting requirements for the duration of the decree.

The EEOC filed the suit in 2011, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. US District Judge Milton Shadur entered the decree resolving the suit Dec. 18.

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