A federal jury awarded $1,675,000 to a deaf applicant passed over for two warehouse positions

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Before discussing the jury verdict, I’ll tell you a little about how we got here.

Let’s go back to New Year’s Eve 2020 when the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced (here) that it had sued a distribution company for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to interview a qualified applicant because she was deaf.

According to the EEOC’s complaint, a deaf individual applied for two warehouse positions at one of the company’s warehouses for which she was fully qualified. The company contacted her the same day and left a message. She then returned the call using

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