Case Study: Court Razes Architect’s Failure-to-Accommodate Suit

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The Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court’s dismissal of an employee’s claim that his employer failed to accommodate his disability, holding that Georgia state law provided him no legal remedy.

Facts

In 2016, Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates, Inc. (LPB)—a Lawrenceville, Georgia, architectural firm—hired Gary Johnson, a licensed architect. At the time of hire, he made LPB aware he suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus.

In 2017, Johnson acquired hearing aids, which picked up both nearby sound and distant ambient noise but couldn’t be adjusted for frequency or volume. Without his hearing aids, he

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