Employer Will Pay $150K to End Suit for Allegedly Refusing to Hire Deaf Applicant

March 04, 2019

USA Parking Services, Inc, has agreed to pay $150,000 and provide other relief, to settle allegations that the hospitality industry-focused valet and parking company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it rejected a deaf applicant for a valet attendant job due to disability discrimination. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the employer allegedly refused to hire a deaf applicant for a valet attendant position based on the assumption that a deaf person could not perform the essential functions of the job, rather than conduct an individualized assessment of his abilities. Before denying an accommodation request by a disabled employee, we recommend all employers contact SESCO to ensure compliance with the ADA.