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Poorly timed physical costs NYPD in ADA case

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Hiring,Human Resources

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has agreed to a settlement in a disability discrimination case filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. An applicant for a school crossing guard position had filed the complaint and later sued, alleging that the NYPD required a physical examination im­­mediately upon completion of a job application.

The ADA requires employers to make a conditional offer of employment before requiring any medical examinations.

Under the settlement, the NYPD will pay the applicant $65,000 and make her a conditional offer of em­ployment. The department also agreed to provide ADA training to its hiring personnel.

Note: Sometimes it’s the simplest tasks that trip employers up. That’s why training on the basics is essential to keep liability costs down.

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