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.
- Wear kid gloves with accommodation requests; they are 'protected activity'
- Subjective hiring criteria are fine--if you can cite a sound business reason
- Don't sweat minor compensation differences
- Retaliation rule: Would 'reasonable employee' have been dissuaded from complaining?
- Freeport HR director sues for defamation, retaliation, bias