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Texas Housekeeping Provider to Pay $520K Over Disability Discrimination Suit *Centurion Insurance AFS*

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Hospital Housekeeping Systems, LLC (HHS), a provider of housekeeping, food and facilities support to numerous industries, based in Dripping Springs, Texas, will pay $520,000 as part of the settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

The EEOC charged in its suit that HHS violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when the company began requiring employees to take the Essential Functions Test (EFT) at hire, annually, and upon the return from a medical leave of absence, even when portions of the test were not job-related.

When the employees failed any portion of the EFT, HHS fired them despite the employees successfully performing the essential functions of their jobs. The company also did not offer any reasonable accommodations during the EFT.

This alleged conduct violates the ADA, which requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities unless doing so would cause an undue hardship. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Hospital Housekeeping Systems, LLC, Civil Action No. 2:21-cv-02134 PKH) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its administrative conciliation process.

Along with the monetary relief, the three-year consent decree settling the suit, entered by Senior U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes II, requires HHS to provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities during the administration of the EFT in the future, enjoins HHS from taking adverse action against any employee who complains about the EFT, and prohibits HHS from terminating an employee solely based on a failed EFT. HHS will conduct semiannual training regarding EFT testing and retaliation under the ADA.

Source: EEOC


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