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St. Vincent to pay $15K in disability discrimination lawsuit

Posted at 3:51 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 15:51:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- St. Vincent Hospital will pay $15,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee.

In a statement Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it had reached an agreement to settle the suit with St. Vincent filed in September on behalf of Latoya Moore.

Unspecified disabilities caused Moore to be place on permanent lifting restrictions. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, when St. Vincent learned Moore’s restrictions would be indefinite, the hospital required her to take leave a reduced pay, “even though Moore was interested in continuing to work.”

The EEOC also said St. Vincent failed to transfer Moore to vacant positions she was qualified for and could perform despite her disabilities. The hospital later fired Moore, according to a release from the EEOC.

READ MORE | EEOC accuses St. Vincent Hospital of wrongfully firing worker with disability

In a consent decree filed May 24, St. Vincent agrees to pay Moore $15,000 in lost wages and compensatory damages. The hospital has also agreed going forward to notify employees whose disabilities prevent them from performing their existing jobs that reassignment to a vacant position for which they are qualified is a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

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