Hundreds of former Verizon Communications employees are pretty certain the company can hear them now. Verizon has agreed to pay $20 million in addition to a number of conditions to settle a nationwide class disability discrimination lawsuit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed. The suit is reportedly the largest settlement of its kind for a single lawsuit in EEOC history.
Verizon allegedly denied reasonable accommodations to disabled employees and disciplined or fired them for absences directly related to their disabilities, the EEOC said Wednesday in a release. The communications giant adheres to a “no fault” attendance policy for all employees, and refused to make any exception to the rule. According to the EEOC, this treatment is in direct violation of ADA rules prohibiting disability discrimination, which requires employers to provide such accommodations unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer.