Federal employee wins appeal to EEOC. Complainant, a federal employee working for the US Postal Service, filed an EEO alleging that the agency discriminated against him on the basis of his disability. The Agency issued a final agency decision (FAD) finding no discrimination and Complainant appealed to the EEOC. The EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations (OFO) held that the Agency failed to provide Complainant with an interpreter for a kickoff meeting as required by the Rehabilitation Act. The Court noted that because the Agency was well aware of Complainant’s disability as a deaf individual, there was no need for him to specifically request an interpreter for the meeting. Further the court held that the Agency’s attempt to “make up” the meeting for the Complainant was by the Agency’s own admission insufficient to remedy the situation.
Lamar M. v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Appeal No. 2019005929 (June 15, 2021) https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/decisions/2021_08_31/2019005929.pdf
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