Saturday, July 17, 2010
Ventura County, California will pay a woman $45,000 for not hiring her because she was deaf. A judge approved the deal Friday. Lee Ann Unchangco had been a social worker in Los Angeles for some 8 years but when she applied for the same position in Ventura County during 2005, Unchangco was turned away despite receiving high marks in her interview. During a second round of interviews, it was made clear to her that she would not be hired because she is deaf – despite the fact she had a decade of experience in the same position that earned her high praise in Los Angeles County. The EEOC investigation concluded the county admitted the only reason Unchangco wasn't hired was because she is deaf.