Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tulsa Hospital Lawsuit Settled

An Oklahoma hospital has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed over failure to accommodate a deaf operating room scrub technician. Tulsa's St. John's has also agreed to provide disability discrimination training to employees and make reports on ADA requests to the EEOC for the next three years. The problem started when doctors complained to administrators about the hearing of scrub technician LaQuita Reherman. She wears hearing aids in both ears. The hospital removed Reherman from her position and let her go when she failed to find another position within the system. But the EEOC said the problems wasn't Reherman but the loud music played in the operating room. Plus, St. John's made no effort to assist her in finding another position.