U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Medical Transcription Company Denied Job to Woman Because of Multiple Sclerosis, Federal Agency Charged
BALTIMORE – Oracle Transcription Company, Inc., a Rockville, Md., transcription company, will pay $30,000 and furnish substantial remedial relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.
According to EEOC’s suit (Civil Action No. RWT-8:09-CV-2564) filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, since at least May 2006 and continuing to the present, Oracle denied Mary Bobik a position as a full-time medical transcription editor. Oracle’s supervisor told Bobik that they didn’t want to “stress her out” with the responsibilities of a full-time position, even though she had worked at Oracle Transcription for several years and was regularly assigned to work more than 60 hours a week as a part-time editor. Bobik had nearly 20 years as a medical transcriptionist and as an editor and was physically capable and willing to perform the duties, the EEOC said. Instead, the agency said, Oracle Transcription ignored Bobik’s requests for a full-time job and hired other persons with less experience. Additionally, the EEOC charged, Oracle disseminated Bobik’s confidential medical information to third parties.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate against a qualified individual because of a disability. The law also requires that employers keep all medical records and information confidential and in separate medical files. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement out of court.
In addition to the monetary relief to Bobick, EEOC’s settlement requires Oracle Transcription to provide significant remedial relief during the five-year consent decree. Oracle will:
“This case shows that too many employers continue to make unlawful employment decisions based on uninformed prejudices and irrational fears,” said Debra M. Lawrence, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Philadelphia District, whose jurisdiction includes Maryland. “We brought this lawsuit because the purpose of the ADA is to eliminate this kind of employment discrimination against people with disabilities who are qualified to do the job.”
According to its web site (www.oracleti.com) Oracle Transcription provides medical transcription services to hospitals and medical facilities in Washington D.C. and throughout the country.
In fiscal year 2009, disability-based charges rose to an unprecedented level of 21,451, representing 23 percent of all charges filed in Fiscal Year 2009.
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the Commission is available on its web site a www.eeoc.gov.