Commercial Real Estate Company Rescinded Offer to Applicant With Disability, Federal Agency Charged
ATLANTA - Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., a commercial real estate company headquartered in Chicago with an office in Atlanta, will pay $82,500 to settle a disability discrimination charge brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.
The EEOC filed suit in 2017, charging that Jones Lang LaSalle violated federal law when its Atlanta office refused to hire an applicant in 2016 after she disclosed her disability. According to the EEOC's complaint, the applicant accepted a job offer with Jones Lang LaSalle and disclosed her disability after human resources reached out to her to discuss her new position. After the applicant disclosed her disability, Jones Lang LaSalle rescinded its job offer.
Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their disabilities and because they requested a reasonable accommodation for those disabilities. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-04017-ELR-JSA) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
The consent decree settling the suit was signed by the court on July 2, 2018. In addition to the monetary relief, Jones Lang LaSalle agreed to provide employment discrimination training to its management and non-management employees, and to post anti-discrimination notices at its Atlanta facility. In addition, the decree subjects Jones Lang LaSalle to reporting and monitoring requirements.
"The disclosure of a disability is the first step in the interactive process between the employer and employee when requesting an accommodation under the ADA," said Bernice Williams-Kimbrough, district director for the EEOC's Atlanta District Office. "This disclosure should result in a conversation between the two parties about how to successfully address the employee's needs, not in the rescission of a job offer."
Antonette Sewell, regional attorney for the EEOC's Atlanta District Office, added, "The agency is pleased that Jones Lang LaSalle agreed to resolve this case and further train its employees on its obligations under the ADA. The applicant in this case has been compensated and the employer will be better equipped to respond the next time an applicant or employee discloses a disability."
The EEOC's Atlanta District Office oversees Georgia and parts of South Carolina.
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