Verizon Settles ADA Suit Over Absence Policy For $20M

Law360, New York (July 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT) -- Verizon Communications Inc. agreed on Wednesday in Maryland to pay $20 million to settle the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's claims that the company's attendance policies failed to accommodate a class of workers whose absences were caused by their disabilities.

The agency's lawsuit, lodged Tuesday, alleged that Verizon refused to make exceptions to its attendance plans, even when legally required to do so in order to provide reasonable accommodation to employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a consent decree filed Wednesday, which is subject...
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