Assisted living facility to pay $42,500 settlement in EEOC suit

A Michigan assisted living group will pay more than $42,000 to settle a  disability discrimination lawsuit alleging it fired an employee with epilepsy.

The Pines of Clarkston Inc., operated by The Pines Senior Assisted Living and Memory Care, also will “provide other relief” to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC filed the suit in 2013, and said The Pines fired the administrator of the assisted living facility on her first day of work, after a medical examination revealed she had epilepsy.

In addition to monetary relief, The Pines must institute policies regarding discrimination and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Firing an employee because of fears about conditions such as epilepsy strikes at the heart of the ADA," said Dale Price, a trial attorney with the EEOC.

A spokesman for The Pines could not be reached for comment by press time.

The settlement was the second time in a week the EEOC and long-term care were at odds: The commission filed a lawsuit last week against a California-based senior living corporation, claiming it hired nine workers and then fired them after medical examinations showed they had disabilities or past injuries.