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Mississippi HomeCare of Picayune, a home healthcare provider based in Mississippi, will pay $100,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a worker who suffered a seizure while on the job. Upon returning to work, the woman requested an accommodation to help her better perform certain computer related tasks. The lawsuit alleges that the company ignored the request and made no attempt to assist the woman. Furthermore, her employment was terminated approximately one month after the request.

The EEOC alleged that this behavior violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After an unsuccessful attempt to reach a pre-litigation settlement, the EEOC filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Southern Division.

To go along with $100,000 paid to the victim, the company agreed to a two-year consent decree that requires it to provide ADA training to employees.

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