Former Federal Worker Wins Employment Discrimination Suit
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 23, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC--A former U.S. Department of Commerce employee has won a $3 million lawsuit against the federal government for failing to accommodate her disability, the Washington Times reported.
Lisa Bremer was hired as a staff attorney at the Commerce Department in 1987. When she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years later, her employer arranged a flexible work schedule, allowing her to work part of the time from home. Bremer telecommuted two days a week until February 2002, when she was given a different job that the department said required her to come into the office full time.
Bremer's doctors recommended she be allowed to continue to telecommute as a reasonable accommodation under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. When the Department refused, she retired on federal disability in April 2003 and later filed suit against the agency.
"I'm disabled, but as an attorney, I sat at a desk," Bremer said. "I wasn't disabled at my job . . . My ability to walk did not impact my ability to be a good lawyer."
The jury award for Bremer will likely be reduced to just $300,000 under a cap imposed through the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
"Disabled federal worker awarded $3 million" (Washington Times)