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EEOC: District Discriminates Against One Of Its Own
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 7, 2006

EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA--Denise McCliment says that the Easton Area School District discriminated against her on the basis of her disabilities when it refused to even interview the part-time janitor for a full-time position.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agrees.

But while McCliment, who has a learning disability and epilepsy, is asking the district to pay her $26,000 in back pay and benefits, the EEOC says she is entitled to more than $50,000.

The district argues that McCliment -- a former special education student at Easton Area High School -- was a "slow" worker who performed poorly without added supervision.

The EEOC noted that there were no complaints about McCliment's work performance -- until after she filed her discrimination charge. Besides, increased supervision could be a "reasonable accommodation" under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the commission explained.

The Express-Times quoted McCliment's husband, Larry, as saying he and his wife are waiting for right-to-sue papers from EEOC before moving ahead with their lawsuit.

"Janitor: District plays dirty" (Easton Express-Times)


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