California Jury Rejects Deaf Worker’s Discrimination Suit

January 8, 2016

A jury in Sacramento, Calif. federal court has decided that a Placer County nonprofit did not discriminate against a deaf employee by failing to provide an American Sign Language interpreter.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the jury found that Homeyra Kazerounian’s claims that Placer ARC discriminated her were unfounded.

The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

LawsuitIt accused Placer of refusing to provide interpretation at staff meetings and forcing Kazerounian to communicate primarily in English, though she was more fluent in American Sign Language, thus violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

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