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Ex-employee claims employment discrimination from nonprofit

A variety of individuals, including homeless individuals or those in poverty, can sometimes benefit from the help of nonprofit organizations. While these organizations often prove to be hugely beneficial for their intended target, a Michigan nonprofit has been accused of doing the opposite. The alleged victim has since filed a lawsuit against the organization for employment discrimination.

The Michigan nonprofit, Disability Network, reportedly discriminated against one of its employees, who was deaf. The employee says that he was denied reasonable accommodations for what appears to be his hearing impairment. He was not permitted to use text messages or a video phone in order to communicate.

Apparently, further requests for a text telephone -- also known as TTY equipment -- were also denied. Ultimately, he believes that he was fired due to his requirement for reasonable work accommodations. These allegations violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In his lawsuit against the Michigan nonprofit organization, Disability Network, this former employee is seeking back pay as well as financial recourse for the emotional turmoil that he suffered as a result of the supposed employment discrimination and subsequent termination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission did at first attempt to settle with the nonprofit, but the attempt was unsuccessful. Although victims who have suffered workplace discrimination may simply wish for the ordeal to be over, pursuing the matter in court after a failed attempt at settling may be a smart and competent move. If successful, this former employee and others who have suffered similar discrimination can recoup the financial impact that a wrongful termination can cause.

Source:, "Disability Network Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination", , June 6, 2014

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