The EEOC announced today the settlement for $92,500 of a disability discrimination lawsuit against University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc.

The complaint claimed that an employee with Crohn's disease whose job included answering phone calls and scheduling appointments, was undergoing medical treatment and couldn’t work for two weeks, and when she asked for one more day of medical leave she was fired.

The EEOC contended that providing her with the additional day of leave was a reasonable accommodation, and her firing pursuant to a company attendance policy violated  the ADA and its amendments (the “ADAAA”), “because it did not provide for exceptions or modifications to the attendance policy as a reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities.”

The District Director of the EEOC stated that "It is not only a good business practice to provide reasonable and inexpensive accommodations that allow employees with disabilities to remain employed, it is required by federal law."