Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sues Howard
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week filed a lawsuit against Howard University, alleging discriminatory hiring practices against an applicant with Type 2 diabetes.
The suit alleges that Charles Muse was denied employment as a security guard at Howard University Hospital in 2009, after disclosing his need for dialysis treatments that would not allow him to work morning shifts for three days per week. From the EEOC release:
The EEOC charged that despite being fully qualified for the security officer positions, Muse was denied hire for both positions. Muse’s qualifications included over 40 years of experience as a police officer and private security guard, including being a veteran of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. According to the complaint, Howard University continued to solicit applications for the security officer positions after denying Muse hire, and ultimately hired more than 40 security officers.
The EEOC says that attempts to reach a settlement for back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages were unsuccessful.