Attorney Jeffrey Taren has obtained a $100,000 settlement from a Homeowners Association that refused to timely accommodate a disabled veteran in his attempt to purchase a home. The accommodation being sought was simply a waiver of a truck weight limit to allow the client to park his disability-plated vehicle that transported his support dog and his mobility devices. The family alleged that the failure to approve the request for an accommodation caused them to forfeit their contract to purchase a newly constructed, handicap-accessible home. As part of the settlement, the Homeowners Association agreed to adopt a new policy requiring it to promptly consider requests for accommodation and also to undergo training regarding its obligations under the Fair Housing Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. The home buyers were referred to MacDonald Hoague & Bayless by the Fair Housing Center of Washington located in Tacoma.
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, a federal court jury found Generations Healthcare Network at Oakton Pavillion, LLC, a Des Plaines nursing home, liable for firing its former Director of Nursing because she had breast cancer. The jury awarded $400,000 in damages for emotional injuries, one of the largest such awards in Illinois under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Plaintiff alleged that when Generations found out she had cancer in June of 2014, it immediately began a hunt for her replacement. Generations purchased the nursing facility on September 1, 2014 and just 10 days later, the Plaintiff was fired. Immediately after the Plaintiff was fired the administrator of the facility, told the staff that the Director of Nursing was let go because of her health.
A jury of seven deliberated four hours before finding that Generations actions violate both federal and state laws protecting people from being discriminated against because of a disability such as cancer.
One of the attorneys for the Plaintiff, Jeffrey Taren, with MacDonald Hoague & Bayless stated: “This case shows that cancer survivors continue to face discrimination in the workplace. This verdict is proof that women like the Plaintiff, who stand up for their rights, can obtain justice.”