Federal agency sues Citizens Bank for disability bias

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A federal agency is charging a national bank with discrimination after a Rhode Island man resigned from his position due to disability.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Wednesday charging Citizens Bank with disability bias.

The lawsuit claims the bank discriminated against a call center supervisor who requested reassignment after severe anxiety forced him to take a medical leave of absence.

According to the EEOC, the employee requested to be reassigned to a role that would not require him to take phone calls from customers. The company refused to reassign the employee, leading to his resignation.

The EEOC claims that Citizens violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they would not reassign the employee to any of the vacant positions that would accommodate his needs.

The ADA “prohibits employers from discriminating based on disability and requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability, unless the accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the employer.”

In the case of this lawsuit, The EEOC said they’re seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief for the employee.

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