The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached a settlement with Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS), a health care provider organization within Hennepin County, Minnesota, to resolve an age discrimination complaint. The settlement resolves EEOC investigations of HHS practices that violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA).
The EEOC investigation determined that HHS’s “Late Career Practitioner Policy” discriminated against practitioners age 70 and older by requiring them to undergo age-related screenings and medical examinations, in violation of the ADEA and ADA. HHS eliminated the Late Career Practitioner Policy on April 15, 2020, and agreed to resolve the investigations through EEOC’s conciliation process. The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.
The resolution provides monetary relief to the affected individuals identified by the EEOC, reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs associated with the exams not covered by insurance, and a commitment from HHS that it will not require employees to undergo medical inquiries that violate the ADEA or ADA. The company will also provide periodic reporting to the EEOC on the formal complaints related to age discrimination, unlawful medical inquiries, and/or retaliation related to those complaints for the next three years and post an internal notification to its employees of the resolution.
This was reported by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on January 7, 2021.
Contact information: Cherie Doak, Director, Minneapolis Area Office, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Towle Building, 330 South Second Avenue, Suite 720, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2224; 612-552-7326; Website: https://www.eeoc.gov/field-office/minneapolis/location; or Julianne Bowman, Director, Chicago District Office, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 230 S. Dearborn St, Suite 1866, Chicago, Illinois 60604; 312-869-8050; Website: https://www.eeoc.gov/field-office/chicago/location
Contact information: Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55415; Website: https://www.hennepinhealthcare.org/