Judge: Hopkins violated ADA by not hiring interpreter

Judge: Hopkins violated ADA by not hiring interpreterHospital ‘relied on stereotypes or generalizations about deafness,’ judge rules.

Johns Hopkins Hospital can be held liable under the Americans with Disabilities Act for rescinding a job offer to a deaf nurse by claiming that paying for a sign language interpreter was cost-prohibitive, a federal judge has ruled. Lauren Searls later found employment at a New York hospital where she was provided an interpreter and has worked successfully.

“Ms. Searls is very happy at the vindication of her right and the right of other individuals who are deaf to work in health care,” said Joe Espo, who represented Lauren Searls.

Joe Espo and Jessie Weber represented the plaintiff.

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