The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the first remote-work bias case in Georgia federal court, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported on its website on Sept. 17.
At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, a former health and safety manager said she requested remote work two days a week as an accommodation for her chronic lung disease and hypertension, which increased her Covid-19 risk. Shortly after her request, the work schedules of all staff were modified to four days of remote work per week.
In June 2020, staff were required to return to the facility five days per week, the website wrote. The manager renewed her request, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. SHRM reported that according to the lawsuit, she was denied and recommended for termination by her supervisor. She was terminated in September 2020.
“It is possible that workplaces that have been able to operate efficiently under remote arrangements will be expected to make remote work available as an accommodation going forward,” SHRM said.