Statement from Dignity Health: Dignity Health values their employees and supports those with disabilities. For this particular situation, after months of time and effort, we were not able to provide an accommodation to address Ms. Sorling’s needs without comprising her safety and the safety of others. This resolution will allow Ms. Sorling to move forward with her life, and we wish her the very best.
REDDING, Calif. - Mercy Medical Center in Redding will have to pay out a substantial settlement. Dignity Health will have to pay out $570,000.
The U.S. equal employment commission made the announcement Thursday. They filed the lawsuit after a cafeteria employee claimed that the medical center did not accommodate her medical condition.
Alina Sorling had been working there for 10 years and said she suffers from a severe illness, leaving her with vision loss.
The $570,000 settlement includes lost wages and fees. It also requires Dignity Health to update its policies and training moving forward.
Now in addition to the money, Mercy Medical will have to train all leadership and employees in recognizing and eliminating discrimination.