Blind Woman Sues for Workplace Discrimination and Mistreatment

Texas companies who have disabled employees must offer them reasonable accommodations so long as they do not present an undue hardship. A woman who worked for Horizons Youth Services in another state claims that she was forced to quit her job because her former employer did not accommodate her disability. She filed a claim against the company in federal court, alleging workplace discrimination.

The plaintiff alleges that she discussed that she was blind when she started working for the company, discussed that she was blind, and in order to do her job, she would require some assistance. In the beginning, the plaintiff was aided by the hiring supervisor. However, the hiring supervisor later quit, and a part-time employee was hired to help her. However, that person was later terminated.

Without a reasonable accommodation, the woman claims that she could not effectively do her job and repeatedly requested appropriate accommodations. She asserts that she was unable to file paperwork, and she eventually fell behind. Additionally, when she struggled to use the company network, she was never helped. The plaintiff was apparently disciplined and, out of fear of being fired, she decided to quit on her own.

Even after the plaintiff left the company, she alleges the discrimination continued as the company denied that she had ever asked for a reasonable accommodation, which caused her difficulties when she filed for unemployment. She sued Horizons Youth Services for the workplace discrimination she faced and for an alleged violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act. Individuals in Texas with disabilities who perceive they are being victimized have the right to complain. Based on proof of discrimination, the claimant may be awarded monetary compensation and, in some instances, reinstatement to a former employment position.

Source:, "Blind career counselor claims she was the victim of human rights violations", Hoang Tran, Feb. 19, 2016