Magnolia Health Corp., a Tulare-based operator of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, will pay $325,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The company’s actions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the agency said Wednesday.
It sued Magnolia in 2012, alleging discrimination against job applicants and employees who had disabilities, a record of a disability, or who were perceived as having one.
The company also denied accommodations for employees with disabilities, refused to hire people with disabilities and required employees to be “completely free of medical restrictions to work,” the commission said.
Under a two-year consent decree, Magnolia will also hire a consultant to revise policies and procedures, and provide training to the workforce.
Kensett “Kenny” Moyle, chief executive officer of Magnolia, said the company denies all the allegations but made a business decision to settle the case.
“We make every reasonable accommodation we can” for employees or applicants with a disability, he said.